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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."
 89% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Feb 23 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > MSI NX6600GT-TD128E

Overclocking and SLI

Since this was our first chance to test two identical SLI-capable videocards together, we decided to overclock the cards only in SLI mode. That means we're raising both the core and the memory frequency of both cards at the same time when moving the sliders. As usual we started with the core first which was clocked at 500 MHz by default on both cards.

Remembering our results with the Gigabyte GV-3D1 videocard, we didn't have high expectations for SLI overclocking, so we started out slowly. Surprisingly this pair of MSI NX6600GT-TD128E videocards seemed up to the task, and we were easily able to pass 530, 540 and 550 MHz! In the end we were able to run both GPUs at 563 MHz with stock cooling; not bad at all!

After having such good results with the 660GT cores we were hoping to duplicate that success with the memory as well. Starting at a stock 1 GHz and moving up in 5 MHz intervals we had some decent success here too. With the 2.0ns Samsung GDDR3 memory that both cards employ, we were easily able to pass the 1.1 GHz mark and the memory topped out at an impressive 1130 MHz! Definitely not to shabby.

It's nice to see that there still is headroom for overclocking, even if you run SLI.

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed: 12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz
Motherboards:

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4-SLI)
Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 (NF3 Ultra)

Videocard:

MSI RX800XT-VTD256E
PowerColor X700 PRO
Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP
MSI NX6600GT-TD128
Albatron Trinity PC6600
Gigabyte GV-3D1 (Single Mode)
Gigabyte GV-3D1 (SLI Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (Single Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (SLI Mode)

Memory:

2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 L2 V2

Hard Drive: 40GB WD HDD
CDROM: AOpen 52x Combo
PowerSupply: Seasonic Super Tornado 400W
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
nForce
Catalyst 4.12
Detonator 66.93

Benchmarks

3DMark2001SE
3DMark05
CodeCreatures
AquaMark
AquaMark3
Gun Metal 2
X2 The Threat
UT2003
Doom3

AA Test, AF and AA+AF Test
3DMark2001SE
UT2003

The AGP and PCI-E systems use a different motherboard but results are shown for reference.

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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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