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MSI GeForce FX5600-VTDR128 Review

We’ll be comparing the GeForce FX 5600 to last year’s value best selling value GPU, the GeForce 4 Ti 4200, as well as to the GeForce FX 5200. So let’s take a look and see how the MSI FX5600-TDR128 is able to fare.

Introduction :

MSI Computer, the number one graphics
card manufacturer in the world has always been a
steadfast NVIDIA partner, and has stayed with
through probably it’s most criticized time. The
launch of the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra at Comdex was
the catalyst for the heavy NVIDIA resentment seen
in the hardware enthusiast community, as the “dust
buster” lost out to ATI’s Radeon 9700 Pro in
most benchmarks, and was no competition to the newest
Radeon 9800 Pro already on retail shelves.

The “Direct X 9.0 compliant card
under $ 100, or the GeForce FX 5200 GPU, has also
had its own share of criticism from the enthusiast
community. The criticism is due to the card’s poor
performance in gaming benchmarks and its lack of
significant improvement over the GeForce 4 MX 440

However, probably the most popular
GPU of the current GeForce FX product line is the
GeForce FX 5600, a card that is aimed at the mid
ranged performance markets, or in other words, markets
that are looking for good performance and at the
cheapest possible price. The FX 5600 makes many
improvements over the FX 5200, some of the more
notable include a smaller 0.13µ GPU and faster
core and memory speeds. MSI is among the first add-in
board manufacturers to ship their version of the
GeForce FX 5600 on store shelves, and today we’ll
be looking at the MSI FX5600-TDR128. It’s important
to note that the aside from the 128mb in our test
version of the FX 5600, a 256mb version of the card
is hitting shelves in the future.

We’ll be comparing the GeForce FX
5600 to last year’s value best selling value GPU,
the GeForce 4 Ti 4200, as well as to the GeForce
FX 5200. So let’s take a look and see how the MSI
FX5600-TDR128 is able to fare.



Process Technology
0.13 micron

AGP Interface
AGP 2x/4x/8x

Core Engine

NVIDIA® GeForce4 FX 5600

Core Clock


Memory Type/Size
128MB Samsung
3.3ns BGA DDR

Memory Clock

550Mhz DDR

Memory Bandwidth

11.2GB/s (128-bit)


Max Resolution

2048 X 1536 @ 85Hz

Output Options

DVI-I Output / TV Output / VGA Output

CineFX Shading

• Support for DX
9.0 Pixel/Vertex Shader 2.0+
• Very long pixel programs up to 1024 instructions
• Very long vertex programs with up to 256 static
instructions and up to 65536 instructions executed
before termination
• Looping and subroutines with up to 256 loops per
vertex program
• Subroutines in shader programs
• Dynamic flow control

• Conditional write masking
• Conditional execution
• Procedural shading
• Full instruction set for vertex and pixel
• Z-correct bump-mapping
• Hardware-accelerated shadow effects with shadow

• Two-sided stencil
• Programmable matrix palette skinning
• Keyframe animation
• Custom lens effects: fish eye, wide angle,
fresnel effects, water refraction

High-Performance, High-Precision, 3D Rendering

• 8 pixels per
clock rendering engine
• 128-bit, studio-quality floating point precision
through the entire graphics pipeline
• Native support for 128-bit floating point,
64-bit floating point and 32-bit integer rendering
• Up to 16 textures per pass
• Support for sRGB texture format for gamma
• DirectX and S3TC texture compression

High-Performance 2D Rendering Engine

• Optimized for
32-, 24-, 16-, 15- and 8-bpp modes
• True-color, 64×64 hardware cursor with alpha
• Multi-buffering (double, triple or quad) for
smooth animation and video playback
• True-color, 64×64 hardware cursor with alpha


Package Contents:

  • Instruction Manual
  • MSI Media Center Remote
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • S-Video Cable
  • S-Video Dongle
  • DVI to VGA Adapter
  • Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (full version)
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon (full version)
  • Duke Nukem Manhattan Project (full version)
  • 6 in 1 Games Collection
  • Drivers Disk
  • MSI Media Center
  • VirtualDrive / RestoreIT! Professional
  • Intervideo WinDVD 5.1
  • MSI 3D Desktop

Once again we see the same bundle
that was available with the MSI FX5200-TDR128, one
that includes many games and applications and of
course MSI’s new Media Center. MSI, like I’ve said
many times before, always includes a great bundle
with their graphics cards, adding more value to
their product with every additional bundled item,
with overall value being a very important factor
in consumer’s purchasing decisions in the mid-ranged
performance market.


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