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MSI NX8600GT Twin Turbo Video Card Review

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When it comes time to spend your performance dollars, how are you going to spend them? On price or performance? How about a little bit of both? The MSI NX8600GT offers both. As a midrange enthusiast card, it offers great performance and can satisfy the needs of the casual gamer as well as the workstation pro. Resolutions up to 1280x1024 were playable at the settings we used. Additional performance can be obtained at the touch of a button. Touch the button and the GPU core clock increases by 20MHz to 620 MHz. The Shader clock speeds increase from 1440MHz to 1488MHz. If using the NX8600GT in an HTPC, the use of the HDMI capabilities will pay dividends when it comes time to watch movies or game on that nice Plasma or LCD television. The only downside to this package is that the HDMI adapter was an optional piece instead of an included item.

While running through our benchmark suite, I never once heard the fan on this video card running. Again, something for everyone. The software that MSI includes are mostly helpful utilities that help monitor and overclock the video card through a more user friendly interface. If you plan on moving to Vista, the one piece you will not need is a new video card. Vista and DX10 capability have you ready for the next generation operating system. If you need a new video card that offers good performance for an affordable price, the MSI NX8600GT fits the bill.



  • Pre-overclocked Speeds
  • Price for Performance
  • Additional Core and Shader Clock Speeds When Needed
  • HDMI Support
  • Quiet Heatsink
  • Included Software Bundle
  • Vista Ready
  • DirectX 10 Capable


  • DVI to HDMI Adapter Not Included (Optional)
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