MSI Enhances 'Shader Clock' Inside GPU
According to MSI, its latest NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series based graphics cards now carry fine-tuned vBIOS Shader clock settings for improved performance.
Unlike the previous generation of NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, the GeForce 8 family uses unified shader processing units aka stream processors, to simultaneously handle 3D modeling/pixel rendering in a more flexible way. These stream processors execute instructions and mapping textures at about 2.x times of default GPU core clock. If the ratio of stream processor clock (aka shader clock) over GPU core clock is raised, the performance of graphics card can be boosted right the way without generating too much heat.
In order to enjoy benefits of this tweaking, vBIOS on the graphic card must be re-flashed on the PC platform. To simplify things for users MSI now supplies the enhanced shader clock presets. Consumers can enjoy better 3D performance without having to re-flash vBIOS or tweak anything.
For the hardcore gamers, MSI also launched a special version, the NX8600GT Twin Turbo, with two separate vBIOS onboard which carry two dedicated GPU/shader/memory clock settings. Users only have to press a hardware button on the bracket, and then the higher clock setting can be applied without re-flashing the vBIOS chip. Also, this gives enthusiasts a "spare" vBIOS chip if they want to tweak the vBIOS to find out the ultimate performance parameters between Shader clock and GPU core clock.
Source: Micro-Star International
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