Movies and video games usually mix about as well as oil and water.
We've seen some horrible movies based on video games and vice versa.... and
the DOOM3 movie is still to come... Shudder. Given this trend, when I heard
about The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, I wasn't exactly about to reserve an advanced copy.
The game Chronicles of Riddick, is set before the movies Pitch Black and The
Chronicles of Riddick. Here the 'anti hero' Riddick attempts
to make an escape from Butcher Bay which is supposed to be the
deadliest prison in the Galaxy. Riddick was released simultaneously on consoles and
PC, and the menu system, though flashy, reflects this. The game is pretty heavy
with graphics and we found that 800x600 was the NX6600GT-VTD128SP's sweet spot.
Anything higher and the card couldn't quite
keep up. The textures and lighting are flat out beautiful though, and extremely reminiscent of those seen in Doom3 at
The game play itself is pretty impressive, mixing the currently fashionable stealth
game play with some nice adrenaline pumping shootouts. Your in game
character is Riddick himself, voiced by Vin Diesel, so if you can't stand him,
avoid this game. Otherwise The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From
Butcher Bay is a great first person shooter and a definite cut above
the typical bundled games we see these days (and by far the best movie tie-in I
have ever played).
As a final note, Riddick is an 'M' rated game, and it deserves it, as
swearing, and extremely graphic violence are sprinkled liberally throughout.
It's almost like prime-time CNN!
Overclocking the red beast
videocards are already quite speedy at stock, but the MSI NX6600GT-VTD128SP should be slightly faster than the
average card. Clearly marked on the box, MSI indicates that this card is using 1.6ns
DDR3 memory and that its default memory clock speed is 1 GHz.
the core which is clocked at 500 MHz by default, we slowly raised the clock
speed in 5 MHz intervals. The maximum core speed we could get the
NX6600GT-VTD128SP to run at was 601 MHz, mighty impressive for an AGP8x 6600GT
As mentioned, the NX6600GT-VTD128SP's memory is clocked at 1 GHz by default and since
it's using 1.6ns DRAM, we were hoping for quite a bit more. Going up about 10
MHz at a time, the memory seemed pretty good at overclocking as well. Ultimately, we were
able to go as high as 1075 MHz.
|PCStats Test System Specs:|
AMD Athlon64 4000+
||12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz|
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4-SLI)
Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 (NF3
PowerColor X700 PRO
Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP
Albatron Trinity PC6600
Asus Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128/A
Gigabyte GV-3D1 (Single
Gigabyte GV-3D1 (SLI Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (Single
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (SLI Mode)
2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 L2 V2
||74GB WD Raptor 10k RPM SATA HDD|
||AOpen 52x Combo|
||Seasonic Super Tornado 400W|
WindowsXP Build 2600
Gun Metal 2
X2 The Threat
AA Test, AF and AA+AF Test
The AGP and PCI-E systems use a different
motherboard but results are shown for