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

By, Marco Chiappetta
March 25, 2004

Performances Comparisons With Novalogic's Comanche 4
Combat Helicopter Sim

Comanche 4

We used Novalogic's combat helicopter simulator Comanche 4 for our next batch of DirectX tests. Comanche 4 uses DX8 class pixel and vertex shaders to produce some of the realistic visuals used throughout the game. Unlike some of the previous tests though, this benchmark is heavily influenced by CPU and system memory performance, especially at lower resolutions. However, when the resolution is raised and anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering are enabled, the current crop of 3D accelerators tend to slow down quite a bit.

The MSI GeForce FX5900XT-VTD128 continued its winning ways in the Comanche 4 benchmark, were it outpaced the competition at both resolutions, regardless of what level of ant-aliasing or anisotropic filtering were enabled, in every test configuration but one.  With 4X AA enabled at 1024x768, the ATi Radeon 9600 XT nudged by the MSI card by a couple of frames per second, but that's the only blemish on FX5900XT-VTD128's performance record so far.  In the remainder of the test configurations, the FX5900XT-VTD128 was dominant.

Benchmarks / Comparison With Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Q3 Engine Based Freebie

Wolfenstein: ET

We also ran through a batch of timedemos with the OpenGL game Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Wolfenstein: ET is a free, standalone multiplayer game that is based on the original Return to Castle Wolfenstein, that was released a few years back. It uses a heavily modified version of the Quake 3 engine which makes it a very easy to use benchmarking tool. We created our own custom demo and used the built-in timedemo feature to check each card's frame rate. The tests below were run at 1024x768 and again at 1600x1200, without anti-aliasing, with 4X AA and lastly with 4X AA and 8X anisotropic filtering enable concurrently.

Using our custom timedemo with Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, the MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 routed the competition yet again.  Without any anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering, the MSI card was about 10% faster than the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra at both resolutions, and about 30% - 73% faster then the Radeon 9600 XT.  With AA and Aniso enabled, the FX5900XT-VTD128's lead increases to over 400% in some test configurations.  However, we should mention that ATi is aware of their relatively poor performance in this game and their release notes state a future Catalyst driver release should resolve the situation.

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