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MSI NX8500GT-TD256E Geforce 8500GT Videocard Review
MSI NX8500GT-TD256E Geforce 8500GT Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Even if you're only a casual gamer, a DirectX 10 videocard gives you access to a lot of the eyecandy in the latest game titles, and that's not always so with a DirectX 9.0C videocard.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Jun 25 2007   C. Sun  
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Entry Level DirectX 10 Gaming?

If you're planning on upgrading to Microsoft Windows Vista take a bit more time when searching for a videocard and get something that's based around DirectX 10.

While it is true all you need is DirectX 9.0C to technically run Vista's AeroGlass feature, a DirectX 10 videocard will give you the ability to try out the latest games.

The PCI Express x16 MSI NX8500GT-TD256E videocard is a prime example of value in an entry level part, and with a retail price of $93 CDN ($86 USD, £43 GBP) you're getting one heck of a value videocard.

The MSI NX8500GT-TD256E uses nVIDIA's GeForce 8500GT GPU and comes with 256MB of GDDR2 memory. Other goodies the videocard supports are dual monitors, TV/Component output and HDCP so you can watch those encrypted HD-DVD and Blu-Ray movies. You don't get any software with the videocard.

I have to say it was a pleasant surprise to see just how well the MSI NX8500GT-TD256E performed in the benchmarks. The little videocard is not going to set any speed records, but considering its price the NX8500GT-TD256E performed fairly well for its GPU class. It can handle most games at a reasonable framerate, with a resolution of 1024x768. Turning on AA or AF or increasing the resolution though will be too much for this particular videocard.

The MSI NX8500GT-TD256E was pretty good at overclocking. The G86 core went from a stock speed of 450 MHz to 676 MHz and the GDDR2 memory went from 800 MHz to 1040 MHz. Overclocking boosted overall framerates slightly, so if you find gaming too slow overclocking may help ease the burden.

Considering the intended market and user, the MSI NX8500GT-TD256E videocard truly delivers a good performance. It has a bit of everything packaged into a small and inexpensive videocard, and in terms of value you can't beat that.

PCSTATS Best Value Award

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Contents of Article: MSI NX8500GT-TD256E
 Pg 1.  MSI NX8500GT-TD256E Geforce 8500GT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  nVidia GeForce 8500GT Technology
 Pg 3.  Overclocking the MSI NX8500GT-TD256E
 Pg 4.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 8.  — Entry Level DirectX 10 Gaming?

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