Specifications: Let's have a look at the specifications for the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC. The MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC is based on Nvidia's newest G92 core, and promises better performance as well as less power consumption. The specifications for the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC are:
As mentioned before the MSI card is pre overclocked which means that the frequency has been increased on both core and shader, compared to stock frequencies. The core has been increased from 650 MHz to 730 MHz, and the shader frequency has been increased from 1625 MHz to 1825Mhz.
Just like all other new Nvidia graphics cards, it is possible to connect the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC with an identical card, and use the advantages of SLI.
The MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC supports, as mentioned on the specifications list, the new PCI-E 2.0 standard, which has a bigger bandwidth, and delivers more power to the card, compared to PCI-E 1. Just like the rest of Nvidia's 8xxx series, the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC is also DX10 compatible.
Using the bundled cables, it is possible to send HD signals directly to your TV, if the TV supports the format. All in all the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC's features and specifications looks promising.
The product: It's time to look at the construction and design of the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC card. At first sight it looks a lot like the card it's replacing (the 8800GTS G80).
The length is almost the same, and both cards uses dual slot cooling. The MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC is 1-2cm longer than the 8800GTS (G80) card, and the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC's cooler covers the entire print layout, which you should be aware of.
On my Asus P5K-E the coolers size meant that I had to use 90 degree SATA cables to be able to use 4 of the 6 SATA ports available. The entire top of the card is dominated by the cooler.