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MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E Geforce 7600GT Videocard Review

MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E Geforce 7600GT Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The GeForce 7600GT GPU holds a lot of promise but it also has a lot to prove considering how successful its predecessor was.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Jul 11 2006   Max Page  
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Here comes the overclocking!

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 540 MHz 626 MHz
Memory Speed: 1400 MHz 1568 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

Having never overclocked an nVidia GeForce 7600GT class videocard we didn't really know what to expect from the MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E. Starting with the core first, we used nVidia nTune to increase its clock speed from 540 MHz on up....

Increasing the clock speed in 5-10 MHz intervals, the Geforce 7600GT core easily broke the 600 MHz barrier. Nice. Overclocking continued and eventually the GeForce 7600GT core settled on 647 MHz as its maximum speed. That's a pretty healthy overclock from the stock of 540MHz.

Next up was the 256MB of GDDR3 memory. Clocked at a swift 1.4 GHz by default, its speed was also increased in 5-10 MHz intervals.

The GDDR3 memory easily passed the 1.5 GHz barrier and almost cracked the 1.6 GHz barrier as well.... but not quite. The memory settled for a top speed of 1587 MHz.

Unfortunately the core and memory would not run together with each at its respective maximum speed. When we tried this the videocard would crash while running benchmarks. Those of you who have played with GeForceFX series videocards will probably remember how difficult it was to find the top core and memory speeds, the situation with Geforce 7600GT is reminiscent of this.

After some fiddling around, we settled on a 7600GT GPU overclocked speed of 626 MHz and a GDDR3 overclocked speed of 1568 MHz in order to complete benchmarks without any issues.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E 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 nVidia GeForce 7600GT 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+ (socket 939)

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz

Motherboards:

Asus A8N-SLI Premium (NF4 SLI)

Videocard: MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E

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 NX7900GTX-T2D512E
Asus EN7900GT TOP/2DHT/256M/A
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 91.27
ATI Catalyst 6.6

Benchmarks:

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

AA+AF Benchmarks
FarCry
FEAR
Doom 3

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer NX7600GT-VT2D256E
 Pg 1.  MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E Geforce 7600GT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Here comes the overclocking!
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: X3: Reunion
 Pg 12.  Advanced Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 13.  Advanced Benchmarks: FEAR & Conclusions

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