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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

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.

UT 2003

ANUBIS

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT124
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT121
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT (HQ)110
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT (HQ)77

CITADEL

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT57
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT57
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT (HQ)55
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT (HQ)46

ORBITAL

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT112
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT111
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT (HQ)103
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT (HQ)91

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

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
Character Shadows Enabled
Decals Enabled
Dynamic Lighting Enabled
Detail Textures Enabled
Projectors Enabled
Foliage Enabled

COMMENT "A close result with 4xaa/8xaf disabled however with 4xaa/8xaf enabled MSI GeForce 5900 XT shows it's strength and finishes with a 14%-30% lead over Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT."


X2 THE THREAT

DEFAULT QUALITY

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT87
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT72
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT (HQ)51
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT (HQ)39

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

COMMENT "A very good looking game which uses advanced features like antialising, bumpmapping and realtime shadows. The normal results here just have bump mapping enabled while the HQ results have everything enabled. Using default settings MSI GeForce 5900 XT is 18% faster than Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT. With all of the eye candy turned on MSI GeForce 5900 XT increases it's lead over Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT by an impressive 24%."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
Fullscreen Enabled
Auto Quality Enabled
Anti-aliasing Disabled
Bumpmaps Enabled
Shadows Disabled

UT 2004

RANKIN

0xAA & 0xAF77
4xAA & 8xAF73

CONVOY

0xAA & 0xAF51
4xAA & 8xAF47

TORLAN

0xAA & 0xAF70
4xAA & 8xAF58

COLOSSUS

0xAA & 0xAF103
4xAA & 8xAF98

BRIDGE OF FATE

0xAA & 0xAF104
4xAA & 8xAF92

0xAA & 0xAF 4xAA & 8xAF

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Direct3D Render Device
1024x768 Resolution
32Bit Colour Depth
Texture Detail Normal
Character Detail Normal
World Detail High
Physics Detail High
Decal Stay High
Full Character Shadows
Full Fog Distance
Decals Enabled
Dynamic Lighting Enabled
Detail Textures Enabled
Coronas Enabled
Trilinear Filtering Enabled
Projectors Enabled
Foliage Enabled
Weather Effects Enabled

COMMENT "These are very impressive results for MSI GeForce 5900 XT which clearly show it can handle this game without breaking a sweat. To really show this game in all of it's glory you can even enable 4xaa & 8xaf and with MSI GeForce 5900 XT it hardly slows the video card down at all."


CONCLUSION " MSI GeForce 5900 XT is a first class video card, it's performance even with all of the eye candy turned on is excellent. Although MSI GeForce 5900 XT and Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT are fairly close in price MSI GeForce 5900 XT managed to beat it in EVERY single test we did. The difference in performance was even more impressive with 4xaa/8xaf enabled which gives amazing image quality but still MSI GeForce 5900 XT delivered smooth fluid gameplay. Unreal Tournament 2004 arrived too late to be included in this review."

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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