The first thing that I noticed when I first looked at this card was the red PCB and the Top-Tech cooling solution that has been implemented on this card. We found this Copper/Aluminum combination to work really well as a cooling solution on the MSI Ti4200-TD648X. On the side of the card you can see the Dual DVI out and the TV-Out/Video-in connector.
MSI put a nice sized aluminum bottom heatsink with a 50mm fan on this card that uses copper cooling fins to help cool the bottom sink. Many of you may be surprised by the fact that I said aluminum as the bottom heatsink material, but it is the truth! We are legit and a few other sites must have not paid attention.
We decided to remove the front and rear heatsinks to check how MSI applied the thermal compound. We found that everything had compound where is was needed, but three of the eight memory modules were not making contact with the aluminum heatsinks. To see how big of an impact the compound issue caused on performance please check out the overclocking section.
The above pictures show the card with the front and back heatsink removed. If you notice, a few of the 2.8ns Samsung modules have not contacted the heatsink. Also, if you notice on the bottom right photo the GPU was only about 60% covered in compound, and it too was not making contact with the heatsink bottom. The bottom left image shows you the top of the line NV28 chipset with thermal compound removed.
One of the last neat features that should be shown, but cannot be seen on the card itself is the TV-out/Video-in connector. This connector is shown below and is truly a “link to the future”.
Now that you have a pretty good understanding of the card, we can go ahead and see how it performs!