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MSI RX600XT-TD128 PCI Express VIdeocard Review

MSI RX600XT-TD128 PCI Express VIdeocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: MSI Computer have given us the opportunity to test out one of their latest PCI Express videocards, the ATI Radeon X600 based MSI RX600XT-TD128 videocard.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Aug 17 2004   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > MSI Computer RX600XT-TD128

Overclocking the card

While PCstats.com is pretty impartial when it comes to choosing a GPU brand (ATI or Nvidia, it doesn't matter to us), I expect them to overclock like a daemon, or back to the store they go.

With the knowledge that the Gigabyte X600XT videocard overclocked so nicely, there were obviously a lot of anticipation about how the MSI RX600XT-TD128 videocard would handle its overclocking tasks...

We started to raise the clock speed of the X600 core slowly from 500 MHz through to 550 MHz. Continuing on, the core speed passed 575 MHz and 600 MHz.... but could not rise past 610 MHz. There were no visual artifacts visible, and the temperatures seemed fine, but anything above 610 MHz would generate a blank screen when running 3D benchmarks.

The MSI RX600XT-TD128 videocard had its memory clocked at 384MHz by default. Going up slowly we were easily able to crack the 400 MHz mark. Continuing on, the memory was able to pass 430 MHz with ease, ending up at a maximum oveclocked speed of 438 MHz. Not too shabby at all! Since the core and memory overclocked well together, the overclocked benchmarks will be run at 610MHz core / 438MHz memory.

PCStats Test System Specs:
System 1 System 2

Intel Pentium 4 540

Intel Pentium 4 3.0C

Clock Speed: 16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz 15 x 200 MHz = 3.0 GHz

Gigabyte 8ANXP-D, i925X

Gigabyte 8KNXP, i875P


Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V
Gigabyte GV-NX57128D
MSI PCX5750-TD128

ATi Radeon 9800XT
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro
ATi Radeon 9700 Pro
Asus Radeon 9600XT
MSI FX5950 Ultra-TD128
MSI FX5900U-VTD256
AOpen GeForceFX 5900XT


2x 256MB Crucial PC4300 DDR2

2x 256MB Corsair TwinX 3200LL

Hard Drive: 40GB WD Special Ed 40GB WD Special Ed
PowerSupply: Vantec Stealth 470W Vantec Stealth 470W
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.02.1012
Forceware 60.85

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.02.1012
Catalyst 3.9
Detonator 53.03


Gun Metal 2
X2 The Threat

AA Test, AF and AA+AF Test
X2 The Threat

The AGP and PCI-E systems are different, but the results are being included for reference.

3DMark2001SE Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

3DMark2001 - Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT 19073
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 18762

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

Asus Radeon A9600XT 13604
Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V 14570
MSI FX5950 Ultra-TD128 17582
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 17274
Albatron GeForceFX 5700 Ultra 15165
MSI PCX5750-TD128 12247
Gigabyte GV-NX57128D 12310
MSI RX600XT-TD128 14222
MSI RX600XT-TD128 (610/438) 16231

The MSI RX600XT-TD128 videocard does well in 3DMark... better than the nVIDIA competition anyway. It scores slightly lower than the Gigabyte X600XT, but that's because it's clocked slower at stock.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer RX600XT-TD128
 Pg 1.  MSI RX600XT-TD128 PCI Express VIdeocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking the card
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures, AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 3, Gun Metal 2
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 6.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 7.  Advanced Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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