ASUS Extreme AX600XT vs. MSI PCX 5750: Budget PCI-Express

The GeForce PCX5750 From MSI


Specifications Of MSI's GeForce PCX5750
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GeForce PCX5750 Chipset Features
- NVIDIA UltraShadow™ technology
- NVIDIA CineFX™ 2.0 engine
- NVIDIA UltraShadow technology for next-generation games
- True 128-bit precision computation
- Delivers two times the floating-point pixel shader power over previous generation
- Advanced pixel shaders
- 128-bit studio-precision computation
- NVIDIA Intellisample™ high-resolution compression technology (HCT)
- NVIDIA ForceWare™ unified software environment (USE)
- NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
- Compatibility, stability, and reliability
- NVIDIA nView™ multidisplay technology
- Continual performance and feature updates over life of the product
- NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
- DirectX 9.0 Optimizations and Support
- OpenGL 1.5 Optimizations and Support
- NVIDIA nView™ multidisplay technology
- NVIDIA Digital Vibrance Control (DVC) 3.0
- Dual 400MHz RAMDACs
- DVI Support
- Integrated TV encoder
- Integrated full hardware MPEG-2 decoder
- 64-phase video scaler
- 0.13-micron process technology
- Crafted for Cg and high-performance gaming
- Utilizes advanced memory technology (including DDR2) or blazing performance
- NVIDIA Intellisample HCT (texture, color and z compression) for screaming performance at high resolutions
- Delivers three times the vertex processing power over previous generation

- Graphics Core: 256-bit
- Memory Interface: 128-bit
- Memory Bandwidth: 14.4GBps (This value is for reference only, depending on the type and size of memory implemented)
- Fill Rate: 1.9 billion pixels/sec.
- Vertices: 356 million/sec.
- Pixels per clock (peak): 4 pixels per clock
- Textures per pixel (max in a single rendering pass): 16 tetures per pixel
- Dual RAMDACs: 400MHz

Operating Systems
- Windows XP / 2000
- Complete DirectX support, including DirectX 9.0 and lower
- Full OpenGL 1.4 and lower

- NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
- Fully compliant professional OpenGL 1.4 API with NVIDIA extensions, on all Window operating systems.
- WHQL-certified for Windows XP / 2000


The MSI GeForce 5750 is based on the NV36 GPU sporting four pixel pipelines and two vertex shader pipelines.  The core is clocked at 425MHz and is complemented by 128MB of DDR memory running at 500MHz.  The card comes with dual monitor support, with one VGA and one DVI output powered by dual 400MHz RAMDACs.  There is an integrated TV encoder which handles the PCX5750's TV-out capabilities.  MSI mounted a nice copper, cylindrical-shaped fan that moves air across the the GPU, as well as the entire card.  MSI also included a sink on the HSI chip to help keep temperatures in check. 



Built on MSI's trademark red PCB, the PCX 5750 doesn't require any additonal power supplementation, which results in a reasonably sized card that is much shorter than higher-end offerings. What the card also lacks is SLI capability, which is only available on the high-end 6800s and 6600s.  For its memory needs, MSI utilizes Samsung K4D261638F-TC36 GDDR modules rated for a maximum data rate of 550MHz. This leaves us with a little headroom for the overclocking segment, which we'll touch on at the end of the review.

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