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eVGA's e-GeForce FX 5900SE
A curiously named GeForce card hits the market

By Robert Maloney
December 15th, 2003

Performances Comparisons With Final Fantasy XI v2.0
Chocobos finally make it to the big screen

Final Fantasy is a title that is more well known by console gamers, but it appears that Squaresoft is ready to make the jump to the PC, with a MMORPG version of the classic. The demo version is equipped with a built-in benchmark, which displays a score every time it makes a full cycle.  Although the demo is meant the check an entire system's readiness to play the game, the number of frames rendered in the demo scales well with different video cards installed.  Lower scores indicated 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. 

It's a relatively tight pack, with less than 600 points separating the top from the bottom.  The 5900 SE fell in evenly between its brethren; 6% behind the 5950 Ultra and 6% ahead of the 5700 Ultra.  Price-wise, however, the 5900SE will come in a lot closer to the 5700 Ultra, which could spell an early doom for this recently released model.  ATI's top entry in it's 9600 line lands squarely in fourth.

Benchmarks / Comparison With Gun Metal
With game play like this, we can't wait to play the real thing

Gun Metal uses Vertex Shader 2.0 and Pixel Shader 1.1 ops in the creation of the game world. Yeti's attempt is to heavily stress the GPU, and to achieve this, anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering are enabled by default, and cannot be disabled. As such, the average frame rates are lower than one should expect with the actual game, so don't be discouraged by the scores that you see in the graphs below.  The benchmark was run twice; once at 1024x768x32, and again at 1280x1024x32.

The FX 5900 and 5950 based cards are in the lead, with the 5700 Ultra not too far off the mark.  The 9600 XT just didn't fare very well at either resolution, not even challenging the 5700 Ultra.  Incidentally, we see approximately the same hit in frame rates when moving from 1024x768 to 1280x1024 on all cards.

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