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Nvidia Geforce 6600/6600GT Videocard Roundup

Nvidia Geforce 6600/6600GT Videocard Roundup - PCSTATS
Abstract: PCstats is testing out nine Geforce 6600 and Geforce 6600 GT based videocards, in both AGP and PCI Express versions.
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External Mfg. Website: nvidia May 18 2005   Mike Dowler  
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ASUS Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A

The only 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.

ASUS Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A - PCI Express x16
Includes:

Driver CD, CD Manual, Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising CD, AsusDVD CD, PowerDirector 3DE CD, Medi@ Show SE 2.0, DVI to analog converter, S-Video to Composite Cable.

The ASUS 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...

The 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.

The 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 TV-out.

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.

The 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 N6600TOP/TD/128M/A card.

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Contents of Article: nvidia
 Pg 1.  Nvidia Geforce 6600/6600GT Videocard Roundup
 Pg 2.  — ASUS Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A
 Pg 3.  Gigabyte GVNX66T128D GeForce 6600GT
 Pg 4.  Gigabyte GV-3D1
 Pg 5.  Albatron Trinity GeForce PC6600U
 Pg 6.  Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP
 Pg 7.  Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600
 Pg 8.  MSI NX6600GT-VTD128 AGP
 Pg 9.  MSI NX6600GT-VTD128SP AGP
 Pg 10.  MSI NX6600GT-TD128E
 Pg 11.  Test System Specs, Benchmarks
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: Codecreatures
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: Aquamark 2.3
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: Aquamark 3, Gunmetal 2
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 16.  Benchmarks: Doom3
 Pg 17.  Conclusions - Which Card Comes out on Top?

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