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MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 "Red PCB" Videocard Review
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256
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:   
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Feb 04 2004   C. Sun  
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Benchmarks AquaMark3, Gun Metal 2

AquaMark3 Source: Massive Development

AquaMark3 is a powerful tool to determine reliable information about the gaming performance of a computer system. Because the benchmark extensively utilizes DirectX9, DirectX8 and DirectX7 functionality, it represents the requirements of typical gaming applications in 2003 and 2004.

AquaMark3 - Benchmark Results
Video Card Score Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT 6141
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 5670

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

Asus Radeon A9600XT 3735
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 5436
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 4629
Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 3435
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 5736
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 7815
Overall Score Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT 47175
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 44362

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

Asus Radeon A9600XT 31590
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 43010
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 37804
Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 29446
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 44875
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 56616

The Radeon 9800XT is slightly faster than the MSI GeForceFX 5950 Ultra at stock speeds but when overclocked, nothing even comes close.

Gun Metal 2 Source: Yeti Studio

Gun Metal 2 is one of the first games that will be taking advantage of DirectX 9 technology. According to Gun Metal 2, 2x AA is enabled by default on all videocards and the listed framerates are average.

Gun Metal 2 - 1024x768
Demo 1 FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT 31.42
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 28.65

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

Asus Radeon A9600XT 18.9
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 31.05


Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 23.74
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 32.54
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 43.63
Demo 2 FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT 40.5
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 37.26

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

Asus Radeon A9600XT 24.29
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 38.85


Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 31.38
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 40.4
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 50.73

Well one thing should be clear if you want to play Gun Metal, overclock your videocard for better framerates!

Gun Metal 2 - 1600x1200
Demo 1 FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT 19.75
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 18.23

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

Asus Radeon A9600XT 10.96
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 20.42


Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 14.66
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 21.46
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 33.33
Demo 2 FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT 25.32
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 23.18

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

Asus Radeon A9600XT 13.03
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 26.74
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 22.91
Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 18.16
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 28.1
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 41.1

At 1600x1200 no card at stock speeds give decent frame rates but once the MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 is overclocked it dishes out some decent frames.

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Contents of Article: MSI 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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