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MSI NX8600GT Twin Turbo Video Card Review

ccokeman    -   October 30, 2007
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Specifications:

 

Graphics Bus Technology:

PCI Express
Core Clock (MHz)
600/620
Shader Clock
1440/1488
Memory Clock (MHz):
1600/1600
Memory Amount:
256MB DDR3
Memory Interface:
128-bit
Memory Bandwidth
22.4

Fill Rate (Billion pixels/sec)

8.64
RAMDACs (MHz):
400
Display Output:
 
Dual Link DVI
Support 2560x1600
Dual Display
Support Dual DVI-I or S-Video + DVI-I
Single Link Display
(Analog) Support 1900x1200 60Hz
(Digital) 2048x1536 75HZ

 

Features:

  • HDMI with Audio Integration Solution (Optional)   The NVIDIA® GeForce® 8 Series graphics card supports HDMI with audio integration solution. With a DVI-to-HDMI adapter and an extra signal cord through the bracket, audio source from sound card(S/PDIF) can be integrated into HDMI interface by simply plugging the cord into the pinhead located on graphics card. Only 1 single HDMI cable is required while streaming audio/video data to flat-panel display devices, such as Plasma/LCD TVs, or projector.
  • NVIDIA CineFX 5.0 Shading Architecture
          • Microsoft Vista Features
    Vertex shaders
    - Support for Microsoft DirectX 10.0 Vertex Shader 4.0
    - Encompass' Transform and Lighting
    - Displacement mapping
    - Geometry instancing
    • Pixel shades
    - Support for DirectX 10.0 Pixel Shader 4.0
    - Support for full pixel branching
    - Support for Multiple Render Targets (MRTs)
    - Infinite-length pixel programs
    • Next-generation texture engine
    • Full 128-bit studio-quality floating point precision through the entire rendering pipeline,with native hardware support for 32 bpp,64 bpp,and 128 bpp rendering modes.
  •  64-Bit Texture Filtering and Blending
          • Full floating point is supported throughout entire pipeline
    • Floating point filtering improves the quality of images in motion
    • Floating point texturing drivers new levels of clarity and image detail
    • Floating point frame buffer blending gives detail to special effects like motion blur and explosions
  • NVIDIA Intellisample 4.0 Technology
          • Advanced 16X anisotropic filtering (up to 128 taps)
    • Rotated-grid antialiasing for removing jagged edges for incredible edge quality
    • Support for advanced lossless compression algorithms for color, texture,and z-data at higher resolutions and frame retes
    • Fast z-clear
    • Support for normal map compression
    • New transparent supersampling and transparent multisampling antialiasing modes.
  • NVIDIA UltraShadow II Technology
          • Designed to enhance the performance of shadow-intensive games,like id Software's Doom 3
  • NVIDIA SLI Technology
          • Patented hardware and software technology allows two GPUs to run in parallel to scale performance
    • Scales performance on over 60 top PC games and applications
    • Support for NVIDIA nView multi-display for scalable performance across two displays.
  • NVIDIA PureVideo Technology
          • Patented hardware and software technology allows two GPUs to run in parallel to scale performance
    • Three dedicated video engines
    • MPEG-2 HD and WMV HD video playback up to 1920 X1080p resolution
    • H 264 hardware decode acceleration
    • Decryption supported for all standard HD Video formats-AES-128 CTR mode,AES-128 CBC mode,and AES-128 ECB mode.
    • Industry's most advanced video algorithms
    • Overlay color temperature correction
    • Microsoft Video Mixing Renderer (VMR) support for multiple video windows with full video quality and features in each window
    • Integrated HDTV output.
  • NVIDIA Digital Vibrance Control (DVC) 3.0 Technology
          • DVC color controls
    • DVC image sharpening controls
  • API Support
          • Complete DirectX support,including the latest version of Microsoft DirectX 10.0 Shader Model 3.0
    • Full OpenGL support,including OpenGL 2.0
  • MSI Bundled Sftware  
  •    VGA Driver
    •     MSI Live Update Series ( Live Graphics Card BIOS & Live Graphics Card Driver)
    -     Automatically online download & update VGA BIOS & Drivers, reduce the risk of getting the wrong files, and never have the trouble on web site searching.
    •     StarOSD NEW!
          StarOSD can monitor system information, adjust monitor figuration, and overclock system.
    •     Dual Core Center NEW!
    •     GoodMen
          Automatically release the system memory space, reduce the risk of system hang-up.
    •     LockBox
    -     Instantly enter the data lock mode when you must leave your system for a while.
    •     WMIinfor
    -     Automatically list the detail system configuration, it helpful for engineering service people.
    •     MSI VIVID NEW!
    -     Vivid brings the easiest way to optimize graphic quality. Colorize your vision when browsing photos!!! Sharpen characters edge! Enhance contrast when playing game!
    •     MSI Live 
    -     Including all real time life information you need, such as Live MSI Product News, Live Daily Information, Live Personal Schedule Manager, Live Search and more.
    •     MSI Secure DOC
    •     E-Color
    •     MediaRing
    •     ShowShift
    •     ThinSoft Be Twin
    •     Adobe Acrobat Reader
    •     Norton Internet Security 2005
    •     Microsoft® DirectX 9.0c
        



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation
  4. Configuration
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing ( Setup,Benchmark FarCry)
  7. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  8. Benchmark:BioShock
  9. Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
  10. Benchmark: Quake 4
  11. Benchmark: NFS: Most Wanted
  12. Benchmark: 3D Mark 06
  13. Benchmark: RyderMark
  14. Conclusion
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