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Monster ATI Radeon X700 Graphics Card Roundup

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 10, 2005 4:00 am

MSI Solution


- The Box and Package


MSI have got a great clean looking box with a very basic front included which lists the main features of the card, in this case 256MB DDR3 and the Pro chip. We can also see that they are really pushing the included bundle stating 14 CDs are included.



The back of the box shows a picture of the card, extended specifications along with what's on each CD. We will have a closer look at what's included in the package in just a moment.



We have got two manuals inside - a quick installation guide and quick user guide, S-Video cable, MSI multimedia sticker for your case and an absolute bucket load of CDs which include:






Prince of Persia


14 Games Collection DVD


WinDVD 5.1 Channel Version


WinDVD Creator +


MSI 3D Desktop


MSI Media Centre


Photoshop Album SE Super Pack


Restore IT


Virtual Drive Professional


Driver and Utilities CD



As you can see we have an absolutely HUGEEEEEEE package with the MSI graphics card which is going to bring a smile to anyone's face as there is something in there for everyone.


- A Closer Look



The front of the card follows the standard red PCB design and has a giant heat sink fan on the front that covers both the GPU and memory. The MSI X700 Pro doesn't take advantage of the Rage Theater chip so we only have TV Out available.



When we turn the card around it is disappointing to see that while MSI have chosen to include this great heat sink on the front of the card covering both the GPU and Memory, they have not gone the effort to include memory sinks on the back of the card. Hopefully this is something that they will look at closer in the past.



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