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The MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256
NVIDIA's Flagship GPU, MSI Style...

By, Marco Chiappetta
February 12, 2004

Performances Comparisons With Final Fantasy XI Benchmark 2 v1.01
Chocobos on the PC

Final Fantasy XI

The Final Fantasy franchise is well known to console gamers, but Squaresoft has since made the jump to the PC with a MMORPG version of this classic. The Final Fantasy XI benchmark runs through a few scenes from the game and displays a final score every time a full cycle of the demo is completed.  Although the demo is meant the check an entire system's readiness to play the game, the number of frames rendered scales well with different video cards installed.  Lower scores indicate some frames were dropped to complete the demo in the allotted time.  The scores below were taken with the demo set to "High Resolution" (1024x768), with anti-aliasing disabled. 

A relatively small performance delta of only 3.7% separated the "fastest" card in the group, the ATi Radeon 9800 XT, from the MSI FX5950 Ultra, which brought up the rear.  Looking back at some past reviews, we've seen performance differences between the 9800 XT and 5950 Ultra over 5% in this test, so things have gotten better for NVIDIA here.

Benchmarks / Comparison With Gun Metal
Transformers? Thexder? or is it Gun Metal?

Gun Metal

We continued our testing with the pseudo-DX9 based Gun Metal benchmark developed by Yeti Studios. This benchmark, like all of the others used in this review, is based on an actual game engine.  Gun Metal uses Vertex Shader 2.0 and Pixel Shader 1.1 ops in the creation of the game world.  This test is heavily GPU limited, and because Yeti's intent was to stress all modern 3D accelerators, anti-aliasing (2X) and Anisotropic filtering are enabled by default, and cannot be disabled.  We ran this test at 1024x768 and then again at 1280x1024.

At 1024x768, the MSI FX5950 Ultra placed second, coming in just behind the Radeon 9800 XT.  The .83 FPS performance delta between the two cards falls well within the margin of error in this test though.  When we upped the resolution to 1280x1024, the MSI FX5950 Ultra managed to pull off a victory, but once again the performance delta was too small to be considered meaningful.  ATi's driver team has definitely focused some attention on Gun Metal, as they used to get consistently beat by NVIDIA's products in this benchmark.

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Tags:  MSI, MS, Ultra, x5, fx, ULT

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