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MSI FX5600U-VTD128 (FX 5600 Ultra)
By Vijay Anand
Category : Graphics
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 14th October, 2003
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  

Test Setup

We have discussed much of the performance levels and capabilities of the GeForce FX5600 Ultra in our extensive Chaintech Apogee FX71 graphics card review . Hence, we now jump directly to our test results portion of the MSI FX 5600U-VTD128 where we measure it up against the recently reviewed Chaintech FX 5600 Ultra graphics card. Just for relative comparisons, we have also included the results of a non-Ultra GeForce FX 5600 graphics card.

Our test system is a Pentium 4 3.06GHz processor running on Intel’s D875PBZ Canterwood motherboard with 512MB Kingmax DDR333 operating in dual-channel mode. You may refer to the complete test setup configuration at the end of the review. All graphics cards were tested with the Detonator FX 44.03 WHQL driver. Using Windows XP Professional operating system, our test suite comprised of the following:

  • Futuremark 3D Mark 2001SE Pro
  • Futuremark 3D Mark 2003 Pro
  • Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
  • Quake3
  • Return to Castle Wolfenstein
  • Jedi Knight II
  • Unreal Tournament 2003 Demo
  • Codecult’s Codecreature
  • GunMetal demo benchmark
  • AquaMark 3 benchmark
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) lighting demo

    Note that 3D Mark 2003 was patched with the 3.3.0 update, but the results may still not depict the actual performance (this one’s still debatable, but nevertheless, we are showing it for your personal comparison).

    Newly added to our benchmark suite is the long-awaited AquaMark 3 benchmark, which uses plenty of DirectX 8 and some DirectX 9 routines, so there’s plenty use for all the shader hardware in today's graphics cards.
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