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MSI NX7300GS-TD256E Videocard Review

MSI NX7300GS-TD256E Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The software package that comes with the MSI NX7300GS-TD256E videocard is surprisingly unique. Included ks a full version of the game Juiced (DVD edition), it's a fairly popular racing title.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Mar 28 2006   Colin Sun  
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The story behind the GeForce 7300GS

As you know, nVidia's GeForce 7300GS core is built on TSMC's trendy 0.09 micron manufacturing process. This makes the Geforce 7300GS one of nVIDIA's first 90nm parts.

Like the GeForce 6200TC GPU that came before it, the Geforce 7300GS supports nVIDIA's 'TurboCache' technology. What that does is allow the videocard to use system memory to store graphics data - so basically this PCI Express graphics card can appropriate up to 256MB of memory away from Microsoft Windows XP for its own use.

There are a two different flavours of GeForce 7300GS videocards available, a 128MB model and a 256MB version (we're reviewing the 256MB model). The 128MB version will gobble up another 128MB of system memory to use as its own for a total of 256MB of graphics memory. The 256MB version will take up to another 256MB, giving it a total of 512MB of memory to access.

Because memory bandwidth is a key issue, the memory controller on nVidia GeForce 7300GS videocards has been upgraded to 64-bits. Some earlier GeForce 6200TC videocards utilized a 32 bit memory controller, that severely crippled 3D performance.

The biggest change between nVidia GeForce 6200TC and the GeForce 7300GS CPUs is clock speed. The new core is clocked at 550 MHz, with memory at 350 MHz. The vertex pipelines have remained the same at 3, and pixel pipeline at 4.

nVIDIA PureVideo

High Definition content is the future of entertainment! Playing High Definition content on current generation PCs can bog down the fastest processors because there is more data to handle. Similar to the need for DVD accelerators a few years back, nVIDIA PureVideo enables computer users to view MPEG-2/DVD and WMV HD formats without slowing the PC to a crawl.

The PureVideo standard incorporates a hardware accelerator for the afore mentioned MPEG-2/DVD, and Microsoft Windows Media HD Video standards (WMV HD). According to nVIDIA's documentation on PureVideo, the GPU (GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs) takes on video decoding tasks from the CPU, and the end result is smoother, shutter free HD playback. nVIDIA PureVideo also supports most current and future high definition formats. The system seems to be built with a good degree of future proofing for upcoming standards - as it should be.

PureVideo is more than just a media accelerator; it also includes features to improve video picture quality. If you believe the marketing; DVD, cable, and satellite video provide poor crispness, clearness and smoothness that consumers are desperate to be "saved from." nVIDIA's PureVideo technology applies spatial temporal de-interlacing to apparently deliver a better image than traditional de-interlacing can muster. PureVideo also fixes the 3:2 pull down problem that can arise from 24 fps video being converted to 30 fps for viewing on TVs or monitors. By recovering the original 24 frame content, PureVideo apparently allows for a clear crisper image.

PureVideo can also scale videos to any resolution, while maintaining a relatively detailed picture. This means users can view lower resolution videos at a high resolution without suffering too much from blocky or blurry pictures.

To test PureVideo's HD accelerating capabilities, we decided to play one video through Windows Media Player 10, which was downloaded from Microsoft's WMV HD Content Showcase. The Discoverers (IMAX) video is available in both 720P and 1080P formats, and CPU utilization was monitored through Task Manager to give a general indication of system load.

Running the 720P version of "The Discoverers" video, CPU usage hovered between 22% and 38%.

The 1080P version of "The Discoverers" video obviously uses more system resources. CPU usage jumps between 36% and 44%. It's a bit on the high side, but then again you're probably not going to be burning a DVD while watching a high definition video so it should be sufficient.

Now, let's have a look at the test system specs, answer the question of overclocking, and dive right into the benchmarks!

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer NX7300GS-TD256E
 Pg 1.  MSI NX7300GS-TD256E Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — The story behind the GeForce 7300GS
 Pg 3.  Overclocking and Benchmark System Specs
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SplinterCell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: X3: Reunion

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