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

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: MSI

System Setup and 3D Marks

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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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