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MSI GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB - Page 1 of 6

INTRODUCTION

Micro-Star International (MSI) is a well known leader when it comes to offering the very latest computing hardware. An example of this is illustrated by MSI being one of the first vendors to offer an NVIDIA 7800GTX with 512MB (NX7800GTX-VT2D512E) of onboard memory. The standard high end of 256MB has been surpassed and there is no looking back.

As you can see from the photo above, the MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D512E will take up two PCIe slots in your system. MSI did not stray from the NVIDIA board specifications just as other vendors when dealing with initial runs. NVIDIA did a nice job, though, of coming up with a clean and appealing design overall.

There are some other substantial differences than just the doubling of onboard memory compared to the NVIDIA 7800GTX (256MB) card as shown below. The increases in the core and memory speeds (MHz) is impressive. However, this was the ceiling for my particular card with gains from overclocking attempts being very minor.

Specification Comparison

BUNDLE

Like any high-end enthusiast graphics card, the focus is not on the bundle. People in the niche market for cards in this price range likely have every game they want anyway. MSI does include Colin McRae Rally 2005, though, which is known for being a very solid rally car racing simulator. Additionally, the following MSI developed software and other useful applications are included:
  • VGA Driver
  • MSI Live Update Series ( Live VGA BIOS & Live VGA 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.
  • GoodMem
    • 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 Secure DOC
  • E-Color
  • MediaRing
  • ShowShift
  • ThinSoft Be Twin
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Norton Internet Security 2005
  • Microsoft DirectX 9.0



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Last Updated on January 16, 2006


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