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MSI NX8500GT-TD256E Geforce 8500GT Videocard Review

MSI NX8500GT-TD256E Geforce 8500GT Videocard Review - PCSTATS
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Jun 25 2007   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking the MSI NX8500GT-TD256E

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 450 MHz 676 MHz
Memory Speed: 800 MHz 1040 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 nVIDIA GeForce 8 series of videocards have been pretty good overclockers in PCSTATS labs, so I was expecting good things from the MSI NX8500GT-TD256E as well. The core is clocked at 450 MHz by default and the memory hums along at 800 MHz, far too low... let's see what we can do about that! ;-)

Starting with the Geforce 8500GT core first, the clock speed was bumped up in 10 MHz increments. The little GeForce 8500GT core handled this well, easily cracking 500 MHz in no time from a starting point of 450MHz. Then just as quickly came 560MHz, 570MHz and 580MHz. After a while it was starting to look like the MSI NX8500GT-TD256E would overclock forever...

Even 600 MHz came and went without any difficulty, but eventually maximum speed the GeForce 8500GT GPU would run at was 676 MHz! That's a very healthy 226 MHz overclock! I'm quite impressed by this entry level videocard.

Next up was the 256MB of Hynix HY5P8561621A memory, this time the clock speed was increased in 20 MHz increments. The 256MB of GDDR2 memory broke past 900MHz and 1000 MHz pretty easily, before topping out at 1040 MHz. Anything higher and nTune would complain about the videocard not passing its internal test.

Considering the stock core and memory speeds, the MSI NX8500GT-TD256E videocard turned out to be a pretty sweet overclocker. Up next, check out what the higher clock speed does to benchmark results.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the MSI NX8500GT-TD256E 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 8500GT 256MB 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 (AM2)

Clock Speed:

14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz

Motherboards:

Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI)

Videocard: MSI NX8500GT-TD256E

Asus EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD
Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC
MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC
nVidia GeForce 8600GTS SLI
Foxconn
8600GTS-256
MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E
Gigabyte GV-NX76GT256D-RH
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS
Albatron 8600GT-256

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 7.2

Benchmarks:

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

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer NX8500GT-TD256E
 Pg 1.  MSI NX8500GT-TD256E Geforce 8500GT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  nVidia GeForce 8500GT Technology
 Pg 3.  — Overclocking the MSI NX8500GT-TD256E
 Pg 4.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 8.  Entry Level DirectX 10 Gaming?

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