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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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Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2 The Threat

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
Anti-Aliasing 3DMarks Ranking

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 2x AA

16043

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 QC AA

15892

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 4x AA

14782

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 6x AA

7912

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 8x AA

6336
Anisotropic Filtering 3DMarks Ranking

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 2x AF

16764

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 4x AF

15853

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 8x AF

14991
Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering 3DMarks Ranking

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 2x AA, 8x AF

13942

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 4x AA, 8x AF

13062

The MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 still scores very well in 3DMark even with AA enabled. Flipping on AF does not lower our 3DMark score too much which is good, and the MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 is able to almost break 14k with AA and AF enabled while cracking the 13k mark with 4x AA and 8x AF turned on.

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
Anti-Aliasing FPS Ranking

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 2x AA

144.036

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 QC AA

144.277

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 4x AA

106.908

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 6x AA

55.125

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 8x AA

43.629
Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 2x AF

117.469

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 4x AF

111.053

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 8x AF

108.989

Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 2x AA, 8x AF

100.692

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 4x AA, 8x AF

95.474

If you want to game in X2, up to 4x AA should yield good frame rates. Even with 8x AF enabled you still play a decent game. Bottom line, if you want to game with all the extra's turned on, the MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 is up to the challenge!

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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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