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Today we have a review of MSI’s NX6600GT-TD128E, MSI’s sub $ 200 PCIe graphics card offering. We’ve already reviewed a handful of 6600GT cards, so does MSI’s card have what it takes to stick out from the pack? Come and take a closer look.

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Introduction:

Today we’re bringing you a review of MSI’s GeForce 6600GT PCIe part, the NX6600GT-TD128E. Over the last few weeks we’ve taken a look at GeForce 6600GT PCIe based offerings from XFX and Albatron, both of which performed well but lacked in either overclockability or bundle. The GeForce 6600GT is our GPU of choice for the mainstream markets, as the cards based on the GPU have dominated in most of our performance tests over the last few weeks.

MSI’s GeForce 6600GT offering comes in two flavors, the NX6600GT-TD128E, and the NX6600GT-VTD128. The only differences between the two are in price – $ 187 for the TD128E and $ 222 for the VTD128, and also in the fact that the VTD128 features VIVO capability while the TD128E doesn’t. A major selling point of the 6600GT is of course SLI capability, but we’ll be testing the NX6600GT-TD128E’s SLI performance in a separate article we’ll be posting in the next few weeks.

The card’s we’ll be testing against will include both the XFX GeForce 6600GT and the Albatron GeForce 6600GT, as well as ATI’s mainstream offering, the ATI Radeon X700 Pro. So join us as we take a look at sub $ 200 mainstream PCIe card, the NX6600GT-TD128E.

Specifications:

GPU
NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT
Processing Technology
130 nanometers
GPU Speed
500MHz
Memory
128MB DDR3
Memory Speed
500MHz (1GHz Effective)
Memory/Core Interface
128-bit
Pixel Pipelines
8
Bus
PCI Express x16
Direct X 3D Hardware
Full Direct X 9 support
Output Options
DVI / S-Video/ VGA
Maximum Resolution
2048×1536 @ 85Hz

Package Contents:

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•User Manual
•Drivers Disk
•WinDVD Creator
•XIII
•Prince of Persia
•URU
•Restore It!/Virtual Drive
•14 in 1 Game Demo Pack
•S-Video Cable
•S-Video to Component Adapter
•DVI to VGA converter

After looking at two other GeForce 6600GT offerings from XFX and Albatron, I can say with no hesitation that the MSI GeForce 6600GT has the best bundle out of the three. Included are three quality, full version games and an array of MSI made software and third party software suites that will give you the most value from the card. Also included are the cables that will help you output to a television, S-Video for standard TV’s and component for HDTV’s.