ASUS card in the roundup, the Asus Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A stands out for
interesting choices the manufacturer has made with its core and memory speeds.
While it uses the slower Geforce 6600 core as opposed to the 6600GT employed by
most of the cards we looked at, ASUS has included 128MB of fast 2.0ns Samsung
GDDR3 memory and clocked the card to a higher than standard 400MHz core/900MHz
memory setting. This puts it in a place between a stock 6600 and 6600GT.
Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A features an MIO connector for SLI operation like the
Albatron 6600U also in the roundup. Of course, according to nVidia the 6600 GPU
is not SLI compatible, but since the two are more or less identical... Why not?
Unfortunately we were not able to test SLI operation with this card since we
only had one unit to test, but we'd love to see how it works...
fairly hefty aluminium heatsink was almost completely silent during our testing.
ASUS has also included memory heatsinks, which is a nice touch and might (or
might not) help overclocking. The front of the card features the standard VGA,
DVI and S-video/breakout cable connectors.
software bundle is slightly on the small side, with Joint Operations: Typhoon
Rising being the only game included. Copies of AsusDVD, PowerDirector 3DE and
Medi@ Show SE 2.0 round out the software, while ASUS throws in a DVI-analog
converter for dual CRT action as well as an S-video to composite cable for
Overclocking: With its speedy Samsung memory and
RAMsinks, we were looking forward to seeing what kind of overclocking results we
could ring out of the ASUS Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A. Suffice to say that the
card did not disappoint us.
maximum core overclock was a massive 623MHz, 223MHz over its stock speed...
That's over a 50% overclock! None of the Geforce 6600GT cards in this roundup managed to get that high.
The memory did well too, topping out at 1030MHz. With results like these, we
have to speculate that ASUS is using a 6600GT core in the ASUS Extreme