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
FEAR frame rates show similar results to the other tests
in this section with both AA and AF enabled. The
bottom line appears to be that the MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E
videocard doesn't quite have enough power to run AA above 2X.
What an awesome budget
When nVIDIA released the GeForce 6600GT, it was the best
mainstream core the tech community has seen in a long time. Almost two years
later, it's still around and starting to show some signs of age. The new
GeForce 7600GT is a worthy successor, and continues the tradition of excellent
value... in other words it's not very expensive and offers good gaming
The Geforce 7600GT is endowed with a sight increase
to its GPU core clock speed, an increase in the number of pixel rendering
pipelines and a large boost to its memory speed. These three changes add up
to one package that offers a healthy boost in performance for the
mainstream segment of videocard consumers (that means you and I,
because who really buys those $800 videocards?). The MSI
Computer NX7600GT-VT2D256E PCI Express videocard might not be based on the
reference design, but it does right but the GeForce 7600GT GPU.
The MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E is not just fast, MSI also
improves on the already sweet GeForce 7600GT package. For starters the videocard
supports the standard TV output features like S-Video and Component output, as
well as video in options! Along with that is a full video software suite which
includes decent video editing software. This time around MSI only include one
game, but Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is a pretty new title which
definitely pushes the NX7600GT-VT2D256E a bit.
We knew right from the beginning that the MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E would
perform well but certainly didn't expect to see the frame rates that we got. In
games like Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, FarCry and Quake
4, the new mainstream GPU from nVidia performed close to that of GeForce
7800GT. Pretty remarkable for a videocard which retails in
the $206 CDN ($186 US, £100GBP) area wouldn't you say?
To top things off the MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E videocard
was also a pretty decent overclocker... although if you're going to be pushing
this card to the max, you'll have to have patience. The unit PCSTATS tested came
clocked by default at 540 MHz core and 1400 MHz memory. PCSTATS was able
to overclock it to run at 626 MHz core and 1568 MHz memory on a socket 939
AMD Athlon64 4000+ based test system with 1GB of OCZ Gold GX PC3500 DDR memory.
If you're seeking out a new PCI Express videocard,
perhaps as an upgrade or because it's time to retire from AGP, I think what
we've seen here underscores that the MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E videocard
offers a good price and performance ratio. As far as mainstream videocards go
for gamers, the GeForce 7600GT GPU is certainly looking very promising
against competition from ATI's Radeon X1600 series. Considering the amount of 3D "umph"
the MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E has, it's an absolute steal and so nVIDIA is certainly
on the right track.
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