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MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT

"In this article we test MSI GeForce 5900 XT against Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT using the following software:- 3dmark 2001 SE, 3dmark 2003, Comanche4, GL Excess, Quake 3, Serious Sam the Second Encounter, Unreal Tournament 2003 and X2 The Threat."

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 3000
VIDEO CARD MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT
ATI DRIVER CATALYST v4.2
NVIDIA DRIVER FORCEWARE v53.03
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK K7S8XE+
MEMORY 512MB CRUCIAL PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0b

THE MOST AFFORDABLE PERFORMANCE FROM THE FX 5900 FAMILY

MSI ignites the cinematic revolution with the most powerful members of the NVIDIA GeForce FX family-the GeForce 5900 XT graphic card with 2.8ns Ultra Speed DDR memory. Powered by the second-generation NVIDIA CineFX 2.0 engine with the industry's only true 128-bit precision processing-MSI GeForce 5900 XT graphic card take cinematic quality special effects to new levels!!!


GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 3000
VIDEO CARD MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT
ATI DRIVER CATALYST v4.2
NVIDIA DRIVER FORCEWARE v53.03
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK K7S8XE+
MEMORY 512MB CRUCIAL PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0b
NOTE HQ MEANS THAT 4x ANTI-ALIASING AND 8x ANISOTROPIC FILTERING HAS BEEN ENABLED.

COMANCHE 4

800x600

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT51
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT48

1024x768

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT51
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT48

1280x1024

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT49
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT47

1024x768 (4xAA & 8xAF)

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT46
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT37

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Fullscreen Enabled
32Bit Colour Depth
Anti-Aliasing Disabled
Terrain Detail High
Object Detail High
Texture Quality High
Water Quality High
Shadows High
Particle Density High

COMMENT "This is a very close result because Comanche4 is more cpu limited rather than video card limited. MSI GeForce 5900 XT and Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT were both playable at all of the resolutions tested however MSI GeForce 5900 XT had much better performance with 4xAA & 8xAF which was very impressive."


QUAKE 3

800x600

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT280
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT259

1024x768

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT278
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT251

1280x1024

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT272
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT236

1024x768 (4xAA & 8xAF)

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT211
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT155

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

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

COMMENT "Although Quake 3 is getting very old it's engine is still being used in a wide range of different games. It goes without saying that most modern video cards are more than playable with this game and MSI GeForce 5900 XT and Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT both performed very well. MSI GeForce 5900 XT's performance was very impressive especially with 4xaa/8xaf enabled."


SERIOUS SAM SE

CITADEL

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT98
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT86
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT (HQ)88
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT (HQ)72

ELEPHANT ATRIUM

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT124
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT113
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT (HQ)102
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT (HQ)84

GRAND CATHEDRAL

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT126
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT105
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT (HQ)104
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT (HQ)78

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT (HQ) SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT (HQ)

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

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

COMMENT "It was a fairly close result and both MSI GeForce 5900 XT and Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT performed very well, the 4xaa/8xaf performance by both video cards was excellent however MSI GeForce 5900 XT was superior."

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT

PAGE 1 MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT
PAGE 2 QUAKE 3 AND SERIOUS SAM SE
PAGE 3 UT 2003 AND X2 THE THREAT

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