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Dual MSI NX6600GT-TD128E SLI Videocard Review

Dual MSI NX6600GT-TD128E SLI Videocard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: 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."
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Feb 23 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > MSI NX6600GT-TD128E

Setting up SLI

This processing arrangement removes the overhead of synchronizing the two processors from the PCI-Express bus, allowing improved performance. The video bus link itself apparently runs at up to 10GB/s, though we doubt that this bandwidth is fully utilized.

Currently, the only nVIDIA SLI-compatible video processors are the Geforce 6600GT, 6800, 6800GT and 6800 Ultra. The graphical processors in each video card must be identical, as must the video BIOS revisions, though the cards can run at separate speeds; the SLI system will assume the lowest clock speeds for both cards.

This means that it is going to be pretty much essential to have two identical cards from the same manufacturer to get SLI working correctly. nVIDIA has introduced a certification program to ensure that users can find compatible products.

The actual SLI rendering process uses one of two modes: Alternate Frame Rendering (AFR) and Split Frame Rendering (SFR). AFR has each video card render a separate frame, while SFR, the method that has gotten more publicity, uses each GPU to render part of one frame.

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Contents of Article: MSI NX6600GT-TD128E
 Pg 1.  Dual MSI NX6600GT-TD128E SLI Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Background info on SLI
 Pg 3.  — Setting up SLI
 Pg 4.  SLI Modes
 Pg 5.  Overclocking and SLI
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: AquaMark2.3
 Pg 9.  Benchmark: AquaMark3
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 14.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, UT2003
 Pg 15.  An awesome value made even better!

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