MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E Geforce 6800GT Videocard Review
I like about nVIDIA is that the company is always willing to try out new
ideas. In its tussle with 3dfx, T&L was the turning point, leaving 3dfx's Voodoo pretty much dead in the water as
a result. nVIDIA's battle with ATi has been a lot tougher, and so
far neither company is totally dominating the market. Strong rivalries usually lead to lower
prices for consumers.... the key word here is usually.
not the first company
to pair up two videocards to work together but it's
the first to really make it mainstream. 3dfx had the Voodoo2, but they were
extremely expensive and with the introduction of the AGP slot, PCI videocards like were left
in the dust, no matter how innovative.
release of the new WHQL Forceware 71.84 drivers, users can
now create their own
SLI game profiles, a point which will probably save SLI from becoming an obscure
curiosity 6 months from now. The new drivers mean that any game profile that's not
natively supported by the SLI drivers can be user-created. Of course if the custom profile blows up
and hoses your machine, you're on your own. That's the catch-22 of it
||MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E Videocard
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, VIVO cable, Two Molex to 6 pin 12V
pleased to be looking at the MSI
NX6800GT-T2D256E Geforce 6800GT-based PCI-Express videocard in this report. Beyond the catchy name, the NX6800GT's
notable points are 256MB of GDDR3 Samsung BGA DRAM, and that it doesn't
take up an extra slot on your motherboard with a huge cooling solution like
ATI seem so fond of doing lately. nVidia had its fun in this
ballpark with a loud, and now obsolete GeForce 6800 Ultra videocard series. Quiet is
king, so listen closely as we dish out the details...
you've probably noticed, the NX6800GT-T2D256E is a dual DVI output videocard which
is great news for users of LCD monitors. We've long asked for dual DVI-out
videocards and perhaps the trend is finally starting to shift that way. Also
included in the package is one DVI to analog converter. MSI really should have
bundled two, but I guess you can't win them all.
There's little doubt that
high end videocards generate a lot of heat and the NX6800GT-T2D256E is no exception.
MSI employ a heavy single slot copper HSF that cools both the core and
the memory. We're happy to report that during testing it kept the core
relatively cool and temperatures hovered around 60 degrees Celsius with the fan
set to quiet mode.
With the fan set
to high, temperatures dropped to about 55 degrees Celsius and the NX6800GT-T2D256E
was still almost silent.
rear of the videocard we see a small heatsink that cools the card's MOSFETs and
it does a pretty good job. To the right of that is the six pin 12V videocard power
connector. The GeForce 6800GT sucks up a lot of juice and the PCI Express slot
simply can't supply enough by itself. Most power supplies being sold today, even
ATX 2.0 compliant ones, do not have this connector so MSI throws in an adaptor
Not many companies consistently rival MSI's software package, not even other tier one manufacturers
like Asus and Gigabyte. With the NX6800GT-T2D256E, we get full versions of XIII, Uru and
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as well as a 14 game
demo CD and system utilities!