The MSI NX6800 TD-128E is a fairly plain Geforce 6800
videocard with a feature set typical to the current videocard market. It
supports HDTV-out, with component, composite and S-video outputs all available.
We had no complaints about the makeup of the card, and we appreciated its
lightness relative to many high-end cards weighed down by heavy cooling
MSI has avoided the typical software bundle in favour
of a single game, CryTek's Far-Cry. We applaud the idea of giving gamers a game
which will actually utilize the features of the card they are buying, something
which used to be common in the industry but is now rare. It would be nice though, if
MSI or other manufacturers could produce versions of their cards with different
bundled games since SLI buyers currently must pay for two versions of the same
game. Perhaps a special SLI bundle would be in order? It would give video card
companies something appropriate to stuff into those huge boxes.
The MSI NX6800-TD128E is a great overclocker's card,
gaining very significant MHz (and real performance) advantages both in single
and SLI modes. Some of the scores achieved by the overclocked SLI setup were
particularly impressive. If you buy this card with the expectation of getting
extra performance for your money, you will not be disappointed.
A single MSI NX6800-TD128E performs well, but near the
bottom of the 'high-end' video card grouping due to its slower memory and
smaller number of pixel pipelines. Overclocked, the card proved the equal of an
nvidia Geforce 6800GT, which shows some great potential.
When configured in SLI mode, the MSI NX6800-TD128E
shone. While using mid-range 6600GT cards in SLI provides buyers with great
performance and value for money, these cards still cannot equal the high-end
videocards in most benchmarks. Dual MSI NX6800-TD128Es often considerably
exceeded the other videocards in our roundup, especially when overclocked. Where
SLI really kicks in is at extreme resolutions and with AA/AF enabled. In our
advanced tests, the dual cards absolutely tore up Doom3 with full-eye candy
enabled. At one point the SLI setup was almost four times faster than a single
At a price of CAD$285 ($230US), the MSI NX6800 TD-128E
is priced nicely in between the midrange and the high-end. A single one will
give you good performance and overclockability, and buying two for SLI should
still work out considerably cheaper than the higher-end single video cards while
giving comparable performance.
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