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MSI Starforce GeForce 4 MX 420

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Date Posted: April 17, 2002

As far as packaging and my first impressions with the board, I would say they were fairly positive overall. I was a bit dissapointed that the card didn't include DDR RAM, as the box said. The fact that MSI included Aquanox was even more dissapointing. Aquanox is probably the most boring game I have ever played. I would much rather they had thrown in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter. The worst thing is that this card won't even take advantage of the DirectX 8 features AquaNox is programmed to use.

After I removed the card from the anti-static bag, I installed into an MSI K7T266 Pro2 mainboard. Power up...nothing but beeps. I turned it off, powered back up, nothing but beeps again. I made sure everything was seated and cleared the CMOS, and it still wouldn't boot. Finally, I tried to power the system and it worked. This actually is a known issue with the MSI GeForce 4MX boards and the K7T266Pro2, and it is really annoying. After a call to MSI technical support I was informed that MSI is working hard to clear up the situation. I decided to not test the graphics card in that particular mainboard because of the obvious problems that it was having from the get go. This compatibility problem needs to be ironed out by MSI, and soon. I bought the K7T266 Pro2 because it is a great board, but if it won't work with the newest wave of video cards, then what good does it do me? After I decided to install the board in my MSI K7D Master, everything went fine. I installed the drivers supplied with the card, and everything went smoothly. The drivers were a bit dated, but I found them to be more than adequate in my gaming tests and benchmarks.

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