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MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E Geforce 7900GTX 512MB Videocard Review

MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E Geforce 7900GTX 512MB Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With ATi's new R580 VPU outperforming, but failing to secure a knock out blow against nVIDIA's eight month old G70 core, PCSTATS was wondering how nVIDIA would respond with its upcoming 'G71'...
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Mar 09 2006   Colin Sun  
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Advanced Benchmarks: FEAR and Conclusions

FEAR

Source: Sierra

FEAR is Sierra's latest first person shooter which relies heavily on DirectX 9 features. With its "Soft Shadows" feature enabled, even the fastest videocards run at a crawl, FEAR is definitely the new benchmark for future FPS games to follow.

FEAR 1600x1200 SS Disabled:

Anti-Aliasing

FPS

Ranking

MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 2x AA

52

MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E QC AA

51

MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 4x AA

34
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 8x AA 16
Anisotropic Filtering

FPS

Ranking

MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 2x AF

71

MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 4x AF

69

MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 8x AF 69
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 16x AF 69
Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering

FPS

Ranking

MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 2x AA, 8x AF

50

MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 4x AA, 16x AF

33

MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 8x AA, 16x AF

16

FEAR is one intensive game and only light Anti-Aliasing will provide decent framerates with the GeForce 7900GTX. Turning on AF does not degrade performance very much, even when 16x AF is enabled. Please note that there is a known issue with the Forceware 83.50 and FEAR. nVIDIA has addressed this issue and with the Forceware 84.17 drivers. The difference is said to improve performance by 25%. Soft Shadows and Anti-Aliasing are not compatible with each other.

Experts Tip: Make Games Prettier

Most gamers are familiar with Anti Aliasing and Anisotropic filtering however the nVIDIA drivers offer more eye candy tweaks than that. Changing the "Performance & Quality Settings" view from "Basic settings" to "Advanced settings" opens up a new world of options that gamers. From "Anisotropic mip filter optimization" to "Transparency antialiasing" and "Gamma correct antialaising", there are more options that meets the eye. There is no best setting to change so gamers will have to test out the individual options themselves but it is worth it and can make a huge difference your favorite games!

Comments and Feedback? Suggest a Tweak.

GeForce 7900GTX vs. Radeon X1900 XTX: Too close to call...

It is refreshing to see how quickly both ATi and nVIDIA have gotten the latest graphics cores out the door, nothing is more frustrating for gamers than paper launches. Grrr... Paper Launches!! With that said, the new nVIDIA 'G71' core is not Earth shattering compared to the previous generation, the 'G70,' but it does provide a decent performance boost to a platform that is almost eight months old. The nVIDIA 'G71' puts the GeForce 7900GTX videocard on par with ATi's best and costliest.

The MSI Computer NX7900GTX-T2D512E videocard is based entirely on the nVIDIA GeForce 7900GTX reference design, and thanks to its large heatsink looks pretty visually impressive. It might appear big and loud, but the fan on the NX7900GTX-T2D512E is dead silent under heavy 3D loads. What a refreshing change compared to the loud stock heatsink on high end ATi videocards like the X1900 XTX. As usual, the software package that accompanies the MSI's NX7900GTX is current, and includes a full copy of "King Kong".

The new nVIDIA 'G71' core is essentially the old nVIDIA G70 core built on a smaller manufacturing process (0.09 vs 0.11 micron), and sped up. This gives new GeForce 7900GTX based videocards a decent performance boost over the previous generation. Because of the speed increase, power consumption has also swollen, and users should take careful note of which power supplies nVIDIA recommends... 400W and up.

While we were unable to test XHD (eXtreme High Definition) for lack of a 20" widescreen LCD display, we can already see the benefits of widescreen gaming taking hold. XHD gaming promises a better experience than with standard 4:3 monitors, just as watching movies in the theatre is vastly better than any paltry 60" HDTV screen can offer.

Remember though that widescreen gaming requires a more powerful videocard like... the MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E. ;-)

Looking over the benchmarks we can see that the MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E videocard was very fast in 3D tests, and it's difficult to say whether this card or the Asus EAX1900XTX (Radeon X1900 XTX) is faster overall. nVIDIA's 'G71' sweeps benchmarks based on Doom 3 and Quake 4 quite easily, however it trails slightly in 3DMark06 and FEAR.

MSI's NX7900GTX-T2D512E videocard was a decent overclocker, achieving a max core speed of 702 MHz and memory speed of 1.77 GHz in our tests. In spite of this, overclocking did not seem to affect 3D benchmark results very much. Aside from 3DMark05/06 scores though, there really is no need to overclock a flagship videocard like this.

With a retail price in the region of $573 CDN ($499 USD/£287 GBP), the MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E videocard is an awesome PCI Express x16 solution which includes SLI compatibility, HDCP, XHD, H.264 video acceleration and a wonderfully quiet although two-slot cooling solution. It is not much of a step up from the GeForce 7800GTX 512MB versions, but for anyone who is considering a card in that class, the MSI NX7900GTX videocard is certainly the way to go.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer NX7900GTX-T2D512E
 Pg 1.  MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E Geforce 7900GTX 512MB Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  From the nVidia G70 to the new G71 core...
 Pg 3.  Extreme High Definition Gaming, the next big thing?
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E Videocard
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SplinterCell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: X3: Reunion
 Pg 13.  Advanced Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 14.  — Advanced Benchmarks: FEAR and Conclusions

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