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MSI NX6800-TD128E SLI Review - Page 7 of 7

CONCLUSION

The MSI NX6800-TD128E is actually quite an impressive card. In SLI, these cards maintained impressive average framerates across all benches @ 1600x1200 4xAA/8xAF. For Half-Life 2 the average was 38 frames per second and 44 frames per second when overclocked. For Doom 3 those averages were 36 and 45 frames per second respectively.

The exceptional solid copper heat sink that covers the GPU and memory make for an excellent overclocker. The fact that it can exceed the 350MHz default core clock of a 6800GT by 90MHz (440MHz) is impressive. And the memory performs admirably by coming close to reaching its 900MHz theoretical limit. Remember, all of this overclocking success was done on the default cooling as well. No Arctic Silver 5 was applied. The standard thermal tape pads is all that was between the memory and the heat sink.
 

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I didn't really focus much on temperatures as these PCI-Express cards generally run at great temperatures anyway. I did make note that a single card idled in Windows at 39°C GPU and 31°C card ambient. Under load, the single card reached 55°C/38°C.

For SLI, the first card was 45°C/33°C and the second was 40°C/30°C at idle. Under load, the SLI first card was 60°C/40°C and the second was 55°C/36°C.

These cards really do shine in an SLI setup at their price point and will definitely give a 6800 Ultra PCI-E a run for its money. So, for some of you that don't have $600 lying around for a 7800GTX, two MSI NX6800-TD128E cards might be a viable alternative and one that won't disappoint for all but the more high-end enthusiasts.

PROS

  • Excellent overclocking ability
  • Huge solid copper heat sink covering GPU and memory
  • No external power requirements
  • Single slot design
  • Decent bundle
  • Great price-to-performance ratio
  • Excellent build quality

CONS

  • Not packed in anti-static bag
  • Thermal pad tape for memory contact

We have three award levels from good to best: base hit, home run, and grand slam. So, what did the MSI NX6800-TD128E get? The inaugural nV News Grand Slam Hardware award of course!

Please feel free to discuss this review in our feedback forum.

CHANGE LOG
The following is a list of changes that have been made to this review since it was originally published:

  • June 28, 2005 - Page 7: Updated with our new hardware review award.

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