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MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE Geforce 7950GX2 Videocard Review

MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE Geforce 7950GX2 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The GeForce 7950GX2 is nVIDIA's flagship graphics card du jour, and the first true dual core, dual slot PCI Express videocard from the boys in Santa Carla.
 87% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Oct 13 2006   C. Sun  
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Overclocking one fast videocard!

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 500 MHz 640 MHz
Memory Speed: 1200 MHz 1480 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

The NX7950GX2-T2D1GE is MSI's top of the line videocard and its core comes clocked at 500 MHz while the memory hums along at 1200 MHz. Starting with the core first, the only tweaker that is compatible with the NX7950GX2-T2D1GE is nVIDIA's own nTune 5 software.

Seeing as how the MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE uses two of the same G71 cores that are found in the Geforce 7900GT/GTX single GPU graphics card, I had some high hopes in terms of overclocking.

The core memory frequency was overclocked in 5-10 MHz increments and the first 100MHz flew by quickly. While the GeForce 7950GX2's easily broke the 600 MHz mark it quickly became apparent that the complexity of this configuration might make it hard from the twin GPU's to reach typical GeForce 7900GTX overclocked levels.

In the end the fastest we could push the MSI NX7950GX2's twin cores to was 640 MHz. That's a pretty healthy overclock from the 500 MHz stock core speed, and only 10 MHz slower than what the GeForce 7900GT's run at.

Next up was the 1GB of GDDR3 memory, which is clocked at 1200 MHz by default. Increasing the clock speed in 10-20 MHz intervals, the memory was not about to be outdone by the good core overclock we achieved. The 1300 MHz barrier came and went as did 1400 MHz. But, after that the going went slowly and in the end the maximum speed the memory overclocked to was 1480 MHz. Speeds higher than this were possible, but the MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE would start to artifact during 3DMark tests.

Please keep in mind these clock speeds when viewing the benchmark results, in applications that do not support or fully support SLI, the MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE videocard may have a hard time keeping up with the GeForce 7900GT since its memory clock speed is significantly lower.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 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 7950GX2 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

AMD Athlon64 4000+ (socket 939)

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz


Asus A8N-SLI Premium (NF4 SLI)

Videocard: MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE

Asus EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A
Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B
ATi Radeon X850 XT PE
ATi Radeon X800 XL
PowerColor X700 PRO
Asus EN7900GT TOP/2DHT/256M/A
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)


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


Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Doom 3
Quake 4
X3: Reunion

AA+AF Benchmarks
Doom 3

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer NX7950GX2-T2D1GE
 Pg 1.  MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE Geforce 7950GX2 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  SLI and the Geforce 7950GX2 GPU
 Pg 3.  MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE Videcoard Gallery
 Pg 4.  Videcoard Gallery Con't
 Pg 5.  — Overclocking one fast videocard!
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark05
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 8.  Videocard Benchmarks: AquaMark3
 Pg 9.  Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 10.  Videocard Benchmarks: SplinterCell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 11.  Videocard Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 12.  Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 13.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 14.  Videocard Benchmarks: X3: Reunion
 Pg 15.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 16.  The Start of a Revolution?

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