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MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 Videocard Review

MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With 128MB of memory on board, and nice little bundle of software in the box, this should prove to be a pretty good deal for about $280CDN.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Feb 05 2004   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking the FX5700 Ultra

MSI's cards have earned themselves a reputation around here for good overclockability, and so we were obviously hoping for the best from the FX5700 Ultra-TD128 on the test bench.

Starting at the stock core speed of 475 MHz I began to raise things a few MHz at a time. Not surprisingly, the 500 MHz mark fell quite easily.

Seems like MSI's TOP Tech cooler works pretty well, for after a short while we found ourselves well past 550 MHz which is pretty darn good. The FX5700 Ultra-TD128 was just able to pass the 575 MHz plateau before slamming into the wall at 580 MHz.

Next, I pushed the DDR-II faster in 7 MHz intervals until the 1 GHz was left in the digital dust. Sadly, 1.003GHz was all we could get out of the memory, anything higher and the FX5700 Ultra-TD128 would start to artifact. Perhaps with additional cooling the memory might overclock higher... We took some temperature measurements with an Omega OS643E-LS Infrared digital thermometer and the reading was 68 degrees Celsius.

In the end, the FX5700 Ultra-TD128's core and memory played nicely together, running smoothly at 580/1003 for all tests you are about see.

Benchmarks and 3DMark03

PCStats has been a supporter of FutureMark since the days of 3DMark99, but for the time being we have stopped including 3DMark03 in Videocard benchmark suite. It has become clear that recent events have cast so much doubt in the legitimacy of 3DMark03 results that it no longer serves much reference value to our readers. We are aware of FutureMark's Approved Drivers list, but they can be somewhat limiting if newer WHQL drivers are available on the web. If the situation changes we will re-evaluate our position, and reintroduce the benchmark as decided. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by e-mail or speak your mind in the PCstats forums.

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

Intel Pentium 4 3.0C

Clock Speed: 15 x 200 MHz = 3.0 GHz
Motherboards:

Gigabyte 8KNXP, i875P

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9800XT
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro
ATi Radeon 9700 Pro
Asus Radeon 9600XT
MSI FX5950 Ultra-TD128
MSI FX5900U-VTD256
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128
Gigabyte GV-NV57U128D
MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair TwinX 3200LL

Hard Drive: 40GB WD Special Ed
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
PowerSupply: Vantec Stealth 470W
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.02.1012
Catalyst 3.9
Detonator 53.03

Workstation Benchmarks

3DMark2001SE
CodeCreatures
AquaMark
AquaMark3
Gun Metal 2
X2 The Threat
UT2003

AA Test, AF and AA+AF Test
3DMark2001SE
X2 The Threat
UT2003

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Contents of Article: MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128
 Pg 1.  MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking the FX5700 Ultra
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, CodeCreatures
 Pg 4.  Benchmark: AquaMark2.3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks AquaMark3, Gun Metal 2
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: X2 The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2 The Threat, UT2003 w/AA
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2 The Threat, UT2003 w/AF
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2 The Threat, UT2003 w/AA+AF

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