The test: First we look at the performance in 3dmark03:
Of the tested cards, there's no doubt about the NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC being the best. Next up is 3dmark05:
Same situation, the NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC is the best in 3dmark05 as well. The last test is 3dmark06:
In this test the NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC looses a lot of its performance difference, and MSI's own MSI NX8800GT-T2D512E-OC is very close to it. The reason for this might be the CPU.
Overclocking: Before judging the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC card we try pushing a bit more out of the already overclocked card from MSI. It wasn't possible to change the RAM frequency more than 10 MHz before the card became unstable and caused shutdowns in 3dmark06. But we managed to increase the core with about 70 MHz which also meant an increased shader frequency. With a core frequency of 800 MHz and a shader frequency of 2000 MHz, the 3dmark score for the NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC is a bit higher:
Conclusion: It is the second time in 2008 we take a look at a graphics card from MSI. Both times it has been a pleasure. Unfortunately for the NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC its little brother the MSI NX8800GT-T2D512E-OC is very close to it performance wise, and with a price difference of 700-800kr the 8800GT model from MSI is the best buy.
The MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC does have its strengths also. A good and solid bundle which contains all you need + a bit more. A really good cooler which can't be heard in normal use. Even though the dual-slot solution takes up some space, it also has the advantage of pushing all the heat from the card out of the case instead of just pushing it around in the case.
Even though the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC is pre overclocked from MSI's part, we still managed to get another 70 MHz from the core, which meant an overclock of 150 MHz compared to stock speeds. All in all the MSI NX8800GTS-T2D512E-OC is a good and solid card, and the only negative thing is the price which makes the little brother, the MSI NX8800GT-T2D512E-OC a much better buy at the moment.
Performance Low noise level Good bundle God cooler