This plug is used to transmit an analog SPDIF signal trough the card. A great initiative that makes Nvidia’s cards more attractive for HTPC’s. Besides the two PCI-e power connections, the 9800GTX series and the 8800GTX/Ultra cards have another thing in common.
The 9800GTX cards offer the ability to run a triple SLI setup. It is of course possible to settle with two 9800GTX cards in a SLI setup – but the possibility for triple SLI is there. On the back of the MSI N9800GTX-T2D512-OC, there’s nothing special to report.
The last thing to look at is the external connections, the MSI N9800GTX-T2D512-OC card offers.
The connections which the MSI N9800GTX-T2D512-OC card offers are pretty standard. Now that the 9xxx series provides sound and picture through an HDMI plug, one could wonder why MSI haven’t provided the MSI N9800GTX-T2D512-OC card with a HDMI plug.
The test: To test the MSI N9800GTX-T2D512-OC‘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 N9800GTX-T2D512-OC 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