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MSI RX2600XT Diamond Radeon HD 2600XT Videocard Review

MSI RX2600XT Diamond Radeon HD 2600XT Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: AMD's Radeon HD 2900XT is a worthy competitor to nVIDIA's GeForce 8800GTX, but it's in the entry level and mainstream markets where AMD must go head to head against nVIDIA.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer Oct 22 2007   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > MSI Computer RX2600XT Diamond

MSI Mazarine - HDMI with Audio!

As you can see the MSI RX2600XT Diamond is a long videocard. It's 230 mm in length and MSI installs a rather large dual slot cooler to keep the Radeon HD 2600XT core temperatures down without generating excessive noise. Even with the large cooler the MSI RX2600XT Diamond is pretty light, and not something you have to remove from the computer when transporting to a LAN party.

Interestingly enough, MSI has chosen not to cool the memory on the back of the videocard. The memory on the front has its own dedicated heatsink. It's not that big a deal though, GDDR4 runs fairly cool, and during PCSTATS testing the Samsung BGA DRAM was only moderately warm to the touch. The 70mm fan is temperature controlled, so when it's installed into a case it will not be audibly noticeable.

One thing you may have noticed about the MSI RX2600XT Diamond videocard are that its DVI connectors are coloured blue. It's what MSI calls 'Mazarine DVI' and that means that the DVI port can output video signals up to 1920 x 1200 as well as digital audio when used with the supplied DVI-to-HDMI adaptor!

This is accomplished without connecting the videocard to an internal SPDIF audio jumper on the motherboard. The MSI RX2600XT has a built in audio codec which permits it to handle the audio stream, as opposed to Nvidia's solution which does not. This is significant because up until now all computer DVI-to-HDMI converters only supported video output. Even at this time there is no nVIDIA alternative that is like MSI's Mazarine.

With the MSI RX2600XT and its proprietory Mazarine DVI-to-HDMI adaptor, you get both digital video and audio transmitted over the HDMI cable from the computer to your home theatre display. That cuts down on unnecessary cabling (both to the TV and within the computer) and makes set up much simpler. And I bet you thought it was just a blue DVI connector!

Time to check out the Radeon HD 2600XT's capabilities...

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer RX2600XT Diamond
 Pg 1.  MSI RX2600XT Diamond Radeon HD 2600XT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — MSI Mazarine - HDMI with Audio!
 Pg 3.  AMD CrossFire Radeon 2600XT Core
 Pg 4.  Overclocking Radeon HD 2600XT
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 8.  Videocard Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 9.  Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 11.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Lost Planet
 Pg 12.  High Definition Testing and Conclusions

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