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MSI Radeon RX800XL-VT2D256E Videocard Review

MSI Radeon RX800XL-VT2D256E Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The MSI RX800XL-VT2D256E uses the ATI Radeon X800XL core and is backed by 256MB of speedy Samsung GDDR 3 2ns memory.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Jul 04 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Overclocking the RX800XL-VT2D256E

Thanks to its PCI-Express interface, the RX800XL-VT2D256E does not require an additional power connector, deriving all its power from the PCIe x16 slot.

MSI has made a point out of increasing the 'wow' value of their high-end videocards, and the RX800XL-VT2D256E continues this trend. The card ships in a rather large box, and comes with a generous hardware and software bundle.

Three full-versions games are included: Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, XIII and URU: Ages Beyond Myst. Some utilities and DVD creation tools courtesy of Cyberlink are also tossed in.
Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 398MHz 421MHz
Memory Speed: 492MHz 534MHz

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
Included hardware comprises a lime-green S-Video cable and a bright red breakout box with s-video and component outputs as well as composite and S-video inputs.

A single(!) DVI-to-analog converter is included. MSI does not include component cables, but as quality ones would drive up the price of the card considerably, we can understand why.

With its slightly loud heatsink, we were hoping for good overclocking results from the RX800XL-VT2D256E, at least where the core was concerned. We generally know what to expect from the Samsung GDDR3 memory.

The MSI RX800XL-VT2D256E card proved to be only a fair overclocker. we managed to boost core speeds to 421MHz from the stock 398MHz, while the memory was slightly more cooperative, going to 534MHz from 492MHz, more or less what we expected, but a bit disappointing all the same.

PCStats Test System Specs:

AMD Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed: 12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4-SLI)
Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 (NF3 Ultra)


Gigabyte GV-RX80L256V
PowerColor X700 PRO
ATi Radeon X800 XL
MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E
Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP
MSI NX6600GT-TD128
Albatron Trinity PC6600
Asus Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A
Gigabyte GV-3D1 (Single Mode)
Gigabyte GV-3D1 (SLI Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (Single Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (SLI Mode)
PowerColor Bravo X700


2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 L2 V2

Hard Drive: 74GB WD Raptor 10k RPM SATA HDD
CDROM: AOpen 52x Combo
PowerSupply: Seasonic Super Tornado 400W
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Catalyst 4.12
Detonator 66.93


Gun Metal 2
X2 The Threat

AA Test, AF and AA+AF Test

The AGP and PCI-E systems use a different motherboard but results are shown for reference.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer RX800XL-VT2D256E
 Pg 1.  MSI Radeon RX800XL-VT2D256E Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking the RX800XL-VT2D256E
 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

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