Overclocking and Conclusion
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Even though I don’t normally see the need to overclock my video cards I pushed the G3Ti500 Pro VTG as far as I could get it without seeing any artifacts or reboots; I got to 260 / 560 and anything beyond that I got random reboots while doing 3D Mark 2001. While overclocking the video card I kept the CPU at default (11X133). I did this to demonstrate how it overclocked and not distract away from the card itself.
The best score that I could get was 8650 in 3D Mark 2001, which isn’t bad considering that I could only push the card to 260 / 560.
I was very impressed with the quality and the performance of the MSI G3Ti500 Pro VTG, It beat or was equal to the reference card in nearly every benchmark and I must admit even though I don’t see the need for the 3D glasses they were very comfortable and for someone who has not used them before, as long as they can live with the headaches and the double vision, they will get some enjoyment from them.
One of the features that I did like, that I did not really cover in the review was the video in and out, the card comes with S-Video in and out and you get composite AV out along with a S-Video to composite AV adapter cable; so that gives you in and out in both formats. I tried both the video in and the video out and found that the picture quality in films and games was good but as expected text was blurred.
Picture quality was good and with my monitor at 1600 X 1200 (75 Hz) the text was still sharp; also the MSI software DVD player worked very well and even with Seti running in the background I still got a steady stutter free picture.
With all the GeForce 3 Ti500 cards on the market at the moment you won’t go wrong by choosing the G3Ti500 Pro VTG; admittedly its not the best overcocker out their but at the moment their is no real need to overclock the video card unless you are only interested in the numbers and comparing 3D Mark scores.