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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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Overclocking the GeForce 8800GTX

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 576 MHz 665 MHz
Memory Speed: 1800 MHz 2132 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 MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD videocard is pretty darn quick in its own right, without anyone messing around with it. That doesn't mean PCSTATS is going to spare this flagship videocard from the overclocking tests.

We'll be starting today's overclocking tests with the nVidia 'G80' GPU first. It is clocked at a default speed of 576 MHz, and that frequency will be increased in 5 MHz increments.

Using RivaTuner, the GeForce 8800GTX core turned out to be a pretty good overclocker and easily cracked 600 MHz. Shortly thereafter we passed 610, 620 and 630 MHz without any trouble. nVIDIA may not want videocard manufacturers to factory overclock the G80, but that doesn't mean it doesn't overclock well!

The MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD hit a top speed of 665 MHz before RivaTuner stared to complain about it not passing the internal test. If we disabled the internal test, the core could probably go higher but with stock cooling, I didn't want to push too hard. There are reports online that the G80 scales well with watercooling, TEC or phase change cooling solutions.... but unfortunately none of those types of cooling were available at the time of this review.

Next up was the 768MB of Samsung GDDR3 memory. This videocard memory is clocked at 1800 MHz by default, or 1.8GHz. We were a bit more aggressive when it came to overclocking the videocard's memory, and took it in 20 MHz strides.

In the past we have seen Samsung GDDR3 memory overclock well this way, so we were anticipating some really fast results this time.

The MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD's memory didn't disappoint. We broke through 1900 MHz in no time, and closed in on 2000MHz just as fast. The 2 GHz plateau came and went, as did the 2100 MHz barrier!

A few moments later, we reached the end of the game, with the memory at its maximum speed of 2132 MHz. RivaTuner started to complain about failing the internal driver test, so we didn't try for anything faster.

One of the interesting results of all of this overclocking was that it didn't actually improve the benchmark results of the MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD videocard all around... However, as you saw from the power draw tests, overclocking does have a noticeable impact on total system power consumption.

Aside from reaching for 3DMark records the NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD is fast enough for hardcore gamers at its stock speeds, even those of you who play 1600x1200+ with AA/AF. It's hard to believe, but overclocking really isn't all that necessary with this GPU.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD 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 8800GTX 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 FX-62

Clock Speed:

14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz

Motherboards:

Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI)

Videocard: MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD

Asus EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E
Gigabyte GV-NX76GT256D-RH
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS

Memory:

Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Heatsink
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 6.70
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27
ATI Catalyst 6.11

Benchmarks:

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

AA+AF Benchmarks
FarCry
FEAR
Doom 3

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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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