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DOOM 3 VIDEO PERFORMANCE

"In this article we test Doom3 performance with 4 different video cards which are MSI GeForce 5900 XT, Inno3D GeForce4 Ti4200, 3dpower Ti500 and MSI GeForce4 MX 440. We also show how processor speed effects Doom3 performance with a Doom3 CPU scaling test."

DOOM 3

ADVANCED OPTIONS DISABLED

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 640x48085
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 800x60080
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 1024x76865

INNO3D GEFORCE4 TI4200

INNO3D GEFORCE4 TI4200 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 640x48067
INNO3D GEFORCE4 TI4200 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 800x60059
INNO3D GEFORCE4 TI4200 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 1024x76843

3DPOWER TI500

3DPOWER  TI500 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 640x48061
3DPOWER  TI500 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 800x60051
3DPOWER  TI500 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 1024x76837

MSI GEFORCE4 MX 440

MSI GEFORCE4 MX 440 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 640x48041
MSI GEFORCE4 MX 440 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 800x60030
MSI GEFORCE4 MX 440 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 1024x76821

640x480 800x600 1024x768

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

High Quality
Fullscreen Enabled
Vertical Sync Disabled
Demo1 Benchmark
Bump Maps Disabled
Shadows Disabled
Special Effects Disabled
Specular Disabled
Anti-aliasing Disabled

COMMENT - " MSI GeForce 5900 XT puts in a great performance and is perfectly playable at all of the resolutions tested, to boost image quality it is recommended that you enable Specular Lighting which increases image quality at only a 4% performance cost. The Inno3D GeForce4 Ti4200 also does well but starts to struggle at 1024x768 but 43fps is still perfectly playable. The 3Dpower Ti500 offers almost GeForce4 Ti4200 performance but can't manage to get atleast 40fps at 1024x768 so is best used at 800x600 instead. MSI GeForce4 MX 440 can also run Doom3 but really only at 640x480 and maybe at 800x600 if you don't mind some choppy gameplay."


ADVANCED OPTIONS ENABLED

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT

MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 640x48066
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 800x60058
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 1024x76844

INNO3D GEFORCE4 TI4200

INNO3D GEFORCE4 TI4200 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 640x48041
INNO3D GEFORCE4 TI4200 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 800x60030
INNO3D GEFORCE4 TI4200 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 1024x76821

3DPOWER TI500

3DPOWER  TI500 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 640x48036
3DPOWER  TI500 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 800x60027
3DPOWER  TI500 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 1024x76819

MSI GEFORCE4 MX 440

MSI GEFORCE4 MX 440 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 640x48019
MSI GEFORCE4 MX 440 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 800x60014
MSI GEFORCE4 MX 440 DOOM3 PERFORMANCE AT 1024x76810

640x480 800x600 1024x768

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

High Quality
Fullscreen Enabled
Vertical Sync Disabled
Demo1 Benchmark
Bump Maps Enabled
Shadows Enabled
Special Effects Enabled
Specular Enabled
Anti-aliasing Disabled

COMMENT - "All of the video cards are starting to struggle badly when we turn on high quality settings like High Quality Special Effects, Shadows, Specular Lighting and Bump Mappings. This time only MSI GeForce 5900 XT can deliver atleast 60fps which is does for 640x480 and almost at 800x600, at 1024x768 it's performance does suffer badly and it can only deliver 44fps which sometimes will result in choppy gameplay. The Inno3D GeForce4 Ti4200 is like the other older video cards struggles with the high quality settings and it only just reaches 40fps even at 640x480. The 3dpower Ti500 almost reaches 40fps but doesn't quite make it and the 36fps at 640x480 resulted in choppy gameplay. MSI GeForce4 MX 440 was unplayable at all of the resolutions when used with advanced effects."


DOOM 3 CPU SCALING

640x480 - ADVANCED OPTIONS DISABLED

2.2GHZ70
1.8GHZ60
1.4GHZ45

1024x768 - ADVANCED OPTIONS DISABLED

2.2GHZ66
1.8GHZ59
1.4GHZ45

640x480 - ADVANCED OPTIONS ENABLED

2.2GHZ55
1.8GHZ47
1.4GHZ36

1024x768 - ADVANCED OPTIONS ENABLED

2.2GHZ46
1.8GHZ43
1.4GHZ35

2.2 GHZ 1.8 GHZ 1.4 GHZ

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

High Quality
Fullscreen Enabled
Vertical Sync Disabled
Demo1 Benchmark

COMMENT - " MSI GeForce 5900 XT does become video card limited at 1024x768 with the advanced options enabled but you will still get a 7% performance increase when upgrading from a 1.8GHZ to a 2.2GHZ processor. The cpu limited test is the 640x480 with advanced options disabled and the 2.2GHZ processor was 15% faster than the 1.8GHZ processor and an impressive 36% faster than a 1.4GHZ processor. With advanced options disabled Doom3 appears to be quite cpu limited but with the advanced options enabled it is video card limited as shown by the 1024x768 with advanced options enabled."


CONCLUSION

MSI GEFORCE 5900XT - As expected this video card delivered the best performance, it was able to deliver atleast 30fps even with advanced options enabled. 44fps at 1024x768 with advanced options enabled is very impressive however 58fps at 800x600 is much better for smooth gameplay.

INNO3D GEFORCE4 Ti4200 - Although this video card is showing it's age it was able to deliver atleast 30fps at all of the resolutions tested provided all of the advanced options are disabled. It was also able to deliver 30fps at 800x600 with the advanced options enabled.

3DPOWER Ti500 - Performed a bit slower than Inno3D GeForce4 Ti4200 with advanced options disabled and was only able to deliver 36fps at 640x480.

MSI GEFORCE4 MX 440 - Performed as expected and couldn't deliver playable performance with advanced options enabled. However it did manage 30fps at 800x600 or a better 41fps at 640x480 with advanced options disabled which isn't bad for a video card using DX7.

If you are going to run Doom3 on anything less powerful than a MSI GeForce 5900 XT then lowering the resolution or disabling some of the advanced options will give you a big increase in speed. To make things easier for you here are the advanced options with the biggest performance hit:-

HIGH QUALITY SPECIAL FX = 0%
SHADOWS = 29%
SPECULAR LIGHTING = 4%
BUMP MAPPING = 4%
2xAA = 8%
4xAA = 14%

AS YOU CAN SEE JUST BY DISABLING SHADOWS YOU GAIN AN EXTRA 29% PERFORMANCE!


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