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Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP Videocard Review
Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Trinity 6600GT AGP sports 128MB of Samsung BGA DDR3 memory, and uses a 128-bit memory bus; which is enough memory for today's most demanding games.
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Jan 13 2005   C. Sun  
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Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP Videocard Review

With both ATi and nVIDIA focusing efforts on new PCI Express offerings, the majority of consumers and their 8X AGP systems should rightly feel a little bit left out. Both the GeForce 6600/GT core and the ATI X700 family offer phenomenal performance for the money, certainly more than we've been used to in the last couple of years, and keeping them off AGP just won't do.

Videocard manufacturers realize this, and the timing couldn't be better for releasing a whole slew of new mainstream AGP videocards. One such PCI Express to 8X AGP convert is the Geforce 6000GT core, and that is coming to us in the form of the Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP. The core is the same as the PCI Express GF 6600GT version, but on this card, there's a little PCI Express to 8x AGP HSI bridge chip which allows the core to communicate through the AGP bus.

The Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP is only compatible with 1.5V 4x/8x AGP motherboards and it's physically impossible to insert this videocard into a 2x only AGP slot. If you tried to force it, you'd only damage both the videocard and the motherboard (and possibly yourself). The Trinity 6600GT AGP sports 128MB of Samsung BGA DDR3 memory, and uses a 128-bit memory bus; which is enough memory for today's most demanding games.

Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP


Users Manual, Driver CD, WinDVD/WinDVD Creator CD, Five Game Demo CD, Arx Fatalis, S-Video/Component Out Breakout box

Big software bundles have never been Albatron's claim to fame (hint: it has to do with performance), and its videocards are usually a little more affordable for that reason. Included with the Trinity 6000GT AGP are copies of WinDVD/WinDVD Creator, a five game demo CD and a full version of Arx Fatalis. Since the Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP supports many different forms of TV output it also comes with an S-Video/Composite/Component break out box. We would have liked to see Albatron include a DVI to analog converter for dual monitor support.
The PCIe to AGP bridge chip.

Unlike the 6600GT PCI Express counterparts, the AGP-based Trinity 6600GT requires a little extra power, so there's a molex connector on the top right hand corner of the card.

The cooling solution on the Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP is much different from Albatron's past HSF solutions and looks... well... unique. Cooling the small FCBGA GeForce 6600GT core is a large aluminum block with fins and a 55mm fan. During testing, the rear of the card was only warm to the touch, so I suppose the cooler was doing its job. The PCI Express to AGP bridge is cooled with a separate aluminum heatsink that fits into the larger one. It's not the quietest thermal solution Albatron has ever applied to one of its videocards, and I hope it doesn't signal a shift in the companies ethos. I'd also like to note that the blue plastic fan guard slightly blocks the adjacent PCI slot on the Gigabyte 8KNXP motherboard we tested it with.

The little break out box that Albatron includes with the videocard works well. Anyone with a standard TV can use the card's S-Video or composite connectors, and those with HDTVs can use the component output (Y, Pb, Pr) connectors.

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Contents of Article: Albatron 6600GT
 Pg 1.  — Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  The GeForce 6600GT GPU Up Close and Personal!
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 5.  Benchmark: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 6.  Benchmark: AquaMark3
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 12.  Advanced Benchmarks: UT2003

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