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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 Feb 04 2004   C. Sun  
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Benchmarks: X2 The Threat, UT2003

X2: The Threat Source: Egosoft

A 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 detail.

X2: The Threat - 1024x768-32bit
Overall FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT N/A
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 108.428

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

99.821
Asus Radeon A9600XT 81.996
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 120.8
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128

114.764

Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 96.134
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 123.28
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 127.193

At 1024x768 the MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 is fastest even at stock speeds. Overclocking does not boost framerate all that much.

X2: The Threat - 1600x1200-32bit
Overall FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT N/A
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 68.95

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

60.596
Asus Radeon A9600XT

42.836

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 80.519
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128

71.811

Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 51.178
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 83.137
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 90.516

More of the same here.

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal 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
Flyby FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT

244.09

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 240.34

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

228.13
Asus Radeon A9600XT

179.97

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 238.11
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128

229.65

Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 179.16
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 239.15
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 241.02
Botmatch FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT

83.64

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 83.67

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

83.45
Asus Radeon A9600XT

83.41

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 82.64
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128

82.65

Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 83.72
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 82.57
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 82.56

All cards are perfectly playable at 1024x768. Botmatch is more of a CPU intensive which is why all the results are approximately the same at this resolution.

UT2003 - 1600x1200
Flyby FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT

147.12

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 135.99

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

118.13

Asus Radeon A9600XT

76.66

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 146.78
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128

125.17

Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 81.14
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 153.69
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 173.58
Botmatch FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT

81.64

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 80.38

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

76.98

Asus Radeon A9600XT

58.06

MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 80.95
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128

78.61

Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D 60.6
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 81.3
MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 (550/1020) 82.04

At 1600x1200 the MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 is the fastest card on the block.

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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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