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BFG GeForce 6600 GT OC 128MB AGP Review - Page 1 of 3

INTRODUCTION

The Company

Lake Bluff, IL-based BFG Technologies continues their mission of providing the hardware community with NVIDIA-based graphics card that cater to the enthusiast. The company's "OC" series of pre-overclocked graphics card are extremely popular and are backed by a full lifetime warranty. This article is a review of their mid-range GeForce 6600 GT OC AGP.

The Chipset

NVIDIA's GeForce 6 Series debuted in April of 2004 and arrived with a slew of new features designed to enhance the evolution of PC gaming. Improvements over the previous generation GeForce FX architecture include the following features:

  • CineFX 3.0 - features infinite length shader programs, dynamic program code flow control, object instancing using vertex frequency stream dividers, displacement mapping, and Multiple Render Target technology


  • Shader Model 3.0 - a new set of DirectX 9 technologies that allow developers to incorporate advanced pixel and vertex shaders at 32-bit precision


  • Intellisample Antialiasing 3.0 - features a high-quality rotated-grid antialiasing that incurs less of a performance hit


  • Adaptive Texture Filtering - a series of optimized texture filtering algorithms including the ability to perform full trilinear filtering


  • High-Precision Dynamic Range Technology - enhances image quality through the use of floating point operations in shading, filtering, texturing, and blending


  • UltraShadow II - a patent-pending technology that significantly increases the performance of supported lighting and shadow calculations


  • Video Processing Engine - integrated hardware provides acceleration for DVD and video playback

The GeForce 6 Series has been well-received by the gaming community and has received numerous industry awards including the prestigious PC World Best Buy Award for both the performance and value categories.

The Card

Initial GeForce 6 offerings consisted of the 6800 models (6800, 6800 GT, 6800 Ultra, and 6800 Ultra Extreme), which ranged in price from $300 to $550 USD. While enthusiasts were buying the high-end graphics cards at a faster rate than they were being manufactured, lower than expected yields led to reduced profit margins. The lucrative market has always been in the mid-range and low-end where NVIDIA eventually filled the void with the 6600 and 6200 series.

As the industry began the transition to PCI-Express, NVIDIA hit a grand slam when they developed their high-speed interconnect (HSI), which features a bi-directional protocol conversion. While the GeForce 6600 GT was originally offered as a PCI-Express part, the HSI allowed NVIDIA to supply the AGP mid-range market with the latest in consumer graphics technology.

BFG Touches

  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Copper GPU and HSI Heatsinks
  • Factory Overclocked (525MHz/1050MHz vs. 500MHz/1000MHz)
  • Dual DVI Output

THE PACKAGE

BFG's packaging has remained consistent since the inception of their "OC" line of graphics cards.

Box Shots

The graphics card and accessories are housed in a protective plastic enclosure.

Box Shots

It was interesting to find the GeForce 6800 being mentioned on the back of the box I received in lieu of the GeForce 6600 GT. This could have been a typo that slipped through inspection.

Box Shots

Here is a snapshot of the entire package.

Contents

The contents consist of the graphics card itself, a driver and utility CD, a game demo CD (includes Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, Silent Storm and Painkiller), a Quick Install Guide, NVIDIA's output dongle, two DVI to VGA adapters, a power splitter cable, two BFG stickers and a blue note explaining precisely what to do in the event the equipment should fail.

Next Page: Contents and Test Setup

Last Updated on February 5, 2005


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