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MSI NBox FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra Videocard Review

MSI NBox FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra Videocard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Recently there seem to have be a videocard renascence developing. Many manufacturers are now overclocking their cards right from the get go.
 89% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Jul 30 2003   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, QIII Arena w/AA

3DMark2001SE Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

3DMark2001SE Benchmark Results with AA
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
1.

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 2x AA

14470
2.

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra QCx AA

14368
3.

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 4x AA

13527
4.

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 4xS AA

11141
5.

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 6xS AA

8862
6.

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 8x AA

7306

The MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra does very well in 3DMark when AA is enabled. Performance does not really drop until 4xS AA.

Quake III Arena

Source: ID Software

Quake III Arena is a First Person Shooter (FPS) that revolutionized gaming as we know it. Using multiple light sources and having graphics textures that can fill videocards.

Quake III Arena MAX 1024x768 demo001 with AA
Video Card FPS Ranking
1.

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 2x AA

309.1
2.

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra QCx AA

309.9
3.

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 4x AA

296.3
4.

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 8x AA

85

Quake III Arena MAX 1600x1200 demo001 with AA
Video Card FPS Ranking
1.

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 2x AA

200.1
2.

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra QCx AA

199.6
3.

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 4x AA

171.8
4.

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 8x AA

35

Only 8x AA at both resolutions is not playable.

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Contents of Article: MSI FX5900U-VTD256
 Pg 1.  MSI NBox FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  The nBox FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra
 Pg 3.  Cooling the FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra
 Pg 4.  FX5900 Ultra Technology
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 11.  — Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, QIII Arena w/AA
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, QIII Arena w/AF
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, QIII Arena w/AA + AF
 Pg 14.  Expensive, but what do you expect?

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