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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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Getting a Feel for the Geforce 8800GTX

The MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD is one hefty videocard, clocking in at 26.5cm long and weighing upwards of 750grams! The videocard is cooled with a massive dual slot heatsink, employing a 65mm squirrel cage fan, heatpipes, and externally directed airflow to keep hot air moving outside the case rather than circulating around inside it. The fan is PWM compatible, so it spins up and slows down based on processing need - this helps to keep noise levels at a reasonable level. The MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD videocard is identical to the nVidia reference design, except for a custom MSI sticker.

We'll get into the GeForce 8800 technology a bit later in the article, first a few details on what the MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD offers up.

At the top left hand corner of the videocard are two SLI bridge connectors, which means this card is Quad SLI compatible! You can still run standard SLI with two videocards by only connecting up a single extra videocard, and it doesn't matter which SLI connector you use.

Over on right edge of the card are two six pin PCI Express power connectors, at least one of these auxiliary power cables needs to be attached for the NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD to run properly.

MSI traditionally includes a large software bundle with its videocards, but the only software that comes with the NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD is a PowerDVD studio CD and Serious Sam II (the real second version). By not bundling a large software suite, MSI is able to keep the NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD price down I suppose... but we kind of wish that a killer DirectX10 game was tossed in, even if its just a trial version.

I guess high end enthusiasts know how to install videocards but MSI should have included a printed copy of its user's manual, rather than just the version on the driver CD. You're spending a lot on the videocard, there's no excuse why one shouldn't be included. The Quick Install Guide is rather thin in terms of information so novice users can get lost easily.

High Definition Video Content

The MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD supports dual DVI outputs, but if you're using analog monitor/s, MSI also includes two DVI-to-analog converters. MSI also bundles a component (Y, Pb, Pr)/S-Video output cable with the videocard so you can hook your computer up to your television for Standard or High Definition viewing.

HDCP support means you can watch copyrighted HD-DVD/Blu-Ray movies at full resolution when using an HDMI connection through one the DVI ports. For that, you will need to buy a DVI-to-HDMI cable.

Even though the MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD has two six pin power connectors, only one is technically required for use. We tested the MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD with just one of the two power cables plugged in and performance was the same as with two under stock load. If no auxiliary power cable is connected, the MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD videocard will cause the system to fail POST and an audible alarm will ring from the videocard's speaker.

If your powersupply doesn't have the 6-pin VGA power cable, the card does ship with two adaptors which will use any free molex power connector for this purpose. Alternatively, you have a look through PCSTATS recent power supply reviews for an Active Power Factor Correction PSU with one or two of the auxiliary power cables as standard - you might even find a PSU more energy efficient then the old PSU in your computer.

Up next, PCSTATS takes a real close look at the nVidia G80 GPU - a chip that is the size of a coffee coaster!

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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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