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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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Albatron Trinity GeForce PC6600U

One of three different Albatron cards in this roundup, the PCI Express based, 128MB Albatron Trinity GeForce PC6600U is certainly the most distinctive. It's the only 6600-based card we've seen to sport a heat-pipe based cooling solution. This card's heatsink contains two heat pipes which link to the substantial rear heatsink/fan combo, helping to cool the card effectively, with very little noise.

Albatron Trinity GeForce PC6600U - PCI Express x16
Includes:

Users Manual, Driver CD, PowerDirector 3 CD, Joint Operations CD, Thief: Deadly Shadows CD, Component out breakout box, DVI to analog converter

The Albatron Trinity GeForce PC6600U is based on the Geforce 6600 GPU, but Albatron has taken advantage of the extra cooling power of the heatsink to raise the core and memory speeds considerably higher than stock. The unit we reviewed was clocked at 400MHz core, a full 100MHz over normal Geforce 6600 speed; the 128MB of memory had also been increased to 700MHz, 200MHz over stock. With these speeds, the Trinity GeForce PC6600U card should occupy a nice middle ground between the Geforce 6600 and 6600GT cards.

Interestingly, the Albatron Trinity GeForce PC6600U also features an MIO connector for SLI operation. Of course, according to nVidia the 6600 GPU is not SLI compatible, only the Geforce 6600GT is, 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 review unit to work with. The PC6600U was one of the more expensive cards in our roundup, it's heatpipe-based cooling no doubt contributing to this.

The large heatsink made this one of the heaviest cards in our test group. In operation, it was effectively silent, as you'd hope from a heat-pipe based cooling solution, even one with a fan. The heatsink does not make contact with the memory modules, though it does cover and protect them. The front of the card features the standard VGA, DVI and S-video/breakout cable connectors.

The bundle is sparse, as Albatron's tend to be. A simple breakout box is included which features component, S-Video and composite connectors. The included software is comprised of WinDVD/WinDVD Creator, an old five game demo CD and Arx Fatalis, a game that was released in 2002. No DVI to analog connector was included, which we found disappointing, as will users who like to use more than one analog monitor.

Overclocking: The Albatron Trinity GeForce PC6600U attained a maximum overclocked speed of 514MHz core/743MHz memory. We were very impressed with the core overclock. If this card is using a stock 6600 GPU, then that's a big increase, achieving 6600GT levels. The memory overclock was not so impressive. Overall though, we were pleased with the overclocking potential of this videocard.

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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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