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The MSI GeForce FX5200 TDR128
A Budget Card with a Little Extra

By: Jeff Bouton
June 3rd, 2003

More Quake III
2X FSAA & Maximum Anisotropic Filtering

In our last Quake 3 test, we left the Anti Aliasing settings at 2x and set the Anisotropic filtering to maximum.  This combination offers decent picture quality while keeping the hit to performance reasonable. 

At the conclusion of this benchmark we found the performance of the MSI GeForce FX 5200 TDR128 to be pretty good.  While enabling Anisotropic filtering on top of 2X anti aliasing, we saw a 14FPS drop in performance at 1024x768, maintaining triple digit frame rates.  When the resolution was increased to 1280x1024, we saw a lesser decline equalling roughly 4 frames, managing to keep ahead of the minimum 60 FPS threshold.

 

Serious Sam-TSE
Causing a "Little Trouble"

Another excellent OpenGL benchmark is Serious Sam The Second Encounter.  This is one of the few games that can be configured to run under OpenGL or DirectX, although we find it to be more suited for OpenGL testing.  This is a fairly intensive test that severely taxes a video card even at lesser resolutions.  In this round of tests, we opted to run the benchmark at 1024x768 and 1280x1024.  Scripts were run to insure both cards were run with the same settings.

It seems as though Serious Sam was a "serious" challenge for the GeForce FX5200.  At 1024 the card wasn't capable of breaking triple digit frame rates as the Radeon 9000 Pro could.  As we increased the resolution to 1280x1024, the performance hit was even more severe, dropping below the 60 FPS minimum.  Keep in mind these tests were run with Maximum Quality settings and would certainly improve with a "Normal Quality" setting.

From a performance perspective, the MSI GeForce FX5200 TDR128 shaped up to be a decent low cost video card.  Throughout our tests the card maintained respectable scores for an entry level product, proving it to be a capable little card.  When we take into account the hefty bundle of software and hardware that accompanies this graphics card, the overall package is quite attractive.  MSI is clearly focusing on giving a lot of value for the money with an impressive bundle of software and remote control.  While we did have mixed feelings as to the usefulness of the remote except under specific circumstances, we think in the end it will be up to the individual.  When tested, the remote control worked quite well and the Media Center Deluxe II software was extremely functional and easy to use.  We also found the price point attractive as well.

We looked up the MSI GeForce FX5200 TDR128 on pricewatch and found the card selling for a little over $100.  That's a very affordable price for a card with so many extras.  We found Radeon 9000s selling in the $75 price range, but they don't include a remote control nor AGP 8X and entry level DirectX 9 support. 

From a "budget" perspective, we give the MSI GeForce FX5200 TDR128 a Hot Hardware Heat Meter rating of a 8.5 



 

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