NVIDIA created a ton of buzz in the gaming community when it first introduced SLI. That buzz quickly gave way to a huge success, and the buzz and success really haven't diminished since. In fact, the birth of Quad SLI has only reinvigorated the buzz. Quad SLI is currently possible thanks to NVIDIA's GeForce 7950 GX2 video card. A 7950 GX2 is a single card that features two G71 GPUs. This means that you can run pseudo-SLI in a single PCI Express x16 (or x8) slot and essentially enjoy the benefits of SLI on some non-SLI capable motherboard (as long as the motherboard's BIOS has been updated to provide support for the 7950 GX2).
We finally have another retail 7950 GX2 in the HotHardware labs, and it comes from MSI. Rather than just call it the "MSI GeForce 7950 GX2," MSI opted to call it the NX7950GX2-T2D1GE. Like other 7950 GX2s, this bad boy features 1GB of fast DDR3 memory and a 512-bit memory interface. The GPU and memory clocks are the same as the NVIDIA reference card speeds (500MHz and 1.2GHz, respectively). So let's jump right in and see how the NX7950GX2-T2D1GE performs.
Support Memory: 1GB DDR3
Video Output Function
- TV-out (S-Video Connector)
- Dual DVI Connector
512-Bit Memory Interface
MSI Vivid Video Technology
- Vivid brings the easiest way to optimize graphic quality.
- Colorize your vision when browsing digital photos!!!
- Sharpen characters' edges!!!
- Enhance contrast when playing games!!!
NVIDIA CineFX 4.0 Shading Architecture
Next-Generation Texture Engine
64-Bit Texture Filtering and Blending
NVIDIA Intellisample 4.0 Technology
NVIDIA Digital Vibrance Control (DVC) 3.0 Technology
NVIDIA SLI Technology
NVIDIA UltraShadow II Technology
NVIDIA PureVideo Technology
Composited Desktop Hardware Engine
Advanced Display Functionality
- A compatible PCI Express motherboard and SBIOS. Please visit www.nvidia.com/GX2 for a list of compatible motherboards and SBIOS.
- A 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector.
- A minimum recommended 400W system power supply (with 12V current rating of 27A).
The MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE is packaged in a blue and white box that features an angelic female and boasts the card's features and specifications. The box also includes a handle for easy transportation of the package.
The NX7950GX2 rests snugly surrounded by sturdy styrofoam. Our sample arrived without a problem, so we believe the packaging is adequate. Inside the package, MSI includes a plethora of accessories and software. The accessories include a TV-out cable (S-video and component supported), two DVI-to-VGA adapters, an S-video cable, a Y-power cable, a Quick Installation Guide, and a Quick User's Guide. The software includes a full game (King Kong - The Official Game of the Movie) and a bunch of utilities, which you can find listed below. Overall, it's a decent bundle, but we would like to see a newer game included.
|MSI developed software|
|.||MSI Live Update Series ( Live VGA BIOS & Live VGA Driver)|
|-||Automatically online download & update VGA BIOS & Drivers, reduce the risk of getting the wrong files, and never have the trouble on web site searching.|
|Automatically release the system memory space, reduce the risk of system hang-up.|
|-||Instantly enter the data lock mode when you must leave your system for a while.|
|-||Automatically list the detail system configuration, it helpful for engineering service people.|
|-||Vivid brings the easiest way to optimize graphic quality. Colorize your vision when browsing photos!!! Sharpen characters edge! Enhance contrast when playing game!|
|-||Including all real time life information you need, such as Live MSI Product News, Live Daily Information, Live Personal Schedule Manager, Live Search and more.|
|.||MSI Secure DOC|
|.||ThinSoft Be Twin|
|.||Adobe Acrobat Reader|
|.||Norton Internet Security 2005|
|.||Microsoft DirectX 9.0|