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MSI NX6800-TD128E SLI Review - Page 1 of 7

INTRODUCTION

MSI is excited about the potential that their NX6800-TD128E video card offers when paired in an SLI system. They claim that it outperforms a single 6800 Ultra while costing less. As of this writing, the NX6800-TD128E will only set you back around $225. Don't let these 6800s fool you; the large, solid copper cooler that MSI added to these makes for some serious overclocking.
 

If you check out the specifications listed on the MSI website, you'll see that they state the NX6800-TD128E is built on the IBM 0.13 micron process technology (NV41). I've got some good news, that is a typo. In fact, the NX6800-TD128E is built on the TSMC 0.11 micron process technology (NV42) as one would expect. This results in manufacturing cost savings over the NV41, default core clock of 325MHz, and impressive overclocking headroom as you'll soon see. The NV42 is a native PCI-Express GPU and has no BR2 bridge chip. The MSI NX6800-TD128E also does not have any external power connector.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 Support
  • OpenGL 1.5 Support
  • NVIDIA SLI Support
  • NVIDIA Intellisample 3.0 Technology
  • NVIDIA PureVideo Technology
  • NVIDIA UltraShadow II Technology
  • NVIDIA CineFX 3.0 Engine
  • NVIDIA nView Multi-Display Technology
  • NVIDIA Digital Vibrance Control 3.0 Technology
  • PCI-Express x16 (SLI)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GPU
  • Supports 128MB/256-bit Memory Bandwidth
  • 325MHz Core Clock
  • 300MHz (600MHz effective) DDR1 Memory Clock
  • DVI and TV-Out Support
  • 12 Pixel Pipeline Architecture
  • Superscalar GPU Architecture
  • Dual 400MHz RAMDACs
  • 64-bit texture filtering and blending
  • 0.11 TSMC Micron Process Technology
  • Full-Speed 32-Bit Color Precision
  • NVIDIA ForceWare Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
  • Full MPEG Support
  • Advanced adaptive de-interlacing
  • Video scaling and filtering
  • Integrated TV encoder
  • 19.2 GB/s Peak Memory Bandwidth
  • MTexel Fill Rate 3,900MT/s


TESTING CONFIGURATION

System Specifications

  • Lian Li PC-71 Full Tower
  • AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Socket 939 (Newcastle) @ default 200MHz FSB
  • MSI K8N Neo4/SLI Motherboard
  • Mushkin 1GB (512MBx2) PC-3500 Level One Dual Pack
  • SilverStone Zeus ST65ZF 650W Power Supply nVIDIA SLI Certified
  • Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 40GB 7200RPM ATA-133 Hard Disk Drive (2)
  • Hitachi CM721F CRT Monitor - 19-Inch
  • 32-Bit Color / Vsync Disabled / 85Hz Refresh Rate
  • NVIDIA ForceWare WHQL 71.89 - Quality - Default Optimization Settings
  • NVIDIA nForce AMD 6.53
  • Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
  • Single Card and SLI
  • MSI NX6800-TD128E @ default clocks (325/600) and overclocked (440/875)

BIOS Settings

  • Memory Timings 2-3-3-5
  • 200MHz Front Side Bus

Synthetic Benchmarks

  • 3DMark03 Build 3.6.0
  • 3DMark05 Build 1.2.0
  • RTHDRIBL v1.2

Games Tested

  • Doom 3 - v1.3.1302 - High Quality
  • Half-Life 2 - v1.0.1.0
RivaTuner Report

 

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