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RX600XT and GeForce PCX5750: two pearls in MSI's crown

RX600XT and GeForce PCX5750: two pearls in MSI's crown
Author: Anna Timofeeva
Date: 25.08.2004

Introduction

MSI RX600XT-PCIE
GPU chip ATI RV380 (0.13 low-k)
Memory 128 Mb; DDR 128-bit
Hynix 2.5 ns
Frequencies: 500/330MHz (660MHz DDR)
Bus: PCI-Express x16
Category: Middle-End
Price: $200


MSI GeForce PCX5750
GPU chip NV36 (0.13)
Memory 128 Mb; DDR 128-bit
Samsung 3.6 ns
Frequencies: 425/250MHz (500MHz DDR)
Bus: PCI-Express x16
Category: Middle-End
Price: $160

NVIDIA and ATI. The two giants struggling against each other in every sector, in every niche and pricing category of the market of video accelerators, on every retail shelf and at every hardware related conference. The topic is endless, and both companies are invariably throwing in new and new materials for theoretical reasoning, empirical research, practical debriefings and sometimes heated arguments.

This "global confrontation" of two titans is course preserved with the release of PCI-Express solutions as well, which we are going to witness in our review.

We have already covered the specifics of PCI-Express technical implementation in ATI and NVIDIA in our previous reviews, but now we'd better concentrate on the "heroes of the day".

So, meet the wrestlers on the carpet - RX600XT and GeForce PCX5750.


MSI RX600XT & GeForce PCX5750
MSI RX600XT-PCIE and GeForce PCX5750

What adds to the intrigue is that the manufacturer of both boards is MSI, eminent for its abundant package bundles, smartly implemented and easily recognizable cooling system for its video cards, as well as for the superb product quality which by right deserves the name "brand", which brought the company a renowned reputation on the market.

The third participant of our today's contest is ATI's RX600 PRO video cards of reference design, with its rated frequency 400 MHz/300 MHz (600 MHz DDR).


ATI RX600 PRO
ATI RX600 PRO

We included just this specimen in the contest on purpose.

If we look at the table of positioning PCI-E solutions by ATI and NVIDIA and closely analyze the results our past tests as well as price characteristics of the boards, it becomes clear that X600XT can hardly be regarded as "absolute" middle-end solution. It is positioned right between the two "fires" of NVIDIA - PCX5900 and PCX5750.

It's just this X600 PRO that can be regarded as direct competitor of the latter, with the frequencies downgraded relative to X600XT and thus reduced price tag.


Video cards MSI RX600XT-PCIE ATI RX600Pro-PCIE MSI GeForce PCX5750
Code name RV380 RV380 NV36
Chip technology
256 bit
Process technology 0,13 mkm low-k 0,13 mkm low-k 0.13 mk
Memory bus 128 bit (DDR) 128 bit (DDR) 128 bit (DDR)
Bus
PCI-Express x16
Memory
128/256 MB
Chip clock speed 500 MHz 400 MHz 425 MHz
Memory speed 330 MHz
(660 DDR)
300 MHz
(600 DDR)
250 MHz
(500 DDR)
Pixel pipelines 4 4 4
Textures per pipeline 1 1 1
Textures per texture unit 16 16 16
Vertex shader version 2.0 2.0 2.0+
Pixel shader version 2.0 2.0 2.0+
DirectX version
9.0
Q-ty of monitor outputs
2

I presume you have already been aware of the character of today's contest, so we are moving on to the most interesting and detailed examination of our participants.

Content:

  • Introduction
  • MSI RX600XT Video Card Features
  • MSI GeForce PCX5750 Video Card Features
  • Tests and conclusions




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