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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.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Feb 04 2004   C. Sun  
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Conclusions and Advanced UT2003 Benchmarks

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
Anti-Aliasing FPS Ranking

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 2x AA

219.78

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 QC AA

220.21

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 4x AA

213.16

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 6x AA

84.04

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 8x AA

65.54
Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 2x AF

219.07

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 4x AF

202.53

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 8x AF

193.6

Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

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

169.35

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

161.33

UT2003 - 1024x768 Botmatch
Anti-Aliasing FPS Ranking

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 2x AA

80.62

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 QC AA

80.66

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 4x AA

80.75

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 6x AA

65.4

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 8x AA

52.7
Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 2x AF

82.4

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 4x AF

82.19

MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 8x AF

82.21

Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

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

80.42

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

80.33

Like the other benchmarks have suggested, 4x AA can be used with the FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 and still yield respectable results. Turning on AF does not do much to lower UT2003 performance, nor does it even affect FPS when both AA and AF are enabled.

Fast is an understatement...

With the new supped-up NV35, nVIDIA are finally getting some redemption. The MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 is fast, and even with all the eye candy turned on, offers gamers good playable FPS speeds.

With its red PCB and TOP Tech cooling solution the FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 is easily one of the better looking cards out there. The bundled in goodies rounds out a nice package of extras that includes everything you'll need to use the card's VIVO feature.

Performance of the MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 is good at stock speeds where it constantly battles it out with ATi's Radeon 9800XT for the overall performance lead. Seems like there's a bit of headroom as well, in our particular case we could push the card up to 550/1020 MHz (overclocked). At those speeds nothing comes even close.

With a retail price of $628 CDN ($470 US) the MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 is certainly pricey, but then again top of the line gear is never cheap. If you want the best you'd better be prepared to pay for it, before you can play with it!

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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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