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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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Built for overclocking, so how does it do?

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 400MHz 623MHz
Memory Speed: 900MHz 1030MHz

As we alluded to earlier, the Asus Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A appears to have been designed with overclockers in mind. By default, the GeForce 6600 core on the N6600TOP/TD/128M/A is clocked at 400 MHz (already 100 MHz faster than your average 6600). The memory runs at 900 MHz, or about 100 MHz slower than a stock 6600GT card.

Starting with the core first, I immediately raised its clock speed to 500 MHz, the default speed of the GeForce 6600GT. Unsurprisingly, the core had no problem running overclocked at that speed so we continued to push it further.

This Asus videocard was able to pass 550, 560 and even 570 MHz, which is mighty impressive for a GeForce 6600 GPU! The core had plenty of speed left to dish out and it was even able to pass 600 MHz. This often proves too quick for regular 6600GT videocards, so we were quite impressed to see how the Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A keep chugging along. In the end, the maximum speed the core would run at was 616 MHz; that's 216 MHz faster than the card's stock core speeds!

After seeing the excellent results from the core overclocking we had some high hopes for the memory as well. Starting at 900 MHz, the memory clock speed was immediately raised to a full 1 GHz and worked fine. Going up slowly, the memory maxed out at 1030 MHz. Not quite as big a jump as the core, but impressive for a GeForce 6600 videocard!

I'm happy to report that both the core and memory ran just fine together at maximum overclocked speeds (623MHz core, 1030MHz memory). As you'll see shortly, that level of overclocking makes a huge difference in performance!

PCStats Test System Specs:

amd athlon64 4000+

clock speed: 12 x 200 mhz = 2.4 ghz

gigabyte ga-k8nxp-sli (nf4-sli)
gigabyte ga-k8nsnxp-939 (nf3 ultra)


msi rx800xt-vtd256e
gigabyte gv-rx80l256v
powercolor x700 pro
msi nx6800gt-t2d256e
albatron trinity geforce 6600gt agp
msi nx6600gt-td128
albatron trinity pc6600
gigabyte gv-3d1 (single mode)
gigabyte gv-3d1 (sli mode)
msi nx6600gt-td128e (single mode)
msi nx6600gt-td128e (sli mode)
asus extreme n6600top/td/128m/a


2x 512mb mushkin pc3200 l2 v2

hard drive: 74gb wd raptor 10k rpm sata hdd
cdrom: aopen 52x combo
powersupply: seasonic super tornado 400w
software setup

windowsxp build 2600
catalyst 4.12
detonator 66.93


gun metal 2
x2 the threat

aa test, af and aa+af test

the agp and pci-e systems use a different motherboard but results are shown for reference.

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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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