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Albatron Trinity GeForce PC6600U Videocard Review

Albatron Trinity GeForce PC6600U Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: What makes the Albatron Trinity GeForce PC6600U special is that it is one of the first commercially available, virtually silent videocards.
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Feb 14 2005   Colin Sun  
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Advanced Benchmarks: UT2003

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

UT2003 - 1024x768 Flyby
Anti-Aliasing FPS Ranking

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 2x AA

220.73

Albatron Trinity PC6600U Quincunx AA

220.77

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 4x AA

160.15
Albatron Trinity PC6600U 8x AA 72.24
Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 2x AF

229.64

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 4x AF

219.53

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 8x AF

217.28
Albatron Trinity PC6600U 16x AF 217.57
Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 2x AA, 8x AF

197.55

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 4x AA, 16x AF

144.69

UT2003 - 1024x768 Botmatch
Anti-Aliasing FPS Ranking

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 2x AA

84.12

Albatron Trinity PC6600U Quincunx AA

84.19
Albatron Trinity PC6600U 4x AA 83.49

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 8x AA

56.74
Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 2x AF

84.19

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 4x AF

84.2

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 8x AF

84.13

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 16x AF 84.21
Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 2x AA, 8x AF

84.16

Albatron Trinity PC6600U 4x AA, 16x AF

82.91

The Albatron Trinity PC6600U crunches through this final benchmark in impressive fashion. Only maximum AA settings seem to inflict any sort of noticeable performance penalty, which is great to see.

Conclusions

The most notable aspect of the Trinity GeForce PC6600U card is the heatpipe-powered cooling solution employed by Albatron. While not technically a passive heatsink solution due to the small fan on the back of the card, this setup nonetheless manages to be almost completely silent. It appears to cover the memory also, but the heatsink does not actually make contact with the chips. Kudos to Albatron for trying out new cooling options.

The Albatron Trinity PC6600U is only the second videocard we have tested with a heat-pipe cooling solution, and we look forward to seeing more of these, as they render the video cards almost completely silent.

Despite the small size of the PC6600U card, it's actually very heavy due to the hefty chunk of aluminium that makes up the heatsink. We liked the fact that Albatron obviously put a lot of care and attention into designing this card.

In terms of performance, the Albatron PC6600U card showed a lot of promise. Albatron increased the core speed to 400MHz and added 700MHz memory to this GeForce 6600 based card, and it has paid significant dividends. The box claims that this card is 36% faster than their Trinity PC6600 card, and our benchmark results seem to bear this out. As a midrange card, the Albatron Trinity PC6600U offers very good performance in today's 3D games, and all for about $160USD.

Albatron's software bundle for this card (and for other recent cards) is rather unimpressive. Instead of bundling a couple of ubiquitous utilities and a three year old game, we feel Albatron would be better served cutting out the extra software and dropping the price of the card further.

Overall, the The Albatron Trinity PC6600U is a good buy as a midrange card, especially if you are looking for a quiet video solution. As with all 6600-based cards, component TV-out is included, which sweetens the pot for TV users.

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Contents of Article: Albatron Trinity PC6600U
 Pg 1.  Albatron Trinity GeForce PC6600U Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  The NV43 and SLI!
 Pg 3.  Overclocking and Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3Dmark05, CodeCreatures
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: X2 The Threat
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 10.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 11.  — Advanced Benchmarks: UT2003

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