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MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT vs MSI GEFORCE4 Ti4200

"In this article we test the MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT against the MSI GEFORCE4 Ti4200 as requested by a reader! Software used for benchmarking was:- 3dmark 2001 SE, 3dmark 2003, Glexcess, Quake 3, Serious Sam the Second Encounter and Unreal Tournament 2003."

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT vs MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200

IS IT WORTH UPGRADING FROM A GEFORCE4 Ti4200 TO A 5900 XT?

NAME CHIPSET GPU SPEED MEMORY MEMORY
INTERFACE
MEMORY
SPEED
AGP SPEED
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT NV35 390MHZ 128MB 256BIT 700MHZ DDR 8x
MSI GEFORCE4 Ti4200 NV28 250MHZ 128MB 128BIT 512MHZ DDR 8x
NAME CHIPSET GPU SPEED MEMORY MEMORY
INTERFACE
MEMORY
SPEED
AGP SPEED

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 2500
VIDEO CARD MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT
MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200
NVIDIA DRIVER FORCEWARE v53.03
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK K7S8XE+
MEMORY 512MB CRUCIAL PC2700 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0b

SYNTHETIC BENCHMARKS

3DMARK 2001 SE

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT12608
MSI GEFORCE4 TI420010939

3DMARK 2003

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT4835
MSI GEFORCE4 TI42001481

GLEXCESS

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT10918
MSI GEFORCE4 TI42006926

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200

COMMENT "The MSI GeForce 5900 XT starts off strongly with 3dmark 2001 SE and delivers a 14% increase in performance over the MSI GeForce4 Ti4200. With 3dmark 2003 we witness a huge 70% increase in performance for the MSI GeForce 5900 XT. However this was to be expected because the MSI GeForce4 Ti4200 is a DX8 video card and this is a DX9 benchmark so it was unable to run the mother nature game demo which accounts for approx 1000 points. Using Glexcess which unlike 3dmark is an opengl benchmark the MSI GeForce 5900 XT delivers a 37% increase in performance which once again is very impressive."
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

800x600

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT240
MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200232

1024x768

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT239
MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200215

1280x1024

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT237
MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200198

1024x768 (4xAA)

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT222
MSI GEFORCE4 TI420098

1024x768 (4xAA & 8xAF)

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT199
MSI GEFORCE4 TI420081

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

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

COMMENT "The MSI GeForce4 Ti4200 puts in a good performance so the MSI GeForce 5900 XT was only able to deliver between a 4% to 17% increase in performance. However once we enable things like anti-aliasing the MSI GeForce 5900 XT is 56% faster and with anistropic filtering also enabled it's an impressive 60% faster."


SERIOUS SAM SE

ELEPHANT ATRIUM

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT120
MSI GEFORCE4 TI420075

CITADEL

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT113
MSI GEFORCE4 TI420049

GRAND CATHEDRAL

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT89
MSI GEFORCE4 TI420057

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

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

COMMENT "The MSI GeForce 5900 XT delivers impressive numbers and gives a performance gain between 36% to 57% faster than the MSI GeForce4 Ti4200."


UT 2003
FLYBY

800x600

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT153
MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200145

1024x768

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT152
MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200100

1280x1024

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT135
MSI GEFORCE4 TI420066

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

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

COMMENT "The MSI GeForce4 Ti4200 is able to keep up with the MSI GeForce 5900 XT at lower resolutions but once the resolution increases so does the gap between it and the MSI GeForce 5900 XT."


UT 2003
FLYBY (4xAA & 8xAF)

800x600

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT138
MSI GEFORCE4 TI420036

1024x768

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT108
MSI GEFORCE4 TI420023

1280x1024

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT75
MSI GEFORCE4 TI420013

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT MSI GEFORCE4 TI4200

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

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

COMMENT "When using standard features the MSI GeForce 5900 XT is between 6% to 52% faster than the MSI GeForce4 Ti4200, with 4xAA and 8xAF the MSI GeForce 5900 XT is between 74% to 83% faster which is VERY impressive."


CONCLUSION "The MSI GeForce4 Ti4200 used to be a decent video card and even today can keep up with most video cards below in it's price range. The problem with the MSI GeForce4 Ti4200 is the poor anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering performance, this can be seen clearly in the Unreal Tournament 2003 4xAA with 8xAF results. The AMD Athlon XP 2500 used in this review would be a good cpu to use with the MSI GeForce4 Ti4200, anything more powerful would be a waste and would offer little performance increase. The MSI GeForce 5900 XT however is very different, it was being held back by the AMD Athlon XP 2500 and has alot more performance to give when used with a more powerful cpu."

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