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MSI StarForce 815 GeForce2 GTS videocard Review

MSI StarForce 815 GeForce2 GTS videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: This time it's the GeForce2 GTS offering from MSI, the Starforce 815. One of the lower cost cards of the group, the card performs quite well.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Apr 13 2001   A. Smith  
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MSI-Star Force GeForce2 GTS Review - Alan Smith
List Price: $135 (USD)

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MSI Star Force 815

The MSI Starforce 815 is based on the reference NVidia Geforce2 GTS board. This widly popular chipset has diversified into the Ultra, Pro, GTS, MX and now the MX200 and MX400. With a solid design and great features, the GTS line has become a staple of the standard gaming rig. When the offering from MSI came into my possession I was happy to run it through the paces, and hopefully find another high quality GTS board.

Specifications
  • Per-Pixel Shading, 8 Texels Per Clock
  • 2nd-generation T&L Engines
  • Integrated Single-Link TMDS Transmitter
  • 256-bit Graphics Architecture
  • Double Date Rate (DDR) Memory
  • AGP 4X with Fast Writes
  • Industry only true 32-bit Z/Stencil
  • DirectX Texture compression Support
  • 1.6 Giga Texel Fill Rate
  • < 25 Million Triangle/sec
  • 5.3 BG/sec Memory Bandwidth
  • Maximum 3D/2D resolution of 2048 x 1536 @ 75Hz
  • complete DirectX 7, DirectX 6 and DirectX 5 support

Visually Stunning Interactive 3D
  • 8 texture-mapped, filtered, lit texels per clock cycle
  • Signle pass multi-texturing
  • H/W Anti-Aliasing
  • High Quality Texture Filtering, Including Anisotropic
  • Advanced per-pixel, perspective-correct texturing and shading
  • Fog and Depth Cueing

High-Performance 256-bit 2D Acceleration
  • Optimized for multiple color depths including 32, 24, 25, and 8-bits per pixel
  • True-Color hardware cursor
  • Multi-buffering (double, triple, quad buffering) for smooth animation and video playback

Now that you've got a feel for what this card has got under the hood let's move onto the benchmarks...

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Contents of Article: MSI StarForce 815
 Pg 1.  — MSI StarForce 815 GeForce2 GTS videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Benchmarks...
 Pg 3.  Onto The Numbers...
 Pg 4.  Quake 3 Arena...
 Pg 5.  More Q3A Results...
 Pg 6.  SPEC ViewPerf and ZD...
 Pg 7.  Conclusions...

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