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MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 "Red PCB" Videocard Review

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256
Abstract: FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 with its red PCB and large copper plated cast aluminum heatsinks weighs in around 500g, making it one pretty heavy videocard.
 90% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Feb 04 2004   C. Sun  
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Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, CodeCreatures

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
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT 19073
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 18762

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

17430
Asus Radeon A9600XT 13604
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 17274
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 16324
Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 15165
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 17582
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 18237

The high end GeForceFX videocards have never really done well in 3DMark2001. The MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 scores only around 300 points more than the GeForceFX 5900 Ultra.

CodeCreatures Source: CodeCult

CodeCretures requires a fully compatible DirectX 8 videocard with preferably 128 MB of RAM to store textures. Codecreatures utilizes vertex as well as pixel shaders to run their tests.

CodeCreatures - 1024x768
Video Card FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT 50.1
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 45.9

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

39.6
Asus Radeon A9600XT 28.4
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 51
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 44.8
Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 34.8
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 53.1
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 58.7

CodeCreatures seems to like the nVIDIA cards quite a bit. At stock speeds the MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 is the fastest card, overclocking just makes things better.

CodeCreatures - 1280x1024
Video Card FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT 39.7
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 36.5

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

31.6

Asus Radeon A9600XT 21.8
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 40.6
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 35
Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 25.6
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 42.3
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 46.8

CodeCreatures - 1600x1200
Video Card FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT 30.7
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 28.2

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

24.5

Asus Radeon A9600XT 16.8
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 32.2
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 27.6
Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 19.6
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 33.5
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 37.5

As the resolution gets cranked up the MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 is still the fastest.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer FX5950 Ultra-VTD256
 Pg 1.  MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 "Red PCB" Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Quiet, and Overclockable
 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.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2 The Threat
 Pg 8.  Conclusions and Advanced UT2003 Benchmarks

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