Hi there Summerz!
I have also been looking forward to the release of Doom 3 for a long
time and am planning to upgrade my machine just to play this game.
It's fair to say that we are going to be scared out of our minds when
we play this game!
First, lets have a look at how your card will compare to others.
I found a basic information article on the excellent Toms Hardware
site [ http://www6.tomshardware.com/graphic/200303061/index.html ]
which explains the capabilities of the card and contains the quote:
"The GeForce4 MX (NV7), which was, up til now, the entry-level product
with DirectX 7 technology, is now being replaced by the GeForceFX 5200
(NV34) series. The chip supports DirectX 9."
So this means that the card that you have is basically an updated
GeForce MX440 which supports DirectX 9 for extra special effects.
However, because the card uses the same type of memory interface as
the older GeForce 4 cards, full screen anti-aliasing will cause the
frame rate to drop considerably.
Faster cards such as the Radeon 9700 Pro and the GeForce FX 5900
handle quality settings with more ease.
There is also a review of the card available here:
At the popular Gamespy site in 2002, ID Software gave an idea of the
cards needed to run Doom 3. [
The GeForce FX was not actually released back then so John Carmack
(creator of Doom series) could only talk about the older cards.
He says this about the GeForce family:
"The GF4-MX is a very fast card for existing games, but it is less
well suited to Doom, due to the lower texture unit count and the lack
of vertex shaders.
On a slow CPU with all features enabled, the GF3 will be faster than
the GF4-MX, because it offloads some work. On systems with CPU power
to burn, the GF4 may still be faster.
The card that you have at the moment though, is a DirectX 9 card which
means that it has full support for Pixel and Vertex Shaders so it may
perform quite well, maybe on a similar level to a GeForce 4 Ti4200.
The Phobos Lab site also contains a FAQ which says:
"What will be the requirement for a graphics card?
The Platform for Doom III will be Geforce 3 and above cards but
supposedly you can play it on a Geforce 1 but you will have to turn
ALOT of the visual off to play. An ATI Radeon 9700 and Geforce FX so
far are the best cards available"
Essentially, the 5200 will be adequate for Doom 3 running at a
resolution of 640x480 with the quality settings set to Performance in
the NVidia graphics driver and with details set to low in the actual
Doom 3 will also be released on the XBox console which contains a
graphics chip similar to a GeForce 3 Ti500 and runs most of its games
It is important to realize as well, that 3D Mark 2003 is not really a
true representation of how the system will perform in games.
At the Toms Hardware site, they have an article which explains it in
more detail (with Doom 3) :
Toms Hardware were at the centre of the 3D Mark 2003 controversy which
made headlines on so many tech sites around the world.
The CPU, chipset and memory that you mentioned on the Futuremark site
though are a very capable combination, especially running in fast Dual
Windows ME will only recognize 512MB of memory though, so if you are
looking to add more then you should upgrade to Windows 2000 or XP:
In summary, the system you have now will run the game but only at
moderate quality settings.
The CPU, chipset and memory that you have will be fine for Doom 3,
it's the graphics card which makes the real difference.
If you are looking to run it at resolutions such as 1280x1024, you
will need a faster video card such as a Radeon 9700/9800 Pro or a
GeForce FX 5900 Ultra.
There is a good benchmark using the Doom 3 Alpha demo here which shows
the game being run at resolutions of 1024x768 and up, using medium
quality settings on a number of different cards (it doesn't include
the 5200 though, only the 5200 Ultra) :
As I mentioned before, you will probably need to run it at low quality
There are lots of articles about Doom 3 on the internet, here are a
Gamespy - all Doom 3 articles
John Carmack on Doom 3
John Carmack's diary
Masters of Doom: Carmack Speaks
Masters of Doom
Asus V9520 Magic-T GeForce FX 5200 Review
I also collected some nice screenshots for you:
And a video:
I hope that helps!
Google searches used
"doom 3 site:tomshardware.com"
"windows me memory limit"