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MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC 320MB Geforce 8800GTS Videocard Review

MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC 320MB Geforce 8800GTS Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC is one such graphics solution, and in typical MSI fashion the company promises that its version will be faster than the vanilla GeForce 8800GTS.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Apr 12 2007   Max Page  
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MSI's Overclocking Utilities and Company of Heros

A lot of videocard makers are pretty conservative with the tweaking software they include. Not this time, MSI has two full tweakers, a driver level version as well as its Dual CoreCenter software. Let's take a look at what's available through the drivers first.

In the VGA Information section we find useful information like the bus type of the videocard, the total video memory size, firmware revision and driver versions.

The VGA Clock section is where all the magic happens. You'll want to leave the 2D clock settings alone and focus on the 3D core clock and memory clock options if you are planning to overclock. You can adjust the core from its default 575 MHz all the way up to 1150 MHz, the memory from 1700 MHz to 2200 MHz, all in 1 MHz increments. Obviously you won't be able to run the Geforce 8800GTS at such high speeds, but it's nice to know MSI has ranges high enough to max out the videocard.

You'll also find the DOT overclocking options here as well. This is the "one-click" method of overclocking, and the different ranks related to different levels of overclocking. MSI's Dual Core Center software application arranges its tweaking options in a slightly different manner than the last screen. The choices are all pretty similar though.

You can adjust the core and memory frequencies in 1 MHz increments, but it's not as handy as using a slider. I gave up trying to find the maximum speed after 800 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory (note only scrolling, the videocard didn't actually run at that speed). The Dual CoreCenter software does not appear to support the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC's fan speed monitoring, that was a bit odd.

The MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC videocard does not support GPU or memory voltage monitoring, but you can find out the GPU temperatures which are handy. Next up, PCSTATS walks down the path of overclocking old skool style, but first a quick look at what makes the nVidia Geforce 'G80' core so darn special...

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC
 Pg 1.  MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC 320MB Geforce 8800GTS Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — MSI's Overclocking Utilities and Company of Heros
 Pg 3.  nVIDIA's G80 Graphics Core
 Pg 4.  nVIDIA PureVideo and High Definition Content
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the MSI NX8800GTS
 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.  Workhorse Graphics Card: Geforce 8800GTS

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