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

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The ASUS Extreme AX600XT

Specifications of the Radeon Extreme AX600XT from ASUS
Another Flavor of Budget PCI Express

ATI Radeon X600XT Chipset Features
- PCI-Express graphics chip with native 16 lane and double the bandwitch of AGP 8X.
- Four full precision pipelines that provide over 2 Gigapixels/sec of unmatched shader power
- SMARTSHADER™ – defines the level of realism in latest 2D/3D games and applications.
- VIDEOSHADER™ - provides seamless integration of pixel shaders with video in real-time.
- Microsoft DirectX 9 and OpenGL 1.5 support HDTV support

ASUS Innovation
- ASUS GameFace Live is the world's first multiplayer audio and video chatting solution for PC gamers
- ASUS VideoSecurity Online builds your own security system on PC
- ASUS OnscreenDisplay adjusts your display settings while playing PC games.
- ASUS SmartDoctor for optimum PC performance and safety features.
- ASUS SmartCooling dynamically adjusts your VGA fan speed for a quiet computing environment.

- ASUS HyperDrive provides three ways to dynamically boost graphics card power.
- High-quality TV output for big screen gaming or presentations
Video input supports real-time video captures, high-quality video compression, and vide editing
- DVI output for easy connectivity to digital flat panel display
- Diversified displays connectivity (HDTV / Video-In / DVI-I / TV-Ou
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The ASUS Extreme AX600XT is also a two-vertex-pipeline, four-pixel-pipeline solution but with native PCI-E support.  The VPU is clocked at a brisk 500MHz, and like the MSI PCX 5750, the card comes with 128MB of GDDR memory.  ASUS utilizes HYNIX memory clocked at 740MHz DDR, however.  When we cross-referenced the model number, we found the modules rated at 450MHz (900 DDR).  Hopefully, we'll find these chips have a fair amount of headroom when we try overclocking the AX600XT later on.

    

    

The ASUS Extreme comes with its own custom cooler that spans the VPU as well as the memory modules on one side.  Typically, BGA GDDR memory of this type runs relativel cool to begin with, but added cooling is always a welcome sight.  Like its counterpart, the ASUS AX600XT has dual monitor support, but there's a twist:  There is one DVI output, which can be converted to VGA with the adapter provided, as well as TV-out capability.  The last option is purely an HDTV solution, offering a custom output that marries up with the HDTV cable provided in the package to connect to an HDTV with separate R-G-B inputs.

Lining up the specs on paper, the MSI GeForce PCX 5750 and ASUS Extreme AX600XT look to be polar opposites when it comes to features, but their raw power is similar.  Next, we'll line them up on our test bed and see how the two compare.


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