The Serpent Rider wrote on 2020-01-11, 17:03:
the GF4 MX is the best card for Windows 98 gaming for compatibility/performance
Not in the slightest. The best all-around cards are still GeForce 2 series. Just by the fact that they have access to almost all early Detonator drivers, which is a huge boon for slow CPU configs and compatibility options.
With GeForce 4 MX, you're limited to Detonator 27.xx or newer driver.
Well back in the day a slow CPU might be a factor, but not now. There is no need to make a CPU bottlenecked build. Detonator 4X.XX series are really not noticeably slower than 27.xx in a well balanced system, but work better with latter games. Also a Geforce 2 is just slower than a good MX440/460. So the combo MX460+Detonator 4x.xx should be faster even in slower CPUs.
Oh, and you can still buy a GREAT MX440/460 for like 5€ if you look closely. For me they are just better in every single aspect, buy i am not saying the GF2 is bad or anything.
candle_86 wrote on 2020-01-11, 17:34:
I'd second that I switched to a gts from an mx440 128mb 128bit card just because it plays nicer with really old games and drivers
MX440 with 128MB and 128-bit bus are extremely RARE, i have never seen one, if they even exist. Yours probably was a 64-bit one. Also there are no known compatibility differences in games between GF2 and GF4 MX.
candle_86 wrote on 2020-01-11, 22:01:
Off the top of my head, turok was faster on the gts, as well as MDK, star wars secrets of the empire, and xwing 95.
That might confirm yours was a 64-bit one. But anyway those games should FLY at very high FPS on a GF2 GTS or a good GF4MX card. I really does not matter if it runs 5 fps slower or faster in one or the other.