|MSI-8809 AGPhantom GeForce review
Posted by Julio
Franco on June 19, 2000
Computer Product: AGPhantom
NVIDIA GeForce chip, not exactly the kind of component that
needs much of an introduction nowadays. In fact, it’s not a
big surprise to see how bigger motherboard manufacturers have
been jumping on the video card bandwagon lately.
can say ABIT and Gigabyte are two big names that are new to
the market and have already got a partnership with NVIDIA. MSI
Computer is another of the new companies to appear with a
GeForce card; the 8809 is a SDRAM based GeForce card which we
will be testing here.
it’s clear that the card is late to the market you must take
in consideration that with GeForce 2 cards available already,
Geforces can be bought for much less money than before, making
it an excellent choice for a low-end gaming system.
Installation & Drivers
we all know the NVIDIA GeForce chip is very power consuming so
getting it working with my Athlon/Slot A system was a problem
at first but after installing a new massive 425w ATX power
supply I stopped having those problems as expected. So, other
than that I didn’t have problems with the installation of
the card, I took out the ASUS V6600 card I had on my AGP slot
and popped in the MSI card.
that I booted up and installed the MSI drivers that came in
the box CD just to see what was new on them. I wasn’t
surprised to see that they looked almost exactly like NVIDIA
reference drivers. I went to MSI website to see what were the
newer drivers but for some reason I couldn’t get them to
install properly so for testing I preferred to use the latest
reference drivers version 5.22 that are available on
I said, MSI drivers had nothing special but where you could
actually see the MSI touch was in the extra utility they ship
with the card called “3D! Turbo II”, there you have the
usual tweaking setting including virtual desktop options,
monitor adjustments and core/memory speed control for
in the package we found a quick guide for getting everything
running and the “bundle” (if we can call it like that)
that consisted of a CD with PowerDVD 2.0.
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