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MSI Titanium Videocard Lineup Review

MSI Titanium Videocard Lineup Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In this GeForce Titanium lineup review, we're going to look at three new models from MSI.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Jan 07 2002   Colin Sun  
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Test System Specs, Benchmarks

Test System Specs:
Computer Hardware:

AthlonXP 1800+ (1.53 GHz at 1.7GHz)
EPoX 8KHA+ Motherboard
256 MB OCZ PC2400 DDR Ram
30 GB IBM DeskStar 75 GXP
SB Live! Platinum Sound Card

Video Cards: Asus V7700 Pro (GeForce2 Pro 200/400)
MSI StarForce822 (GeForce3 200/460)
ATi Retail Radeon 8500 (Radeon8500 275/275)
MSI G2Ti Pro-VT (GeForce2 Ti 250/400)
MSI G3Ti200 Pro-VTG (GeForce3 Ti200 175/400)
MSI G3Ti500 Pro-VTG (GeForce3 Ti500 240/500)

Overclocked Settings:

MSI G2Ti Pro-VT (GeForce2 Ti 285/485)
MSI G3Ti200 Pro-VTG (GeForce3 Ti200 195/530)
MSI G3Ti500 Pro-VTG (GeForce3 Ti500 270/610)

System Software: Windows 98SE
DirectX 8.1
VIA 4in1 4.35V
DetonatorXP 22.80 beta drivers
ATi Radeon8500 7206 beta drivers

Benchmarking Suites:

3DMark2000 Ver 1.1
3DMark2001
Vulpine's GLMark
DroneZ
Serious Sam
Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Yes, I'm overclocking the test system. This is done to alleviate all possible bottlenecks other then the videocard.

3DMark2000 Ver 1.1 Source: MadOnion

3DMark2000 is still a popular benchmarks for evaluating 3D performance even though it is getting a bit dated. 3DMark2000 continues to provide benchmark results that guage DirectX7 performance and hardware transformation and lighting that older games still use. Version 1.1 ensures more reliable functionality with hardware and operating systems that were released after the launch of 3DMark2000 in December 1999.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

3DMark 2000 v1.1 Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
1. GeForce2 Pro 10105
2. GeForce3 11670
3. Radeon 8500 12197
4. GeForce2 Ti 10147
5. GeForce3 Ti200 9861
6. GeForce3 Ti500 11995
Overclocking Benchmark Results
4a. GeForce2 Ti (285/485) 12541
5a. GeForce3 Ti200 (195/530) 11065
6a. GeForce3 Ti500 (270/610) 13890

It's no surprise that the GeForce3 Ti200 is bringing up the rear here because it's the slowest clocked card of the bunch. Also, as we see, the GeForce2 Pro and GeForce 2 Titanium perform about the same. 3DMark2000 is starting to get old as a useful benchmark, and I'm considering dropping it from future reviews since as its real world usefulness is starting to fade.

3DMark2001 Source: MadOnion

3DMark2001 is the latest installment in the 3DMark series by MadOnion. By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001 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.

3DMark 2001 Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
1. GeForce2 Pro 4960
2. GeForce3 8169
3. Radeon 8500 8671
4. GeForce2 Ti 5014
5. GeForce3 Ti200 6998
6. GeForce3 Ti500 8474
Overclocking Benchmark Results
4a. GeForce2 Ti (285/485) 5942
5a. GeForce3 Ti200 (195/530) 8300
6a. GeForce3 Ti500 (270/610) 9928

As 3DMark2001 is a DirectX8 benchmark, it is much more taxing on videocards. Here, the older generation cards (GeForce2 Pro and GeForce2 Ti) are left far behind. As you'll notice, overclocking leads to huge gains in terms of 3DMarks and the MSI GeForce3 Titanium leads the pack when bumped up to 270/610. On default settings the Radeon 8500 comes in first with a score of 8671, the GF3Ti500 second with a score of 8474, and the MSI Starforce 822 (GF3) third with 8169.

Argh... 9928 3DMarks! Does anyone know how I can break the 10,000 3DMarks barrier with my setup? If you've got some good advice, please let me know here!

Vulpine GLMark Source: Vulpine GmbH

Vulpine Glmark V1.1 is a benchmarking tool combined with a huge & complex graphics world. It takes full advantage of an extremely wide variety of features provided by the graphics card, including support for the latest extensions to the OpenGL standard, like Texture Shaders and Vertex Programs based on the Geforce3 Chips. Multiple compatibility modes make it possible to compare multiple generations of 3D accelerators under identical conditions.

Higher numbers denote faster frames per second (FPS), and hence, better performance.

Vulpine GLMark Benchmark Results
Video Card (FPS) Ranking
1. GeForce2 Pro 43.7
2. GeForce3 77.5
3. Radeon 8500 64.2
4. GeForce2 Ti 44.0
5. GeForce3 Ti200 69.4
6. GeForce3 Ti500 80.1
Overclocking Benchmark Results
4a. GeForce2 Ti (285/485) 48.1
5a. GeForce3 Ti200 (195/530) 78.9
6a. GeForce3 Ti500 (270/610) 83.5

GLMark isn't as much of a videocard tester like the 3DMark series but it still manages to illustrate their strengths and weaknesses. The GeForce 2 cards, Titanium or not are kept together, as are the Radeon 8500 and GF3Ti200. Only the GF3 and GF3Ti500 manage to come out on the top of the scale, and with little separating them.

Overclocking doesn't seem to do much here all things considered. True, there is a performance gain, but of very little magnitude.

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Contents of Article: MSI Titanium
 Pg 1.  MSI Titanium Videocard Lineup Review
 Pg 2.  The Mac Daddy of them all...
 Pg 3.  — Test System Specs, Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Game Benchmarks: DroneZ, RTCW
 Pg 5.  Anti-Aliasing with RTCW
 Pg 6.  Final Words on MSI's Titanium Lineup

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