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MSI Radeon RX850XT-TD256E Videocard Review

MSI Radeon RX850XT-TD256E Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Based on the Radeon X850 XT, this PCI Express card is backed by 256MB of GDDR3 memory and supports VIVO, TV/S-Video output and component output.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Jul 05 2005   Colin Sun  
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Advanced benchmarks: Doom 3

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced OpenGL game to date. It takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limits. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

Doom 3 - HQ1024x768-32bit
Anti-Aliasing FPS Ranking

MSI RX850XT-TD256E 2x AA


MSI RX850XT-TD256E 4x AA


MSI RX850XT-TD256E 6x AA

Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

MSI RX850XT-TD256E 2x AF


MSI RX850XT-TD256E 4x AF


MSI RX850XT-TD256E 8x AF


MSI RX850XT-TD256E 16x AF

Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

MSI RX850XT-TD256E 2x AA, 8x AF


MSI RX850XT-TD256E 4x AA, 16x AF


Doom 3 shows how AA can affect performance, and it seems like 6x AA is too much for the RX850XT-TD256E. Turning on 4xAA and 16x AF sure does make the image much prettier though!

MSI's X850XT L'il Speed Demon

If you've been craving a new videocard that can run all with all the eye-candy cranked to the max , the MSI RX850XT-TD256E is definitely one of the faster ones on the market. Based on the Radeon X850 XT core and equipped with 256MB of smoking fast GDDR3 memory, the RX850XT-TD256E has enough power to run any game on the market with plenty to spare.

In typical MSI fashion, the RX850XT-TD256E comes with a pretty decent software suite which includes three full version games, XIII, URU and Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow. Sure the titles are not the latest, but they have excellent entertainment value and will no doubt keep you busy for a couple weeks. MSI also include all the necessary hardware to take advantage of the TV Output capabilities of the videocard, something many companies do not bother to do. On the downside, definitely the occupation of two PCI slots by the large, and not so quiet stock ATI squirrel cage fan.

The benchmark results speak for themselves and they're saying that this videocard is smoking fast! From Doom 3 to Gun Metal, the RX850XT-TD256E had no problems running at the highest resolutions. Even twin nVidia 6800 cards in SLI mode often could not catch up.

Though, now in the face of the new Geforce 7800GTX videocards, ATI has been sideswiped to some degree, and at a retail price of $620 CDN ($494 US) the MSI RX850XT-TD256E is priced towards the upper end of the scale. Still, it's a good card for its class, even if the X850XT GPU is no longer the absolute quickest chip on the market anymore.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer RX850XT-TD256E
 Pg 1.  MSI Radeon RX850XT-TD256E Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  The Massive Cooler
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 10.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 11.  — Advanced benchmarks: Doom 3

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