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MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC Geforce 8600GT Videocard Review
MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC Geforce 8600GT Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Reading through the spec sheet for the nVIDIA GeForce 8600GT GPU, you might be mistaken for thinking it's a high performance graphics processor.
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Jul 12 2007   C. Sun  
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Overclocking the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC

Overclocking Results:
stock overclocked
gpu (core) speed: 580 mhz 708 mhz
memory speed: 1600 mhz 1730 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 nVIDIA GeForce 8 series videocards that have passed through the PCSTATS test labs have overclocked well. By default the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC videocard is clocked at a 580 MHz core and 1600 MHz memory.

Starting with the core first the clock speed was increased in 10 MHz increments. The GeForce 8600GT turned out to be a pretty good overclocker and easily passed 600 MHz without any issues. The core turned out to be a great overclocker as it passed 675 MHz which is the stock speed of the GeForce 8600GTS core.

The MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC core reached a maximum speed of 708 MHz, anything higher and nTune would complain about the videocard failing its driver test. A speed of 708 MHz is a very healthy overclock from 540 MHz, so it's nice to see that the GeForce 8600 class can overclock well.

The 256MB of GDDR3 memory on the MSI videocard was next.

Starting at 1400 MHz the memory frequency was increased in 20 MHz jumps, hey we're impatient. ;-) The memory handled overclocking and cracked 1600 and 1700 MHz without breaking a sweat.

The memory on the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC reached a maximum speed of 1730 MHz. Not quite GeForce 8600GTS memory levels... but then again we didn't expect that. Overall the NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC performed nicely and if you need more performance out of the videocard, overclocking is definitely something you should consider.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the MSI NX8600GT-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 8600GT 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 (AM2)

Clock Speed:

14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz



Videocard: MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC

Asus EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A
Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC
nVidia GeForce 8600GTS SLI
Gigabyte GV-NX76GT256D-RH
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS
Albatron 8600GT-256


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
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
nVIDIA Forceware 6.70
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27
ATI Catalyst 7.2


Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Doom 3
Quake 4
Call of Juarez
Lost Planet

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Contents of Article: MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC
 Pg 1.  MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC Geforce 8600GT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  nVidia GeForce 8600GTS Technology
 Pg 3.  — Overclocking the MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC
 Pg 4.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 8.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 9.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Lost Planet
 Pg 10.  PCSTATS Maximum Videocard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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