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Reviewed by: Bryan Pizzuti [04.29.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson

Card Manufacturer: InnoVISION
GPU Manufacturer: NVIDIA
MSRP: $80-$100

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NVIDIA's DETONATOR drivers have been updated to provide support for the FX series, but it doesn't really add much in the way of options to the drivers. However, the drivers don't seem to realize that the Intellisample engine is missing; Ansio is still present as an option.

Even the older GeForce4 series (both MX and TI) provide 4XS AccuView AA and Ansio (the predecessor of Intellisample) even if some thought the Ansio portion didn't work terribly well.  But the drivers don't seem to know the difference, as you can tell from the screenshot of the driver dialog below:

Maybe it's just referring to the AccuView engine as Intellisample now, but it's more likely that the drivers simply don't know the difference and put it there no matter what, since it was included with the FX5200, which supposedly doesn't even have the AccuView engine aboard. If it's there, NVIDIA doesn't mention it anywhere as a feature. It COULD mean that the functions are being implemented in software, but that would be a terribly unkind thing to do; better if the drivers had blanked it out as inaccessible.

Anyway, we'll be doing a test later between the Performance and Quality modes to see what sort of difference in performance it makes, but most of our tests will use the "Application" setting instead.

The Test

It was a tricky decision to decide what card to test this against.  Nothing would be a "fair" fight, though we could come close.  We decided to test it against a previous-generation GeForce4TI4200, since the GPU has the same clock speed.

Since this card is not intended as a high-performance part, we are not testing it in the fastest machine alive.  Instead, we're pulling out an Athlon 1.2 GHz, which is representative of the range of PCs that would find themselves with this price point of card.  CPU speed DOES make a difference: while a lower-end CPU could certainly accept a super-fast video card, that CPU might not be able to drive game performance hard enough to actually make use of it.

Test System:
AMD Athlon-C 1.2 GHz (266 MHz FSB)
ECS K7S5A motherboard
256 MB PC2100 DDR RAM
30 GB Seagate 5400 RPM HDD

Detonator Driver Version 43.74

All tests were run with the driver quality slider set to "Application" mode except for UnrealTournament 2003.

DirectX 8 - 3DMark2001SE

Well, the 3DMarks figure is only 1000 apart. Considering this is a value card and the TI4200 is intended to be a higher performance part, that's not too bad.  But things get more interesting when we look at some of the details:

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