The product: If the card doesn’t get the correct power, the malfunctioning power connecter will light up in a red color, and the card will not boot. Next to the power connecters, we find the connection for the analog SPDIF signal.
The MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G cards cooler is – almost as expected – a large dual slot cool, that transfers a lot of the heat out of the case. The MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G offers 2 DVI connections and an HDMI connection.
The last thing to look at is the physical size of the card. The MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G card is big and heavy. Here it’s seen next to a 9800GTX.
Before throwing ourselves into the test of the MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G card, there’s one last thing that deserves a comment – the power connecters. It’s very difficult to get the 2 power connections fitted properly in the MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G card, and the easiest solution was to connect them before the card was installed on the motherboard – this must be possible to do in an easier way.
The test: To test the MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G ‘s performance, we’ll use a number of benchmarks and games. 3dmark06 and 3dmark05 has been used, as well as the games Call of Juarez and Knights of the sea – both DX10 games.
In 3dmark06 and the two games, the MSI N9800GX2-M2D1G card will be tested in different resolutions and detail. We’ve chosen to test the card in the following setups.
• 1280*1024 – 0xAA • 1680*1050 – 0xAA • 1680*1050 – 8xAA (CoJ dog kun 4xAA)
This way, the cards ability to handle high resolutions and many details will be tested. The card is tested in a system with the following parts.
• Asus P5K-E • Intel Core2Duo E6600 @ 3600MHz • 2 stk. Corsair CMX21024-6400C4 • 2 stk. WD 2500KS • Corsair HX620W • Windows Vista 64 bit
The CPU has been overclocked to avoid it being a bottleneck and thereby hold the graphics card back.
The first test is the cards performance in the benchmark software 3dmark05. The test was done at default settings.