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MSI GeForce 3 Ti500 Pro-VTG (MS-8854)

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: MSI
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System Setup and 3D Marks

This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.

AMD Athlon XP 1700+

Alpha 8045 HSF

Epox 8KHA+ Motherboard

512 MB of PC2100 (2 X 256 MB Crucial)

60 gig Maxtor D740X 60GB UDMA133

Sparkle 400W ATX Power Supply

Iiyama 19" monitor

Windows XP Pro

Detonators 23.12

DX 8.1

Via 4 in 1 Drivers 4.37v

PCI Latency patch

All three cards were tested on the same hardware with the same drivers and updates, I did a clean install of MS Windows XP Pro between each card and I used the following settings.


Vertical Sync is turned off.

Mipmap detail level to blend.

Antialiasing is turned off.

All other settings set to default.

I did the following benchmarks to demonstrate the performance in Direct 3D and Open GL.


3D Mark 2000 & 2001

Vulpine GL

GL Excess

Quake 3

Max Payne

I ran each of the benchmarks three times in every resolution and took an average, I also rebooted between each test; I did this to minimize any error.



3DMark®2000 is designed for DirectX®7. It tests all the latest updates in 3D gaming hardware and includes a bunch of mind-blowing demo scenes.





As normal with this benchmark the CPU is the limiting factor, this is because 3D Mark tests the system as a whole rather than just the video card, this can be demonstrated by looking at the higher resolutions; and as you can see the MSI Pro VTG and the reference card are neck and neck




3DMark®2001, the Gamers' Benchmark, combines DirectX®8 support with breathtaking graphics, and continues to accurately provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.





The above results are quite impressive and as I was expecting the two Ti500 cards to be within 75-100 points of each other, I was very suspicious by the scale of the difference. I went back and re-tested the reference card but the scores were about the same give or take 50 points.

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