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MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 Videocard Review

MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With 128MB of memory on board, and nice little bundle of software in the box, this should prove to be a pretty good deal for about $280CDN.
 83% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Feb 05 2004   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128

Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2 The Threat, UT2003 w/AF

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.

3DMark2001 Benchmark Results with AF
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 2x AF 14362
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 4x AF 13553
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 8x AF 12845

It's nice to see that AF does not degrade performance too much. The MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 still scores very well.

X2: The Threat Source: Egosoft

A completely rewritten 3D engine based on DirectX8 encompasses many visual effects such as volumetric Nebulae (gas clouds) that have a real impact in the game (you can hide in them), many new engine, shield, weapon and explosion effects. Objects cast real dynamic 3D shadows! Dynamic DP3 bump mapping allows a previously unseen level of detail.

X2 The Threat 1024x768-32bit with AF
Video Card FPS Ranking
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 2x AF 91.068
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 4x AF 87.625
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 8x AF

80.005

Even with 8x AF, X2 is playable!

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

UT2003 1024x768 Flyby with AF
Video Card FPS Ranking
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 2x AF

146.53

MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 4x AF 134.87
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 8x AF

129.07

UT2003 1024x768 Botmatch with AF
Video Card FPS Ranking
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 2x AF

82.54

MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 4x AF 82.04
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 8x AF

81.11

If you're a hardcore gamer you'll be pleased to see AF does not affect performance too much.

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Contents of Article: MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128
 Pg 1.  MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking the FX5700 Ultra
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, CodeCreatures
 Pg 4.  Benchmark: AquaMark2.3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks AquaMark3, Gun Metal 2
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: X2 The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2 The Threat, UT2003 w/AA
 Pg 8.  — Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2 The Threat, UT2003 w/AF
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2 The Threat, UT2003 w/AA+AF

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