Today we bring you a review of MSI’s latest NVIDIA based offering on the PCI Express platform, the MSI PCX 5750. Based on the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra GPU, will the PCX 5750 be the card to own in the mid-ranged PCI Express graphics card market?

Introduction:

2004 will be remembered as a huge year of transition in the computer industry. New technologies, namely PCI Express and DDR2 have recently been introduced into the market through Intel’s product launch of the 925X and 915 chipsets. We’re already seeing quite a few companies come out with their own PCI Express solutions, Albatron is one we’ve taken a look at here.

The problem that we saw with Albatron’s GeForce PCX 5750 graphics card was what we saw throughout 2003 with the GeForce FX product series, poor Direct X 9.0 performance. The Radeon 9600 Pro and later the Radeon 9600XT dominated the mid-ranged markets throughout last year and even to present day, so it will be interesting to see what MSI will do with their PCX 5750 part to differentiate themselves from the rest of NVIDIA’s board partners, as well as convince consumers interested in PCI Express graphics cards that their PCX 5750 card is the way to go.

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the MSI PCX 5750 and comparing it to Albatron’s mid-ranged PCI Express offering as well as the ATI Radeon X600 XT.

Specifications:

GPU
GeForce PCX 5750
Processing Technology
130 nanometers
GPU Speed
425MHz
Memory
128MB
Memory Speed
500MHz
Memory/Core Interface
128-bit
Pixel Pipelines
4
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:

•User Manual
•Drivers Disk
•MSI Games Collection
•MSI 3D Desktop
•MSI Media Center Deluxe II
•Adobe Photoshop Album & 3D-Album
•Restore IT & VirtualDrive Professional
•InterVideo WinDVD 5.1 & WinDVD Creator Plus
•Prince of Persia – Sands of Time
•URU – Ages Beyond Myst
•XIII
•S-Video Cable
•RCA Cable
•DVI to VGA Adapter
•S-Video to RCA Adapter

As you can see, the bundle that is included with the MSI PCX 5750 is just huge. MSI is definitely going after a segment Albatron ignored with their version of the 5750, a market that as you can see from the picture above is all about bundles. MSI threw two recent and very popular games in the bundle, a handful of great utilities, and of course their own software with the PCX 5750. This is by far the best bundle I’ve seen from any company producing PCX 5750 cards.