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MSI NX6200TC-TD32E Geforce 6200TC Videocard Review
MSI NX6200TC-TD32E Geforce 6200TC Videocard Review - PCSTATS
The class of entry-level nVidia GeForce 6200 TC (Turbo Cache) graphics processors work in a similar fashion to an integrated videocard.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Jun 16 2005   C. Sun  
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Economical for Casual Gamers

To be frank, PC gaming is expensive and anyone who says you can build a fast gaming rig for "cheap" is not telling you the whole truth. Those of you who are thinking about getting into gaming can take your first baby steps with something like the MSI NX6200TC-TD32E though. It can't play at high resolutions or utilize AA/AF, but it does allow users to experience all the DirectX 9 and SM 3.0 eye-candy, something that would have been unthinkable only a generation ago.

With a retail price of just $92 CDN ($73 US), the MSI NX6200TC-TD32E is the perfect videocard for beginners and does not require a large monetary investment. Despite the low price, MSI does a good job at including pretty much all the necessary hardware, allowing users to take advantage of the TV/Component output and dual-monitor capabilities of the card.

The GeForce 6200 with TurboCache is the first video core on the market that can store data on system memory and use it as a frame buffer for graphics. While it's not as fast as onboard local memory, it does help save costs and we haven't seen competent entry level cards this cheap in a long time.

Keeping in mind the MSI's NX6200TC-TD32E's intended audience, I'd say the card performed pretty well. In most of the benchmarks we threw at it, the card provided acceptable framerates at 1024x768, meaning that lower resolutions will perform better still. Overclocking gave the NX6200TC-TD32E a decent boost in performance, most noticeably in Doom 3 and UT2003 at low resolutions. Because of its design, AA and AF is simply too much for a GeForce 6200TC card to handle.

It's nice to see nVIDIA being innovative instead of simply following the status quo. The MSI NX6200TC-TD32E is a great first card for those looking for a way to get into PC gaming without a major investment.

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Contents of Article: MSI NX6200TC-TD32E
 Pg 1.  MSI NX6200TC-TD32E Geforce 6200TC Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  nVidia Turbo Cache Explained
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 10.  — Economical for Casual Gamers

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