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MSI NX8600GTS Review - Page 1 of 7

INTRODUCTION

So, you want a Direct X 10 compatible video card that won't break the bank? You don't necessarily need an upper-range card to push pixels in all their screaming goodness? How about a mid-ranged card at a mid-ranged price? There will come a time when DX9 is just not enough for the latest games. The MSI NX8600GTS will allow budget gamers to break into the DX10 gaming era.

MSI NX8600GTS

The version of the card that MSI sent is the NX8600GTS OC Edition. While still working with a 128-bit memory bus and being able to pump up the clock results in a solid card may not be for the hardcore gamer, but it is definitely a card for the rest of us. Stock 8600GTS cards have a 675MHz Core Clock and a 1000MHz Memory Clock. The MSI NX8600GTS OC card runs stock at 700MHz Core Clock and 1050MHz Memory Clock.

GeForce 8600 Specifications

INSTALLATION

Installation of the card went without a hitch, as expected. When it came to the software drivers though, I had other issues. I had old versions of the MSI drivers that wouldn't uninstall when I cleaned off the drivers. Installing the regular 158.19 drivers and rebooting, I was greeted with a failure message. Those messages did not identify themselves (a message box that said 'Failed' with an OK button). It turns out they all had to do with MSI D.O.T. drivers from my 7600GT's that I didn't even know were still installed. After several frustrating hours, I finally got those cleaned off and reinstalled the 158.19 drivers. Rebooting after that didn't throw the 'Failed' message box and I was able to test without the system crashing.

Contents

TEST SYSTEM

  • Full Tower Case with Rosewill 550Watt Modular Power Supply
  • Gigabyte K8 Triton SLi Motherboard
  • AMD Athlon64 X2 4400+ Processor
  • 2GB OCZ PC3200 DDR400 RAM
  • Western Digital 250GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
  • Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum
  • Microsoft Windows XP Pro with SP2 and DirectX 9.0c

Box

3DMARK06

The MSI 8600GTS OC turns in some pretty impressive 3DMark scores. It beats my previous 7900 GS by over 500 points. With an overclock from 700/1050 to 764/1204, the 8600GTS has an increase of 390 points, a 7.2% increase over stock.

MSI 8600GTS 3DMark06

MSI 8600GTS 3DMark06 Overclocked

Next Page: Half-Life 2: Lost Coast Performance

Last Updated on May 19, 2007


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