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Digital-Daily : Video : 6600gtr

NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT Roundup. Round 1: PCI-E

Author: Anna Timofeeva
Date: 20.01.2005

Introduction

This material is the first part of review on benchmarking GeForce 6600GT video cards made by various manufacturers. The need and urgency for such a review is beyond doubts - all the cards to be reviewed are positioned (and sell) over the mainstream sector (over 200$) so popular among the consumers (and thrifty gamers, first).

Video boards made on the chip currently in questions are not sold for the PCI-Express market, but in the AGP make as well, so we found it useful to partition the material in two parts, which is helpful in avoiding the heaps of graphs and the overall mess.

Well, let's go ahead. These days, things in the middle PCI-E sector are hot to the highest degree because NVIDIA and ATI contributed their very successful solutions to the sector. ATI is still undergoing some sort of "transition period" - all are waiting for X800 to hit the retail. Furthermore, the Canadian company brought a nice New Year gift to all the consumers through pushing down the prices recommended for the recently announced 800XL and 800.

While the former is poorly related to the topic of this material because of the price, the X800 is best suited to today's topic. But that is still in prospect. Hopefully, X800 cards will not be too long to appear in the retail.

The already known Radeon X700 PRO will be reviewed as a rival to boards based on the GeForce 6600GT chip. Unlike its competitor lacking suffixes in the names (X700), the board is enjoying a successful travel over the retail shelves.

In the AGP sector, ATI is a bit less confident. The only thing to oppose (for today!) NVIDIA 6600GT AGP equipped with the HSI (High-Speed Interconnect) bridge is 9800Pro (XT). 9800Pro(XT) has turned outdated in terms of technology and performance... In fact, we'll be comparing the performance in detail in the second part. Back to our PCI-Express.

We are reviewing five video cards made by the most eminent partners of NVIDIA: ASUS, Gigabyte, Leadtek, Gainward, and XFX. All these are not new kids on the market, including the Russian market as well. There is some exception - XFX Graphics, a brand much less known on the Russian market unlike Leadtek, let alone ASUS and Gigabyte. Nevertheless, XFX is one of the major partners of NVIDIA and has been at manufacturing the chips of the company for quite a long time.

Nowadays, with the competition getting acute from day to day, no one can afford to rest on laurels. The market is getting more cruel and narrow all the time, expelling those unable setting the pace or getting into the swing outboard.

Well, we could contemplate endlessly on the subject, but being aware of your impatience, let's get back to our guinea pigs..

Not only do the boards differ in design and package bundle, they also offer some technical distinctions which are more amenable to review if summed up in a table:


Content:

  • Introduction
  • Gigabyte GeForce 6600GT, Gainward 6600GT
  • XFX GeForce 6600GT, Leadtek PX6600 GT TDH, ASUS EN6600 GT
  • Overclocking, synthetic benchmarks, gaming applications
  • Final Words




  • Top Stories:
    MoBo:


    ECS X58B-A (Intel X58)
    ASUS Rampage II Extreme (Intel X58)
    MSI DKA790GX and ECS A780GM-A Ultra
    MSI P7NGM (NVIDIA GeForce 9300)
    Intel X58 and ASUS P6T Deluxe
    MSI P45 Neo2 (Intel P45)
    Foxconn A7GMX-K (AMD 780G)
    VGA Card:


    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 – a new leader in 3D graphics!
    ECS HYDRA GeForce 9800GTX+. Water-cooled and SLI "all-in-one"
    Radeon HD 4830 CrossFire - better than Radeon HD 4870!
    XFX GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition in the SLI mode
    Leadtek WinFast PX9500 GT DDR2 – better than GeForce 9500GT DDR-3
    Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic: exclusive, with unusual features
    Palit HD 4850 Sonic: almost Radeon HD 4870, priced as HD 4850
    CPU & Memory:

    GSkill high-capacity memory modules
    CPU Intel Core i7-920 (Bloomfield)
    DDR3 memory: late 2008
    CPU AMD Phenom X3 8750 (Toliman)
    AMD Phenom X4 9850 – a top-end CPU at affordable price
    CPU Intel Atom 230 (Diamondville)
    Chaintech Apogee GT DDR3 1600


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