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MSI NX7800GTX SLI Review - Page 14 of 14

GAME PLAY PERFORMANCE

Game play testing gives the reviewer an opportunity to develop a feel for the graphics card under game play conditions. The beta 78.03 ForceWare driver that NVIDIA released on the Friday before this review was published was used.

During game play testing, sound is enabled while a portion of the game is played with Fraps collecting frame rate data in the background. A Sound Blaster Audigy 2 was used and in all cases, the highest quality in-game sound was enabled, which includes hardware mixing and environmental audio effects when available. All in-game graphics options were also set to their highest quality.

Game Play Results

Here are a few 1024x768 screen shots from the various levels that were tested.

Game Play Screenshots
Dungeon Siege 2
Brothers in Arms
F.E.A.R. Demo
Guild Wars
Vampire - The Masquerade Bloodlines
World of Warcraft




Click Images to Enlarge

The following thumbnails contain links to 2048x1536 with 4X AA screenshots from Half-Life 2.

Half-Life 2 Screenshots
Click Images to Enlarge

GPU Temperature

The temperature of the lead GPU was recorded using the nV Monitor component from NVIDIA's nTune.The following reading is with the system idle and the room temperature at a chilly 17° C (63° F).

nV Monitor

Temperatures were then recorded while executing masa's Real-Time High Dynamic Range Image-Based Lighting demo, or rthdribl, in a 1024x768 window with 16X AA enabled.

One test (red line) was conducted with the room temperature at 24° C (75° F) while a second test (blue line) was run with the room temperature at 17° C (63° F).

GPU Temperature Results

CONCLUSION

Having used MSI's NX7800GTX in an SLI configuration during the course of this review has been a pleasure. Although SLI offers significant increases in performance, it also provides greater flexibility in the settings that can be used when playing your favorite games. For example, with SLI, 4X AA becomes practical at resolutions beyond 1600x1200, 8XS AA can be used at 1600x1200, and 8X and 16X SLI AA perform well at 1024x768.


Tempted? The lowest price we found at PriceGrabber is 

However, it also takes quality software to make a product shine. With the control panel and texture filtering improvments that NVIDIA is delivering in the ForceWare drivers for the GeForce 7 Series, I am proud to give MSI's NX7800GTX SLI our Grand Slam Hardware award.

Feel free to discuss this review in this forum thread.

CHANGE LOG

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

  • September 10, 2005 - Page 1: Mentioned that MSI's K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI has two PCI-Express 16X slots.


  • September 10, 2005 - Page 2: Replaced photograph of the retail graphics card.


  • September 10, 2005 - Page 13: Added a picture of a retail graphics card and added a link to the lowest price at PriceGrabber.


  • September 13, 2005 - Page 13: Added gameplay benchmark results and screenshots from Half-Life 2.


  • September 16, 2005 - Page 11: Added benchmarks for The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth.


  • September 29, 2005 - Page 14: Added GPU temperature test results.

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Last Updated on September 29, 2005


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