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The MSI GeForce FX5900XT-VTD128
A Value Priced Powerhouse...

By, Marco Chiappetta
March 25, 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 multiple 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 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.

We're half-way through our suite of benchmarks, and so far neither the Radeon 9600 XT nor the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra have been able to touch the MSI GeForce FX5900XT-VTD128.  The trend continued with the Final Fantasy XI benchmark, where the MSI card finished the demo loop at 4995 frames, which was 437 frames, or 9.5%, higher than the next-fastest 5700 Ultra, which in turn was about 4.3% faster than the Radeon 9600 XT.

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 can't be disabled. We ran this test at 1024x768 and then again at 1280x1024.

The GeForce FX 5700 Ultra came close to catching the MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 in the Gun Metal benchmark, but the Radeon 9600 XT wasn't competitive with either.  The MSI card surpassed the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra by a little over 2 FPS at 1024x768 and by almost 4 FPS at 1600x1200.  When compared to the Radeon 9600 XT, however, the FX5900XT-VTD128 looked much better.  It was roughly twice as fast as the Radeon at both resolutions.

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