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MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC GeForce 8600GTS Videocard Review
MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC GeForce 8600GTS Videocard Review - PCSTATS
MSI's NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC videocard is based on the new nVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS core. The card packs in a modest 256MB of GDDR3 memory.
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Videocard Power Consumption Measurements

Did you know that it's possible for a videocard GPU under load to suck up more power than the CPU draws? It can happen, particularly with those pesky high end GPUs. The question PCSTATS is interested in today is how much juice the nVidia G84 core draws. This GPU is built on TSMC's 80nm technology, and while we have no way of measuring directly how much power the MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC uses, PCSTATS can measure total system power draw. We can take those results and compare the same basic installation with a couple different videocards to get a rough idea of how power consumption fluctuates for each specific videocard.

The test system will consist of an AMD Athlon64 FX-62, Asus M2-CROSSHAIR motherboard, a reference Athlon64 FX-62 cooler, 2GB of Corsair's sweet but EOL'd way too early Twin2X2048-6400C3 memory, a 74GB WD Raptor SATA hard drive, an 8x Gigabyte DVD writer and a floppy drive. The Power supply used here is nice little A-PFC compliant Seasonic S12-600W model.

The videocards to be compared against the MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC come from both the nVIDIA and ATi camps. Representing nVIDIA are the MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD (GeForce 8800GTX), Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC, MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE (GeForce 7950GX2), a MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E (GeForce 7900GTX) and a Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH (GeForce 7600GT) videocard. Representing ATi are an Asus X1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A (Radeon X1900 XTX) and an Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A (Radeon X1950 Pro) videocard.

Let's have a look now at the results, just remember the Watts value is total system power draw. Lower numbers are best.

videocardPCSTATS Benchmark ReportPower Consumption on Total System Power Draw Tests
Idle: Watts* Ranking
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD 196
Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC 171
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 183
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 165
Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH 140
Asus EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 160
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 150
MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC 127
MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC (774/2240) 131
Load: Watts* Ranking
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD 345
Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC 302
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 315
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 277
Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH 213
Asus EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 333
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 252
MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC 226
MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC (774/2240) 239

[ *This figure represents total system power consumption in Watts, either with the system at idle, or the peak value recorded while running 3DMark06. ]

The MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC is the most efficient videocard at idle, with the system drawing just 127W of power. It beats out the Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH (GeForce 7600GT) by 13W, and that's an older videocard. Power usage didn't go down by much on the whole, but at least it didn't follow the trend of high end cards by going up with the new generation. When overclocked the total system power draw rises by 4W.

With the computer system under load and the MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC crunching some heavy-duty 3D graphics, the PC consumes 226W of power. This is slightly more than the previous generation GeForce 7600GT drew. On the grand scheme of things it's still quite low, but ATi and nVIDIA really need to cut power consumption in videocards even further. When PCSTATS overclockes the MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC, the power consumption rises by 13W. Still, on the whole total system power draw remains at decent levels.

Next up, PCSTATS answers that question you've been waiting to find out.... overclocking an 8600GTS, just how fast does it go?

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Contents of Article: MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC
 Pg 1.  MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC GeForce 8600GTS Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  nVidia's G84 Core, DirectX 10 and Windows Vista
 Pg 3.  nVidia G84 Core & Low Noise Videocard Cooling
 Pg 4.  — Videocard Power Consumption Measurements
 Pg 5.  Geforce 8600GTS Overclocking Hype: Right or Wrong?
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 8.  Videocard Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 9.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 10.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 11.  Meet the G84 - Geforce 8600GTS from nVidia

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