ATI Buyer's Guide, Part III: All Graphics Cards!


MSI's entry in the X1900 class is based on ATI's reference design. Stickers with MSI's company logo adorn the large heatsink, which covers both the memory and the GPU. A fan pushes warm exhaust air out of the computer case via a grille at the back of the card. Due to its size and weight, the massive cooler requires two expansion slots and secure mounting. The GPU is ideal for games with lots of eye candy that make extensive use of shader effects. This is a result of the enormous number of pixel shader units that ATI has included in the new design, letting the X1900 XTX shine in games like F.E.A.R. and Oblivion.

MSI's RX1900 XTX features two digital DVI connectors and an HDTV / S-Video output.

MSI RX1900 XTX-VT2D512E - Accessories

MSI ships its card with cables for HDTV, S-Video, and composite output, as well as Vivo cables for signal input and output. There is also an auxiliary power cable in the box to connect the graphics card to the power supply. A DVI-to-VGA adapter allows the card to be used with an analog display.