Dual MSI NX6600GT-TD128E SLI Videocard Review
As an enthusiast I'm less
than impressed with the last few years under ATi's rule; they've been turbulent at
best... and not especially innovative. Faster high-end videocards have been plentiful, yes, but we've seen the middle
and low-end components just stagnate in terms
of performance until very recently.
Technology seems to have progressed more evenly when nVIDIA was on the top, and
ATi nipping at its heels. Manufacturing problems and the FutureMark 3DMark03 fiasco
have tainted nVIDIA's reputation, but perhaps the company is ready to take charge of
the 3D market once more. Is it a coincidence that we're seeing higher
performing mainstream/low end products again?
What ever the situation, there's no doubt that nVIDIA's GeForce 6600GT is the
best mainstream core on the market right now. A single GeForce 6600GT-based
videocard is about as quick as last generation's Radeon 9800XT/GeForceFX 5950 Ultra cards,
and then there is the "SLI factor."
PCstats test bench today are a pair of MSI Computer
NX6600GT-TD128E videocards that are literally made for each other.
Based around the GeForce 6600GT core, both cards are backed up with 128MB of memory
on a 128-bit bus. The NX6600GT-TD128E is based on thePCI Express x16 video slot. Goodies included along with the fire engine red videocard are a DVI-to-analog
converter, an S-video/composite/component video break out box, and an SVideo-to-SVideo cable.
Users Manual, Quick Installation
Guide, Driver CD, MSI 3D Software, WinDVD, WinDVD Creator,
Restore It!/Virtual Drive CD, Software Super Pack CD, 14 in 1 CD,
URU CD, Price of Persia CD's, XIII CD's, DVI to analog
converter, S-Video to S-Video cable, video-out cable
typically bundles heaps of software with its videocards, and things are no
different for the NX6600GT-TD128E. Included with the card are 15 CD's worth
of games and software; from system utilities like Restore It! and Virtual Drive,
to full version games like URU, Prince of Persia and XIII.
PCBs are quite pretty and will no doubt will add to the 'coolness' factor of any
computer with a window. PCI Express x16 slots can supply videocards with a lot
more power than their AGP counterparts, so no extra power connector is required
either. MSI has always been good at keeping their products quiet and this pair
of NX6600GT-TD128Es hum away rather softly.
a movie on the computer is ok when you're by yourself, but it's not
as fun as watching one on a large TV screen with friends and family. With the
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E videocard, hooking up the PC to a regular TV or HDTV is
possible thanks to the component video-out cable.
MSI includes an S-Video-to-S-Video cable but no extra component cables. I can understand
the reasoning behind this, since the quality of the component cables makes a big
difference in picture quality. By not including them, MSI saves users a few dollars, and so they
can buy what they need later.
If you do plan to run a
SLI setup for your system, you'd better make sure that you have good airflow in your
case. The top videocard inevitable runs much hotter than the bottom card, and
this can cause some real problems if you decide to