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MSI NX6800TD-128E Geforce 6800 SLI Videocard Review
MSI NX6800TD-128E Geforce 6800 SLI Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Based on the nVidia Geforce 6800 GPU, the card features 128MB of GDDR3 memory, SLI compatibility and full HDTV/S-Video/composite TV-out capabilities.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Jul 31 2005   M. Dowler  
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If you are looking for an ultra high-end video solution, there are only a couple of real choices; invest in an ATI X850-based card, a Geforce 7800GTX or an SLI-capable motherboard and a pair of 6800-class Geforce video cards.

SLI has mostly lost its novelty at this point in the game, with the focus shifting to ATI's upcoming CrossFire SLI-like solution, but, SLI technology still offers great gaming performance. It's certainly well worth your while to check out.

Over the next few pages PCSTATS will be reviewing a pair of PCI Express MSI X6800 TD-128E SLI-capable videocards in both single and SLI mode. We're going to see just what kind of performance a user can expect from these high-end cards operating in tandem. By now, most consumers should be familiar with SLI benchmarks from 6600GT mid-range nVidia cards, so let's take things up a notch!

Each of the MSI NX6800 TD-128E videocards we'll be testing are based on the nVidia Geforce 6800 GPU and sport 128MB of GDDR3 memory, SLI compatibility, full HDTV/S-Video/composite TV-out capabilities and dual-monitor support. The blue analog connection is for CRT monitors and the white DVI connector is for digital LCD displays.

MSI NX6800 TD-128E


Users Manual,Quick-start guide, Driver CD, Far-Cry game CDs, one DVI to analog converter, S-Video to S-Video cable, breakout box.

Taking the same approach as with the MSI NX6600GT-VTD128SP video card PCSTATS tested previously, MSI has eschewed the typical bundle of older games for one slightly outdated but extremely good one. In this case, each MSI NX6800 TD-128E comes bundled with a copy of Far-Cry, one of the better First Person shooters released recently. Though themed differently, it is arguably equal to both Doom 3 and Halflife 2 in terms of graphical flair and pure fun. It may lack the burnished surfaces and amazing textures seen in Chronicles of Riddick or Doom 3, but it makes up for these with miles of realistically depicted jungle, smart enemies and lots of vehicles to ride in. Far-Cry's high-end graphics settings can also put a hurting on just about any PC, making it a good partner for a fast videocard.

While the MSI NX6800 TD-128E does not include any additional software, the card does come with the necessary hardware add ons, including a DVI-to-analog converter, a breakout box with component, composite and S-video outputs and a standard S-video cable. All the above accessories are coloured a brilliant day-glo green, which may or may not appeal to you, but is certainly noticeable.

The card itself is fairly typical, reflecting the design choices that MSI has made on all of its recent video hardware. A large copper plated cast-aluminium heatsink covers both the core and the memory, while the single small fan proved to be audible, but not loud enough to stand out in a sealed computer case.

Single DVI and VGA connectors are available, as well as the port for the breakout box. For a high-end card, the NX6800 TD-128E is quite quiet, which we appreciated.

Thanks to its PCI-Express interface, the NX6800 TD-128E does not require an additional power connector, deriving all its power from the PCIe x16 slot. As you can see, the SLI connector is present on the top of the card, allowing it to be linked to other SLI-compatible video cards with a compatible motherboard.

I was glad to note that MSI ships the NX6800 TD-128E in a more reasonably sized box than those holding some of the company's other high-end cards. It seems wholly unnecessary that while most motherboards come in a cardboard box barely large enough to contain them and their accessories, video cards frequently ship with acres of surplus cardboard and plastic. MSI is by no means the only company doing this, but I think it's high time that the computer parts industry took the same responsible approach to packaging that the video game industry adopted a few years ago.

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Contents of Article: MSI NX6800TD-128E
 Pg 1.  — MSI NX6800TD-128E Geforce 6800 SLI Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking the NX6800 TD-128E
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: X2 The Threat
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 10.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 11.  Advanced Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 12.  MSI NX6800TD-128E speeds under SLI

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