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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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External Mfg. Website: MSI Apr 19 2007   C. Sun  
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Geforce 8600GTS Overclocking Hype: Right or Wrong?

Overclocking Results:
stock overclocked
gpu (core) speed: 700 mhz 774 mhz
memory speed: 2000 mhz 2240 mhz
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

The MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC videocard comes from the factory overclocked to a speed of 700 MHz core and 2100 MHz memory. With that large heatsink though you know the NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC is begging to be pushed even further. ;-) Starting with the core, first let's see if PCSTATS can squeeze even more out of it.

The MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC core speed was increased ~7 MHz at a time using nVIDIA's nTune software. The GeForce 8600GTS core handled the higher loads very well and temperatures did not increase much thanks to the efficient heatsink selected by MSI. The G84 core peaked at a top speed of 774 MHz, and unfortunately anything higher caused nTune to complain the videocard failed its internal driver test.

Next up was the 256MB of GDDR3 memory. Humming along at a smooth 2.1 GHz, the memory is already pretty heavily overclocked. This time around clock speeds were increased in ~20 MHz steps. The memory easily reached 2.2 GHz which is a very nice overclock.

The memory didn't go much further though, it stopped dead at 2.24 GHz. Interestingly enough, nTune would not complain but the videocard did lock up during benchmarks and game tests.

The GeForce 8600GTS core and memory had no problems running at maximum clock speed together.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC 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 nVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 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

amd Athlon64 FX-62

Clock Speed:

14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz



Videocard: MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC

Asus EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A
Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC
Gigabyte GV-NX76GT256D-RH
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS


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
nVIDIA Forceware 6.70
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27
ATI Catalyst 7.2


Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Doom 3
Quake 4

AA+AF Benchmarks
Doom 3

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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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