NVIDIA home theater PC users rejoice! MSI's NX7600GT Diamond Plus arrives with HDMI!

DailyTech previously reported on ATI Radeon based HDCP compliant graphics cards with HDMI audio/video output. HDCP compliant NVIDIA GeForce 7 series based cards started showing up but were only available in dual-DVI only configurations. MSI is announcing the worlds first retail NVIDIA based graphics card equipped with HDMI audio/video output capabilities. Sony’s previously released VAIO XL1 and XL2 Media Center PCs featured a GeForce 6200 or GeForce 6600GT with HDMI audio/video output but the graphics card was an OEM only item. The MSI NX7600GT Diamond Plus is based on NVIDIA’s GeForce 7600GT graphics processor. MSI has equipped the NX7600GT Diamond Plus with 256MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 1400 MHz on a 128-bit memory interface—plenty for gaming and high definition video playback. The 7600GT GPU is clocked at NVIDIA’s recommended speed of 560 MHz.  

There are plenty of video outputs available with a single dual-link DVI-I and HDMI audio/video outputs. VIVO functions are also available for S-Video and composite video input and output. HDMI output is provided by a Silicon Image SiI 1930 HDCP PanelLink Transmitter. The Silicon Image SiI 1930 also handles HDCP capabilities with its integrated HDCP cipher engine. With the Silicon Image SiI 1930 HDCP PanelLink Transmitter the MSI NX7600GT Diamond Plus is can support video resolutions up to 1080p—perfect for Blu-Ray and HD-DVD formats. S/PDIF audio input is available for users that want to output audio simultaneously with video via HDMI. The Silicon Image SiI 1930 handles the MSI NX7600GT Diamond Plus’ audio capabilities too. With the S/PDIF audio input the MSI NX7600GT Diamond Plus can accept 7.1 channel audio sources up to 192 KHz of resolution. Other notable features of include its 12 pixel pipeline architecture and support for PureVideo HD.

The MSI NX7600GT Diamond Plus utilizes a standard NVIDIA reference design heatsink/fan as required by the 7600GT. It’s strange to see MSI implementing HDMI with NVIDIA’s 7600GT GPU as the lower 7600GS has similar features but only requires passive cooling—a nice feat for Media Center PCs.

Pricing for the NX7600GT is expected around $200-250 MSRP with an end of August expected shipping date. Unlike the Sapphire X1600 Pro HDMI, MSI does not include an HDMI to DVI converter. Bundled HDMI cables are optional depending on the area and distributor.

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