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Albatron GeForce PC6600 Videocard Review

Albatron GeForce PC6600 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Using the NV43 GPU, the Albatron card is backed up by 128MB of 5ns Hynix DDR memory. Not a lot, but it should suffice for the average gamer.
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Nov 09 2004   Colin Sun  
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More value than before!

nVIDIA's GeForce 6600 GPU is their first native PCI Express chipset; no more AGP to PCI Express HSI bridge's here folks. From now on, videocards should start to take more advantage of the bandwidth that's provided by PCI Express x16 slots. There are rumors that nVIDIA will soon come out with a PCI Express to AGP HSI chip so they can bring the NV43 into the AGP world, but details are still unconfirmed.

The NV43 core is built on IBM's 0.11 micron process manufacturing technology, and contains 146 million transistors. The NV43 has eight pixel rendering and three vertex pipelines, backed by a 128bit memory controller. These numbers are exactly half those of the 6800GT/Ultra GPU.

While not as quick as the NV40 GPU, the NV43 supports all the latest features like DX 9.0C as well as nVIDIA's SM 3.0 (Shader Model) support. True, not many games incorporate these features at the moment, but it's only a matter of time. Other than that, the NV43 retains all the same features as the higher end NV40 GPU. If you'd like to learn a bit more about the technology behind the card, make sure you read PCstats's nVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra review!

Overclocking Tests

Compared to the GeForce 6600GT which is clocked at 500 MHz core, 1 GHz memory, the regular GeForce 6600 is clocked considerably slower in both areas. With the Albatron GeForce 6600, the core runs along at 306 MHz, while the memory is set to 500 MHz. As usual we started with the core first and here's how things went.

Going up slowly a few MHz at a time, things were actually quite uneventful. The 350 MHz, 360 MHz and 370 MHz marks passed by quite easily, as did 400 MHz! In the end we were able to hit a maximum speed of 437 MHz, not as high as the stock 6600GT, but definitely very nice for the price.

With the 5ns Hynix TSOP-II DDR memory the Albatron GeForce 6600 uses, we didn't know what to expect from memory overclocking. Unfortunately, the memory didn't seem to like overclocking very much at all, so the story pretty much ends there. The maximum speed the RAM would run at was a lowly 536 MHz, which was a bit disappointing.

We were pleased to see that the core and memory played nicely together though. With some previous nVIDIA-based videocards, we had problems getting the two to run at maximum overclock simultaneously. Next up, the benchmarks!

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Contents of Article: Albatron PC6600
 Pg 1.  Albatron GeForce PC6600 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — More value than before!
 Pg 3.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 3
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 12.  Advanced Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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