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Exclusive : MSI FX5800 Ultra-TD8X
By Vijay Anand
Category : Graphics
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 14th March, 2003
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  

About The MSI FX5800 Ultra-TD8X

The MSI FX5800 Ultra-TD8X graphics card like the reference sample from NVIDIA is based on the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra chipset. Hence the FX5800 Ultra-TD8X also operates at 500MHz / 1GHz (core/memory) while in 3D space and at 300MHz / 600MHz in normal Windows desktop. At such speeds, it is well guarded by the Flow FX cooling system and advanced thermal management / monitoring system with aid of the smart driver set. Please refer to the comprehensive NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 Ultra review for more technical information, features, as well as the workings of the FX and more pictures.

The MSI FX5800 Ultra-TD8X resembles the reference sample unit from NVIDIA exactly. The only addition on the MSI’s board was a sticker slapped on the Flow FX to signify the brand.

Doesn’t the MSI FX5800 Ultra-TD8X strike you as something else we recently tested?

The rear faceplate consists of the Flow FX air input/output ports, VGA, S-Video output and DVI-I outputs.

Since the GeForce FX core has an integrated video encoder for TV-output, the FX5800 Ultra-TD8X has been generously packaged with the necessary cables along with a few more items:

A Y-split power cable, DVI-to-VGA converter, 1.8M of S-Video extension cable and an S-Video to Composite converter.

The huge box that the FX5800 Ultra-TD8X came cuddled in was not without MSI’s usual assortment of software, utilities and games. We were hoping for at least one game title change but unfortunately it came with similar games we have encountered in some of their other current graphics cards in their GeForce4 line-up. By no means were they old, in fact they have the best game bundle around compared to any other graphics card vendor. I guess we just have higher expectations. Here is the complete list of wares you'll be getting:

Software / Utilities
  • InterVideo WinProducer / WinCoder
  • InterVideo WinDVD 5.1 channel
  • VirtualDrive Professional
  • RestoreIT Professional
  • ThinSoft Be Twin – Simultaneous PC sharing software
  • Trend PC-cillin 2002
  • E-Color 3Deep
  • MSI 3D! Turbo Experience
  • MSI Live Update 2
  • MSI GoodMEM
  • MSI Lockbox
  • MSI SecureDoc
  • MSI WMI Info – System Information with WMI
  • MSI 3D Desktop
  • MSI Media Center

  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
  • Duke Nukem Manhattan Project
  • The Elder Scrolls III : Morrowind (2 discs)
  • The Sum of All Fears (Lite version)
  • IL-2 Sturmovik (Lite version)
  • Serious Sam: the Second Encounter (Lite version)
  • Rally Trophy (Lite version)
  • Beam Breakers (Lite version)
  • Zax: The Alien Hunter (Lite version)
  • Oni (Lite version)

    An Impressive software bundle, ain't it?
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