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XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)

XFX GEFORCE 5200

In this review we feature two different XFX GeForce 5200 video cards, one has a 128bit memory bus and other has a 64bit memory bus. Software used for benchmarking is as follows:- 3dmark 2001 SE, 3dmark 2003, GLexcess, Quake 3, Serious Sam SE and Unreal Tournament 2003.

VIDEO CARD MEMORY CORE MHZ MEMORY MHZ MEMORY BUS AGP SPEED
XFX GEFORCE 5200 128 250 400 128 8x
XFX GEFORCE 5200 128 250 333 64 8x
XFX GEFORCE 5200 OC 128 250 400 64 8x
VIDEO CARD MEMORY CORE MHZ MEMORY MHZ MEMORY BUS AGP SPEED

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 2500
VIDEO CARD XFX GEFORCE 5200
NVIDIA DRIVER FORCEWARE v53.03
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK K7S8X
MEMORY 512MB CRUCIAL PC2700 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0b

SYNTHETIC BENCHMARKS

3DMARK 2001 SE

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT)7656
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC5356
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)4638

3DMARK 2003

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT)1431
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC1090
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)952

GLEXCESS

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT)5844
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC4798
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)4404

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT) XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)

COMMENT "The 64bit memory version of the XFX GeForce 5200 resulted in a 31% performance hit with 3dmark 2001 SE, 24% performance hit with 3dmark 2003 and an 18% performance hit with Glxcess when compared to the 128bit memory version. Using the 64bit versions default memory speed of 333mhz the difference was even greater, this resulted in a performance hit of 40% with 3dmark 2001 SE, 34% with 3dmark 2003 and 25% with Glxcess."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

3DMARK 2001 SE

1024x768 Resolution
32Bit color
D3D Hardware T&L
Antialiasing Disabled
Double Frame Buffer
Compressed Texture Format
24Bit Z-Buffer Depth

3DMARK 2003

1024x768 Resolution
No Pixel Processing
Optimal Texture Filtering
4x Max Anisotropy
Optimal Vertex Shaders
No Repeat Tests
No Fixed Framerate

GLEXCESS5

1024x768 Resolution
Scene 1 Intro
Scene 2 Waver
Scene 3 Facescape
Scene 4 Exploding Logo

QUAKE 3

1024x768

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT)159
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC106
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)87

8x ANISOTROPIC FILTERING

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT)117
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC90
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)74

4x FSAA

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT)55
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC34
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)27

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT) XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Four.dm68 Benchmark
32Bit Colour Depth
Texture Compress Disabled
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometric Detail
Full Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering

COMMENT "The 64bit XFX GeForce 5200 is 34% slower than the 128bit XFX GeForce 5200 and using default memory speed it's 46% slower. The limitations of the 64bit memory doesn't seem to hurt performance as much when using anisotropic filtering but the 64bit memory still resulted in a 24% performance hit and at default speed a 37% performance hit. We are using FSAA and the 64bit memory of the XFX GeForce 5200 has now resulted in a 39% performance hit and at default speed a huge 51% performance hit."


SERIOUS SAM SE

CITADEL

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT)47
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC36
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)30

GRAND CATHEDRAL

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT)42
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC33
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)28

ELEPHANT ATRIUM

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT)46
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC41
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)34

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT) XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)

ENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
Fullscreen Enabled
Extreme Quality Settings
Large Texture Size
Optimal Texture Quality
Detail Textures Enabled

COMMENT "When using the Citadel benchmark the 64bit XFX GeForce 5200 was 24% slower than the 128bit XFX GeForce 5200 and 37% slower when using default speeds. With Grand Cathedral the 64bit XFX GeForce 5200 was 22% slower than at default speeds it was 34% slower. Elephant Atrium had the closest performance, the 64bit XFX GeForce 5200 was 11% slower and at default speed it was 27% slower."


UT 2003

FLYBY

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT)64
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC45
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)38

BOTMATCH

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT)41
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC30
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)25

XFX GEFORCE 5200 (128BIT) XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) OC
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT)

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Antalus Benchmark
Character Shadows Enabled
Decals Enabled
Dynamic Lighting Enabled
Detail Textures Enabled
Projectors Enabled
Foliage Enabled

COMMENT "The flyby demo uses very little cpu power so we should see the biggest performance difference. The 64bit XFX GeForce 5200 was 30% slower than the 128bit XFX GeForce 5200 and at default speed it was 41% slower. The botmatch demo is more of a game benchmark than the flyby demo so the results should be a bit closer together. The 64bit XFX GeForce 5200 was 27% slower than the 128bit XFX GeForce 5200 and 40% slower at default."


VIDEO CARD 3DMARK01 3DMARK03 GLEXCESS QUAKE3 SS2 UT2003
XFX GEFORCE 5200 OC -30% -24% -18% -31% -19% -29%
XFX GEFORCE 5200 (64BIT) -39% -33% -25% -43% -32% -40%
VIDEO CARD 3DMARK01 3DMARK03 GLEXCESS QUAKE3 SS2 UT2003

CONCLUSION "When the XFX GeForce 5200 (64bit memory bus) is clocked the same as a regular XFX GeForce 5200 (250mhz core and 400mhz memory) it's performance is reduced by between 18% and 31%. The XFX GeForce 5200 (64bit memory bus) at stock speeds (250mhz core and 333mhz memory) delivers performance between 25% and 43% slower than a regular XFX GeForce 5200. The XFX GeForce 5200 it's available cheaply and isn't being sold as a gamers video card and it's performance is fine for light gaming"

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