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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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Overclocking the MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E Videocard

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 650 MHz 702 MHz
Memory Speed: 1600 MHz 1772 MHz
If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

Overclocking utilities do not currently support the new 'G71' core, and the only way to overclock it is via the Coolbits registry hack (available here).

The GeForce 7900GTX core is clocked at a blistering 650 MHz by default. That is the same speed as the Radeon X1900 XTX VPU.

Starting with the core first, it was raised in 5 MHz intervals and quickly surpassed the 700 MHz mark. Our core overclocking did not go much higher than that however; at 705 MHz the core failed the driver test and we stopped. Lowering the speed slightly to 702 MHz allowed the MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E to pass the nVIDIA driver test, and after that the videocard had no difficulty running 3D benchmarks.

Next up was the 512MB of Samsung GDDR3 memory, which by default is clocked at 1.6 GHz. With the memory we moved a bit more aggressively by increasing its clock speed in 20 MHz intervals.

Inexperienced overclockers are advised go a bit slower... as you can run into trouble quickly. The Samsung GDDR3 memory had no difficulty hitting 1.7 GHz which is the stock memory speed of the GeForce 7800GTX 512MB. In the end the highest the memory would overclock to was 1.77 GHz, anything higher and it would fail the nVIDIA driver test.

The core and memory had no difficulty running at their respective maximum speeds. With a third party program like RivaTuner, it's possible that MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E videocard could go overclock higher if the conservative nVIDIA driver tester is disabled.

In any case, an overclock of 702 MHz core and 1.77 GHz memory is decent considering how new the nVIDIA G71 GPU is. As TSMC's manufacturing process improves we can only imagine what that effect that will have on the GeForce 7900GTX's overclockability.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this GeForce 7900GTX based videocard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz

Motherboards:

Asus A8N-SLI Premium (NF4 SLI)

Videocard: MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E

Asus EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A
MSI RX1800XT-VT2D512E
Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B
ATi Radeon X850 XT PE
MSI RX800XT-VTD256E
ATi Radeon X800 XL
PowerColor X700 PRO
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D512E
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E (Single Mode)
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E (SLI Mode)
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A (Single Mode)
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A (SLI Mode)
MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (Single Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (SLI Mode)

Memory:

2x 512MB OCZ Gold GX PC3500 DDR

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 6.70
nVIDIA Forceware 83.50
ATI Catalyst 6.2

Benchmarks:

3DMark05
3DMark06
AquaMark3
FarCry
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Doom 3
FEAR
Quake 4
X3: Reunion

AA+AF Benchmarks
FarCry
FEAR
Doom

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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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