The product: There's nothing special on the backside. All the 512Mb RAM is on the top of the card, cooled by the big cooler.
Just like other high-end graphics cards, the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC uses more power than the PCI-E socket can deliver. The extra effect is delivered trough a 6 pin PCI-E plug which all newer power supplies have. The power connector is located on the back of the card.
Removing the card we see the G92 core, and the 8 RAM circuits that have been placed around the core. Together they provide 512Mb of GDRR3 RAM.
The last thing we need to look at before testing the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC is the coolers design. As mentioned before, it's a dual-slot cooler. The cooler itself is made from cobber and aluminium, and uses heat pipes. The cooler touches all RAM circuits and the core.
With the G80 based 8800 series, Nvidia showed that they could make a low noise cooler, and the cooler on the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC is very much like the old done. So we expect a low noise level.
The test: To test the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC we've used 3dmark06, 3dmark05 and 3dmark03 - all at default settings. All cards have been tested in a setup with the following:
• Asus P5K-E • Intel Core2Duo E6600 • 2 stk. Corsair CMX21024-6400C4 • 2 stk. WD 2500KS • Corsair HX620W • Windows Vista 64 bit