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Asus Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A Videocard Review
Asus Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A Videocard Review - PCSTATS
The Asus extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A PCI Express x16 videocard uses a vanilla GeForce 6600 GPU, but backs it up with Samsung GDDR3 memory (128MB, 2.0ns DRAM).
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Apr 03 2005   C. Sun  
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Budget King!

There's a large disparity in performance and price between the GeForce 6600 and 6600GT cards and it seems like manufacturers have caught on. Many are now offering "factory overclocked" GeForce 6600 videocards to those who want better performance than a regular 6600 offers, but can't afford to go all out and get a 6600GT.

The Asus Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A is a prime example of manufacturer ingenuity and it's a darn good card too. Based around the GeForce 6600 core, Asus raised the clock speed slightly and equipped the videocard with the same memory that's found on 6600GT class cards, though clocked slightly slower.

The Asus Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A uses a GeForce 6600GT reference design PCB and layout so it shouldn't be much of a surprise to see that the card overclocks well. The large aluminum HSF on the core kept it nice and cool and the memory RAMsinks were a nice touch.

At stock speeds, the ASUS N6600TOP/TD/128M/A offers an excellent mid way point between a vanilla 6600 and 6600GT in terms of performance. In many cases, it was as fast as the higher end PowerColor Radeon X700 Pro. When it came to overclocking, our particular test sample was quite up to the challenge. The stock core speed of the N6600TOP/TD/128M/A is 400 MHz and we were able to push this bad boy all the way up to 616 MHz! The memory was decent as well and hit a high of 1.03 GHz.

Unfortunately the Asus N6600TOP/TD/128M/A has not reached the retail market yet, but we'd expect it to retail in the $230ish CDN range. This is slightly less than a full fledged 6600GT and a bit more than a regular 6600. the N6600TOP/TD/128M/A is a fast videocard and a solid choice for gamers on a budget.

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Contents of Article: ASUS N6600TOP/TD/128M/A
 Pg 1.  Asus Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Built for overclocking, so how does it do?
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: 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: Doom 3
 Pg 13.  — Budget King!

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