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MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD Geforce 8800GTX PCI Express Videocard Review

MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD Geforce 8800GTX PCI Express Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The MSI Computer NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD is the companies' flagship nVIDIA-GPU based videocard. This massive slab of chips and thermal solution is built around an equally large nVidia 'G80' GForce 8800GTX core.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Feb 12 2007   Colin Sun  
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Dawn of the DX10 Era?

DirectX 10 requires a pretty major system overhaul. From processor to memory, videocard and even operating system, you'll need a new computer to run the next generation games which are coming out soon.

nVIDIA has beaten ATi to the punch and has released its long awaited G80 core in two variants, the high end mainstream GeForce 8800GTS and bleeding edge GeForce 8800GTX. Both bring new technologies to the table and promise a lot of performance and an equally hefty price tag.

The MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD is MSI's flagship videocard, and with a price of $693 CDN ($613 US, £314 GBP), it's certainly hard on the wallet.

The NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD has 768MB of GDDR3 backing up the GeForce 8800GTX core. The memory runs at 1.8GHz, and the GPU at 575MHz. The videocard supports dual DVI outputs at up to 2048x1536 resolution, TV and High Definition Component output, and HDMI through DVI-to-HDMI cables. With HDCP compatibility, the NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD can play those copyright protected HD-DVD/Blu-Ray movies that are now starting to come out in WindowsXP and Windows Vista.

Despite the high price tag of the MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD, the videocard doesn't come with many frills aside from the necessary connectors (DVI to analog converters, molex to six pin power converter, video output cable) and a copy of Serious Sam II. MSI usually includes more goodies with its videocards, and to us it doesn't make much sense to include a bunch of old titles.

At the time of this review Microsoft Windows Vista was not available for testing, but it has become evident that nVidia is a little behind on its Vista drivers now that the operating system is out. PCSTATS advises you to check up on that situation before plunking your cash down on any DX10 videocard for use with Vista.

The NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD videocard itself is based entirely on the reference design. Manufacturers have long stuck with nVIDIA reference designs since it is the most reliable. The stock dual slot cooler does a decent job at keeping the GeForce 8800GTX core and memory cool, although that's a pretty difficult task. If you're considering running one, two or four of these videocards, you'd better have very good system airflow! Simply saying GeForce 8800GTX based videocards get hot is an understatement!

You'll be glad to know though that during testing the MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD only generated a moderate amount of noise when gaming even with AA/AF enabled. It's a good idea to clean the exhaust vent and heatsinks on the videocard of dust on a regular basis. Dust will impact the heatsink's cooling ability.

For those of you with a lot of money, the right components, you can run four GeForce 8800GTS/GTX videocards together for Quad SLI. Whether one needs that much rendering power is debatable however you'd definitely make all the computer geeks you know jealous. ;-) If you're going to be running SLI with only two videocards, you only have to connect one set of the SLI bridge connectors on the videocard.

While the MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD is powerful 3D rendering videocard, it also uses up a lot of energy. In fact of all videocards tested at PCSTATS, the NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD-based system consumed the most power (345W - total system power draw), 12W more than ATi's Radeon X1900 XTX, and 30W more than the dual GPU GeForce 7950GX2 when running at full load! At idle, a top of the line computer system with the GeForce 8800GTX pushes almost 200W (total system power draw).

It's pretty obvious that these power consumption trends cannot continue unabated. Rumors have been suggesting that the G80 will be the last of the power sucking GPUs, and that the future is moving towards parallelism, like processors. With multi-videocard rendering (SLI/CrossFire) gaining popularity and support, it wouldn't surprise us if multi-core GPU platforms are the way of the future.

The MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD was an absolute monster when it came to the benchmarks. It not only beats out the previous nVidia GPU generation, it does so by a large margin. This baby can easily run full AF and AA modes with plenty of power to spare.

In our overclocking tests the MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD videocard reached a very respectable core frequency of 665 MHz, and memory frequency of 2132MHz. That gave us a nice boost above stock speeds in most benchmarks. Please keep in mind that overclocking did not affect overall performance by significant degrees, as the MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD was pretty much system limited. If you plan on overclocking a GeForce 8800GTX videocard, you'll need to overclock the rest of your PC to see a real benefit.

That last bit pretty much sums up this videocard, the MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD is fast but you absolutely need a strong supporting cast of computer components to get the most out of the massive Geforce 8800GTX 768MB PCI Express x16 videocard. With Microsoft Windows Vista, perhaps it's time for a total computer system overhaul anyway?! If you can afford it, and you have an equally cutting edge system to match, the MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD will be the foundation of one truly killer WindowsXP based gaming rig. And for Vista..? Well, we'll just have to wait and see on that front.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD
 Pg 1.  MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD Geforce 8800GTX PCI Express Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Getting a Feel for the Geforce 8800GTX
 Pg 3.  The nVIDIA G80 Graphics Core
 Pg 4.  Videocard Power Consumption Measurements
 Pg 5.  nVIDIA PureVideo and High Definition Content
 Pg 6.  Overclocking the GeForce 8800GTX
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 8.  Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 9.  Videocard Benchmarks: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 10.  Videocard Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 12.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 13.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 14.  — Dawn of the DX10 Era?

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