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MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 Videocard Review
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The GeForceFX 5900XT GPU has basically been equipped with some slower memory, and priced it at about half of what a regular GeForceFX 5900 goes for.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Feb 11 2004   C. Sun  
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MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 Videocard Review

After years of dominance in the graphic card market, nVIDIA suffered a series of blows which have since seen their market share shrink accordingly. The trouble started with delays surrounding TSMC's 0.13 micron manufacturing process, then the fateful 128bit memory controller on the GeForceFX 5800 Ultra, and of course who could forget about the whole 3DMark03 fiasco?

That said, it seems like nVIDIA is back on the road to redemption, and releasing cards like the GeForceFX 5900XT is certainly helping their cause. The GeForceFX 5900XT GPU has basically been equipped with some slower memory, and priced it at about half of what a regular GeForceFX 5900 goes for.

Naturally, being a top of the line card, the MSI GeForceFX 5900XT easily outperforms the GeForceFX 5700 Ultra, and handily trounces ATi's Radeon 9600XT to boot. In fact nVIDIA may have even put themselves in the awkward position where one product could potentially steal sales away from the other. It's like the GeForce4 Ti4200 situation all over again, but this time more is on the line.

MSI FX5900XT-VTD128

Includes:

Users Manual, Driver CD, Morrowind, Ghost Recon, Duke Nukem MP, Seven Game Demo CD, VirtualDrive/RestoreIT! CD, WinDVD, WinDVD Creator, MSI Utilities CDs, DVI to analog converter, Molex Power Cable, MSI Sticker.

The MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 videocard we are testing in this review retails for about $290 CDN ($220 US), and is backed with 128MB of DDR RAM, has a DVI port, and even sports S-Video output. With an nVidia FX5900XT chip under the hood, the results should be pretty good.

MSI include a nice software bundle along with the card that consists of Morrowind, Ghost Recon, and Duke Nukem MP. Other software goodies include WinDVD, WinDVD Creator, Virtual Drive Pro and RestoreIT! Pro software as well as several assorted MSI utilities.

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Contents of Article: MSI FX5900XT-VTD128
 Pg 1.  — MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking Results
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, CodeCreatures
 Pg 4.  Benchmark: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks AquaMark3, Gun Metal 2
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: X2 The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2 The Threat, UT2003 w/AA
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2 The Threat, UT2003 w/AF
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2 The Threat, UT2003 w/AA+AF

 
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