MSI this week announced its new NX8600GT Twin Turbo with a slight twist. The new NX8600GT Twin Turbo features dual video BIOSes, each containing different core and memory clock settings. Users can switch between the two clock speed profiles with the press of a turbo button.
A press of the turbo button raises the clock speeds [from 540 MHz core and 1400 MHz] up to 580 MHz core and 1600 MHz memory. The shader clock receives a boost [from 1450 MHz ] to 1508 MHz as well. MSI claims a 20 percent performance boost in 3DMark06 with a press of the turbo button.
Daily Tech – MSI Brings Turbo Button to GeForce 8600GT
For the hard-core gamer, MSI also launches a special version, the NX8600GT Twin Turbo, has two separate vBIOS on-board which carry two dedicated GPU/Shader/Memory clock settings. Users only have to press a hardware button on the bracket, and then the new (higher) clock setting can be applied without re-flashing the vBIOS chip. Also, these two vBIOS chips give extreme enthusiast a Die-Hard workability (another vBIOS chip as spare) if they want to tweak the vBIOS to find out the ultimate performance parameters between Shader clock and GPU core clock.
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Published in: Graphics Cards on 2007-08-28