MSI's GeForce 7800 GTX
With the GeForce 7800 GTX shipped to retail stores before its official launch date, vendors did not have the chance to introduce custom variations of the GeForce 7800 GTX. Therefore, the first batches of GeForce 7800 GTX that are available now are similar to the reference NVIDIA design, from the single slot cooler to the green PCB. MSI's version, the NX7800GTX-VT2D256E, is no different. It's difficult to say if this would differ in future since cooling this card while maintaining a single slot profile and low noise output is not easy. Thankfully NVIDIA's design managed that satisfactorily.
If not for the decal, the MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E is no different from the reference card.
Peel off MSI's decal on the cooler and one would find it hard to distinguish MSI's GeForce 7800 GTX from any other. The cooler itself is an identical twin of any GeForce 7800 GTX card. You can expect the performance to mirror that of the reference card too. Another useful morsel of information for the prospective buyer is that despite running cooler and quieter than some of the older NVIDIA cards, you will still need a good power supply of at least 350W. Most importantly perhaps is the card's interface, which is purely PCI Express at the moment.
The reference cooler is definitely worth another look or rather, 'hearing'. However, it is extremely quiet and you may not be able to distinguish it above your other system fans.
Other standard features for a GeForce 7800 GTX include dual DVI-I connectors and VIVO (Video-In, Video-Out) capabilities, and all are present and accounted for in the MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E. For those who would like a closer look at the GeForce 7800 GTX beneath its hood, please refer to our previous article on it in the Relevant Links section at the bottom of the page.
No surprises here. Dual DVI-I connectors and a mini-DIN output for VIVO.
MSI's bundle does not strike us as extravagant as some of its previous graphics cards. Gone are the games that have characterized previous MSI bundles, like URU: Ages Beyond Myst and XIII. However, the sole game that we found, the Chronicles of Riddick, is an adequate replacement here. On the contrary, we were rather puzzled at the absence of any DVD-related application or playback software in the package. Instead, there is a host of the usual MSI utilities, of which we would have gladly exchanged a couple, for a licensed DVD playback program. Despite the shortcoming, the overall bundle is still pretty decent. Here then is the complete listing of all the items we found in the package:
2 x DVI-to-VGA adaptor
VIVO and Component output cable dongle
6-pin PCIe to 4-pin Molex power plug converter
MSI Quick Installation Guide
MSI Utilties (Live Update, GoodMEM, Lockbox, WMIinfo, SecureDoc)
MSI D.O.T. software
Norton Internet Security 2005
Media Ring Dialer
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (full game)