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.
numbers denote better performance.
|3DMark2001 - Benchmark Results with
|MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 2x AA, 8x AF
|MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 4x AA, 8x AF
pretty good scores considering both AA and AF are enabled!
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
4xAA and 8xAF enabled X2 plays very well.
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 Botmatch with AF|
FX5900XT-VTD128 2x AA, 8x AF
FX5900XT-VTD128 4x AA, 8x AF
Those number should definitely keep even the most
hardcore user happy.
I think it's safe to say that nVIDIA
now offers the best mainstream GPU on the market
with the GeForceFX 5900XT. In fact, nVIDIA has done such a great job with their
mainstream GeForceFX 5900XT that it may even steal a few sales away from the
high end GeForceFX 5950 Ultra!
With a retail price around $290 CDN ($220 US), the MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 is in all
honesty an absolute steal... and can easily keep the most active gamer out there
At stock speeds the MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 is a solid performer,
often running just shy of the ATi Radeon 9800 Pro in almost all the benchmarks.
I suspected the card would have some pretty good overclocking potential and it
did prove itself; with stock cooling we were able to push this bad boy up to an
amazing 508 MHz core, 809 MHz memory. At that speed, the card would constantly
battled it out with the ATi Radeon 9800XT and the MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 for
top spot overall!
The software package that come with the videocard is
pretty impressive with full versions of Morrowind, Ghost Recon, Duke Nukem MP
and a seven game demo CD. Of course there's a copy of WinDVD and WinDVD Creator
as well as non videocard related utilities in Virtual Drive Pro and RestoreIT!
Despite all the heat generated by the FX5900XT core, the
card was very quiet when installed into a case thanks to MSI's TOP Tech cooling
solution. All in all, MSI did a first class job with the FX5900XT-VTD128 and we
can easily recommend it to anyone contemplating buying a new 8X AGP videocard.
It's powerful and will not break the bank!
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