MSI NX7300GS TD256E
Benchmarking: Quake 4 v1.2
We'll be testing the games in this article using "High Quality" settings at resolutions of 800x600 and 1024x768, and we'll also be throwing in some scores using 2x Anti-Aliasing and 4x Anisotropic filtering as well. For the budget type card we're reviewing today, we feel these settings strike a good balance between performance and image quality.
Our first test is with Quake 4 running at 800x600. The MSI NX7300GS will start a trend here, falling between the Foxconn mobo's on-board video, the Nvidia GeForce 6150, and our XFX GeForce 6600 DDR2. With the visual quality of the Doom 3 engine, you'll need a decent card to fully enjoy a game like Quake 4, as 39.7FPS is just the average framerate. During a good fight, the framerates can drop into the low 20's.
The game becomes a little hard to play at 1024x768. The game still looks decent with Medium Quality video settings, so either using the lower resolution or reducing the image quality settings should offer a playable experience.