MSI NX8600GT Twin Turbo Video Card Reviewccokeman -
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After the driver installation, there are a number of proprietary utilities you can install to get the most from the NX8600GT. The utility I choose to use is the Dual Core Center. This utility allows for low level tweaks, as well as setting up individual profiles for use along with the several that are built in. Each one has a specific set of core clocks to use for individual applications. When changing the preset profiles, MSI does offer up a few words of caution on the effects of overclocking and asks whether the user will continue. Of course I will.
Along with the preset overclocking profiles, the Dual Core Center can monitor fan speeds, voltages, temperatures and clock speeds. If the card supports the measuring of these functions, the software can be a handy tool.
By right-clicking on the desktop, the standard display properties box is accessed. But now there is a little more there than the usual. MSI's software is incorporated into the display properties window. The additional tabs are there for fine tuning the video settings. Included are tabs for the VGA information, VGA Clock, Vivid and Star OSD.
VGA Information is just what is says it is. This tab gives a bit of information about the card. The VGA Clock tab allows for the setting of GPU core and memory clockspeeds, as well as enabling another set of overclocking options with MSI's Dynamic Overclocking Technology. This allows percentage based overclocking improvements. Of course, higher rank equates to higher performance.
The last two tabs allow you to configure the parameters of the display to your individual tastes.
THe NX8600GT is configured and ready to have a go in our benchmarking suite to test its mettle against a few of the newest competitors in the 8600GT market.