MSI PCX5750-TD128 PCI-E Videocard Review
Whether you like
it or not 2004 is a transition year between old and new technologies. It will
be expensive for enthusiasts to keep up with the changes Intel are serving up
all at once, but in the long run it will be worth it... at least that's what we're being
outs is proven hardware like the AGP slot, DDR memory and for Intel, the ATX motherboard. The replacements for
each of these technologies promises a lot, but we may have to wait a while
to see if they truly deliver. Take for example the good old PCI bus. It's
a bottleneck for modern systems, and the tiny 133MB/s pipeline is laughable by today's standards.
After twelve years of service it's finally time for PCI to retire. What brings this retirement about is the recent release of the Intel i925X and i915P chipsets,
each of which support the new PCI-Express interconnect.
PCI-Express motherboards slowly filter into the market, manufacturers are
quietly placing emphasis on getting their mainstream PCI-E cards out and into PCs.
After all, mainstream videocards are the type of videocard most often bought by consumers,
and pushing $600 cards at the introduction of a new (and unproven) slot
doesn't make that much sense. As the Intel computing world becomes more familiar with PCI-Express, expect
more high end, and native PCI-E solutions to crop up. Before we get to far ahead ourselves, let's focus in on the
card PCstats.com is testing in this review; the MSI PCX5750-TD128 videocard.
MSI PCX5750-TD128 is a PCI-Express x16 solution based on the
venerable nVidia GeForcePCX 5750 core, and comes with 128MB of
standard DDR memory running at 500MHz. The bright red card supports S-Video
output, and of course comes with all the necessary cables in the box. An
additional DVI-to-analog converter is included so users can configure dual
monitors if they prefer as well.
S-Video to S-Video cable, DVI to analog
converter, Users Manual, Driver CD, 3D Desktop CD, WinDVD CD,
WinDVD Creator CD, RestoreIT!/Virtual Drive CD, 3D Album CD,
Media Center CD, 14 Game Demo CD, Uru CD
Aside from the PCI-E x16 connector on
the bottom of the card, it would hard to tell the PCX5750-TD128 apart
from the reference GeForcePCX 5750 AGP videocard. Both feature pretty
similar components, and indeed the GPUs are identical. Beneath the small
aluminum heatsink situated below the brains of the videocard is
the HSI bridge chip. The HSI chip allows the natively AGP core to
communicate over the PCI-Express interconnect.
really pulled out all the stops on the software bundle that ships with the
PCX5750-TD128, it comes with a small mountain of games including Prince of
Persia: The Sands of Time, Uru, and about twelve other titles. Considering that
the entire package retails for just $202 CDN ($153 US), MSI have certainly
put together a compelling package!
In the last
few years manufacturers have been equipping their videocards with ever
larger, ever faster fans to keep temperatures down. Temperatures have
dropped down, but cards have become pretty loud. With an eye towards
keeping things cool, and quiet, MSI have applied their "Silence Starforce"
cooling solution here. According to MSI, this cooling solution produces a
maximum of 28 dB noise.
testing, the MSI PCX5750-TD128 did remain very quiet. Marketing slogans
aside, that is all we really need to hear.
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