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MSI RX2600XT Diamond Radeon HD 2600XT Videocard Review

MSI RX2600XT Diamond Radeon HD 2600XT Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: AMD's Radeon HD 2900XT is a worthy competitor to nVIDIA's GeForce 8800GTX, but it's in the entry level and mainstream markets where AMD must go head to head against nVIDIA.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Oct 22 2007   Max Page  
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Overclocking Radeon HD 2600XT

We've had quite a bit of luck overclocking AMD GPUs, but that was definitely not the case with the MSI RX2600XT Diamond. For some reason (perhaps lack of power?) this AMD Radeon HD 2600XT based videocard overclocked very poorly. In fact, increasing the core or memory speed a couple of MHz caused the system to lock up while running benchmarks. Not a good showing.

On the whole, this seems to be a problem with the Radeon HD 2600XT line, and not isolated to the MSI RX2600XT Diamond videocard. That MSI was able to pre-overclock the videocard slightly from stock is already quite an achievement. It's just a shame we weren't able to push things any further because up until now, AMD GPUs have been good overclockers.

For obvious reasons, no overclocked benchmarks of the MSI RX2600XT Diamond videocard will be included.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the MSI RX2600XT Diamond videocard 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 AMD Radeon HD 2600XT 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)
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme Crossfire Xpress 3200 (CF3200)

Videocard: MSI RX2600XT Diamond

Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT
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
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
nVIDIA Forceware 6.70
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27
ATI Catalyst 7.9

Benchmarks:

3DMark05
3DMark06
FarCry
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Doom 3
Quake 4
FEAR
Call of Juarez (DirectX10)
Lost Planet (DirectX10)

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer RX2600XT Diamond
 Pg 1.  MSI RX2600XT Diamond Radeon HD 2600XT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  MSI Mazarine - HDMI with Audio!
 Pg 3.  AMD CrossFire Radeon 2600XT Core
 Pg 4.  — Overclocking Radeon HD 2600XT
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 8.  Videocard Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 9.  Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 11.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Lost Planet
 Pg 12.  High Definition Testing and Conclusions

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