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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.
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: nvidia May 18 2005   Mike Dowler  
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MSI NX6600GT-VTD128SP AGP

Looks familiar? Not surprising, as the MSI NX6600GT-VTD128SP is virtually identical to the MSI NX6600GT-VTD128 AGP card we just saw. MSI has repackaged the card in a shiny new box with the Riddick: Escape from Butcher's Bay game and some funky coloured cables. They've also cranked the memory up to 1000MHz, offsetting the major weakness of the other card. The core runs at 500MHz like the other 6600GT cards in the roundup.

MSI NX6600GT - VTD128SP - AGP8x
Includes:

Users Manual, Quick Installation Guide, Driver CD, CyberLink Software Suite CD, System Utilities CD, The Chronicles of Riddick CDs, S-Video to S-Video cable, TV/Component Out Break out box.

Like its sister card, the MSI NX6600GT-VTD128SP AGP features full VIVO features, something that few other cards in the roundup can offer. The AGP interface also means no SLI and that extra power is required.

The bundle is where things get interesting, as MSI has changed it to suit the 'Supreme Edition' branding and the bundled game Riddick: Escape from Butcher's Bay. Included is a full breakout box in place of the VIVO cable included with the other card. The cables and DVI-analog converter have been coloured a funky bright yellow-green colour. In place of the three games formerly included, you have just one, but it's a goodie. Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher's Bay is one of the best movie tie-in games in history, and an excellent first person shooter which really puts the capabilities of modern computers on show. It's prettier than Doom 3, if you can believe it.

Overclocking: We were hoping for slightly better results out of the MSI NX6600GT-VTD128SP given its boosted RAM speed. The final usable speeds we achieved were an impressive 601MHz for the core and a slightly disappointing 1075MHz memory. The core overclock was the second highest attained in this roundup, while the memory ended up slightly slower than its sister card, the NX6600GT-VTD128, which started with the memory clocked 100MHz slower. Seems like MSI is using the same set of memory perhaps.

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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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