MSI NX8600GT Twin Turbo Video Card Reviewccokeman - October 30, 2007
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Removing the card from the confines of the shipping materials, the NX8600GT looks like a shortened 8800GTS. The look of the card is impressive. If looks were the sole indicator of performance, I'm sold on the NX8600GT. The heatsink is held on securely with a sturdy plastic bracket. The NX8600GT is SLI ready, all you need is another card. One thing you will not need with this video card is an external power supply connection because all of its power is supplied via the PCI-E slot on the motherboard.
The heatsink on this card appears larger than it is. The fan takes up a large portion of the room in the heatsink enclosure. The heatsink itself appears to be aluminum with a single copper heatpipe. The heatsink did keep the card cool under load and I saw idle temperatures in Twin Turbo mode of 37 degrees Celsius.
The video out connections are a single S-Video out and an exclusive feature of MSI's video cards, The Mazarine DVI output. This connection allows for using a DVI to HDMI adapter to output both high definition audio and video through a single connection. This port also allows the display of an image on a digital display up to a resolution of 1920x1200. The button with the TT on it is the Twin Turbo button. This is where the one touch overclocking of the shader and core clocks are set. The real magic happens with the activation of the second BIOS chip when this button is pushed.