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MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC Geforce 8600GT Videocard Review

MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC Geforce 8600GT Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Reading through the spec sheet for the nVIDIA GeForce 8600GT GPU, you might be mistaken for thinking it's a high performance graphics processor.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Jul 12 2007   Colin Sun  
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PCSTATS Maximum Videocard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

Overclocking is alive and well! PCSTATS has all the details you need to see at a glance to know how the various videocards tested perform relative to each other. The chart we've compiled below lists the highest overclocked core and memory clock speeds we were able to achieve while maintaining 100% stability. Results are grouped by GPU class, and ranked by highest memory overclock to lowest.

PCSTATS Benchmark Report Maximum Videocard Overclocking Results

Videocards

Stock Memory Stock Core Overclocked Memory
(MHz)
Overclocked Core
(MHz)
Ranking
(memory overclock)

High End Videocards

MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD 1800 560 2132 665
Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M 1600 500 2060 675
MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC 1700 575 2020 662
Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC 1800 575 2000 650
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 1600 650 1772 702
Asus EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 1550 650 1600 682
MSI NX7900GS-T2D512E-OC 1400 550 1612 675
MSI NX7900GT-VT2D256E-HD 1400 500 1527 575
Asus EN7900GT TOP/2DHT/256M/A 1440 520 1510 561
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D512E 1700 550 1819 618
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 1200 500 1480 640
Asus EAX1950Pro/HTDP/256M/A 1400 560 1485 606
Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B 1200 430 1378 507
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E 1200 430 1371 504
Albatron GeForce 7800GTX 1200 430 1347 479
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A 1000 400 1248 463
Asus EN7800GT TOP Silent/2DHTV/256M 1240 420 1240 566
MSI RX850XT-TD256E 1080 520 1215 852
MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E 1000 350 1160 416
MSI RX800XT-VTD256E 1000 500 1052 526

Mainstream Videocards

Foxconn 8600GTS-256 2016 675 2242 763
MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC 2000 700 2240 774
Albatron 8600GT-256 1400 540 1760 712
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS* 1400 400 1752 680
MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC 1600 580 1730 708
Gigabyte NX76T256D-RH Silent 1400 560 1612 628
Asus EN7600GT Silent/2DHT/256M/A 1400 560 1596 635
MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E 1400 540 1568 626
Asus EAX1600XT Silent/TVD/256M/A 1396 587 1530 691
PowerColor X1600XT Bravo 1396 587 1396 631
Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A 1040 520 1149 566
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E 1000 500 1130 563
ATi Radeon X800 XL 984 398 1113 441
Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B 990 500 1080 521
Gigabyte GV-NX66T128D 1000 500 1070 583
MSI RX800XL-VT2D256E 984 398 1068 421
PowerColor X700 Pro 864 425 1040 483
Asus Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A 900 400 1030 623
Gigabyte GV-RX800L256V 984 398 1026 421
Gigabyte GV-RX70P256V 864 420 904 491
Gigabyte GV-NX66T256DE 824 515 875 617
MSI NX6800 TD-128E 600 325 827 454

Entry Level Videocards

MSI NX8500GT-TD256E 800 450 1040 676
PowerColor X800GTO 702 398 756 438
Albatron GeForce 6600 512 500 300 550 490
PowerColor X700 532 398 532 461
Albatron PC6600LEQ 400 300 507 437

Ranked according to maximum overclocking memory result. Coming up with a criteria to rank the videocards was very difficult but we ended up ranking maximum memory speed. Memory bandwidth plays a key role in the overall performance of the videocard and realistically a GPU/VPU can never get enough no matter how it is designed. * The Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS has core and memory voltage options.

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

Filed under Mainstream Videocards, you can clearly see how the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC videocard stacks up against the rest of the field. MSI's NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC overclocks pretty well for a mainstream videocard (1730MHz memory / 708MHz GPU), especially considering it ships from the factory pre-overclocked in the first place.

A Worthy Graphics Choice?

nVIDIA's GeForce 8600 family offers a heck of a value if you're on a tight budget and want to play DirectX10 videogames.... Albeit at a lower resolution. But hey, it's better than nothing right? ;-)

Most entry level videocards claim 3D capability but often deliver sticky slow framerates. What fun is that? This card isn't going make 100FPS in every game a reality, but it will at least get you into most games with +60FPS levels. At lower resolutions both Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and FEAR both show similar results which are pretty good considering those two games are quite hard on videocards. For less demanding games like Quake 4, framerates are good even with max details turned on at 1600x1200.

More importantly the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC is able to handle the DirectX 10 games we tested with at low details and a resolution of 1024x768. It gives you an idea of what to expect from all the DirectX 10 fuss.

The MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC retails for about $144 CDN ($135 USD, £67 GBP), making it one nice videocard when you consider its cost. The videocard natively supports dual DVI outputs, TV and component output, and even HDCP.

As you witnessed in the benchmarks the 3D performance of the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC videocard was pretty good all around. It ran most games adequately at 1024x768. Higher 1600x1200 resolutions may be too much for it however, particularly if the game is rather new, so bear that in mind. On the overclocking front the pre-overclocked NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC was easily boosted to 708 MHz core and 1730 MHz memory in our tests with it.

All things considered, the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC is not the least expensive GeForce 8600GT out there, but it's certainly one of the better ones. It supports nice things like dual DVI outputs and comes pre overclocked from the factory. If you're on a tight budget this is a videocard you'll want to look into.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC
 Pg 1.  MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC Geforce 8600GT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  nVidia GeForce 8600GTS Technology
 Pg 3.  Overclocking the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC
 Pg 4.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 8.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 9.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Lost Planet
 Pg 10.  — PCSTATS Maximum Videocard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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