Whereas the majority of manufacturers were keeping quiet about Nvidia’s mid-range DX10 cards, MSI were more than happy to display them – though they didn’t go as far as to label them as such.
Displayed under a variety of ambiguous titles – such as “New DX10 Graphics Card with HDMI” – our sister site Bit-Tech were nonetheless able to extract some details about the new cards.
After many questions and much study they were able to determine that MSI had both the G84 and G86 cards on show with versions of the GeForce 8600GT (pictured above), 8500 GT and a passively cooled GeForce 8300 which is pictured further down the page.
Although all the new cards support HDCP and feature HDMI ports, early indications seem to be that none of the cards have any on-board sound processing. Consequently sound will be routed to the cards via S/PDIF, which will then travel through the HDMI to whatever device might be connected to it.
Pricing is still unknown, though this isn’t entirely surprising considering the cards weren’t meant to be on display. As grateful as we are to MSI for letting this slip, one can’t help but wonder what Nvidia thought about its mistake and what the consequences for MSI might be?
For a more detailed look at the new cards you can read Bit-Tech’s report here.