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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.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Feb 05 2004   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2 The Threat, UT2003 w/AA+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 AA+AF
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 2x AA, 8x AF 10954
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 4x AA, 8x AF 8698

Breaking 10k with AA on is awesome. The MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 has a lot of power in it as you can see.

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 AA, 8x AF 76.594
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 4x AA, 8x AF 63.195

If you want to game with 2x AA and 8x AF, the MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 gives you the bare minimum frames you'd want. Not bad for a mainstream card.

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 AA, 8x AF

108.66

MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 4x AA, 8x AF 91.19

UT2003 1024x768 Botmatch with AF
Video Card FPS Ranking
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 2x AA, 8x AF

75.63

MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 4x AA, 8x AF

67.9

UT2003 seems to think that the MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 has plenty of power. That should be good enough for most of you. ;-)

A worthy mainstream videocard

If you're looking for a new videocard, now is certainly an excellent time to buy. Both ATi and nVIDIA are aggressively trying to get you to choose their products, which means prices are low.

The GeForceFX 5700 Ultra is nVIDIA's mainstream savior and as you can see from the benchmarks, the MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 beats the Radeon 9600XT in almost all the tests.

If that's not good enough for you, it seems the GeForceFX 5700 Ultra videocards have a lot of headroom for overclocking too. The card we tested was able to reach 580 MHz core speed while having the memory run at 1003 MHz!

MSI's TOP Tech cooling solutions worked well. The fan is very quiet, and inside an enclosed closed case you wouldn't hear it at all. The copper plated RAMsinks were measured at around 60 degrees Celsius during intensive 3D applications.

With a retail price of $280 CDN ($209 US) the MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 is priced relatively well compared to other GeForceFX 5700 Ultra cards, but it doesn't hurt to shop around before buying. It's an easy bet that if you decide on the MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128, it'll be the last AGP videocard you ever use considering PCI express is on the near horizon.

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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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