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GIGABYTE GeForce 6600 GV-NX66128DP - Page 3 of 9


Optimizations

OPTIMIZATIONS
The control panel above displays the trilinear and anisotropic optimizations available in the control panel. I debated leaving the trilinear optimizations on as I did in the last review but finally decided to turn all optimizations OFF. I should state that these optimizations have proven to be generic and not application specific. The quality loss is barely noticeable to the naked eye and do offer a slight performance increase. After reading recent reviews at Guru3D.com I tend to agree with their assessment and will probably follow their lead in future reviews and leave at least the trilinear optimization activated.

THE BUNDLE

Software/Accessories Bundle

Gigabyte bundles the following with the 6600:

  • User's manual
  • CD with drivers
  • VIVO software, PowerDVD 5
  • VIVO adapter
  • DVI-to-d-Sub adapter
  • Thief (full version on DVD)

TEST SETUP
I would have liked to have done a review on this new test setup as it is my first venture with an all PCI-Express system. Mike supplied me with a DFI 915P-TAG which is limited to using DDR1 ram. This suits me for the present because I need to take a closer look before going to DDR2 ram. I included two sticks of 512MB OCZ High Performance DDR set up for 800MHz FSB, dual channel, running 2.5-3-3-7. Booted up first time but one confusing problem raised its head, Windows XP refused to load. Apparently I was missing updated driver(s). Being concerned with my time schedule for this review I opted to use Windows 2000, SP-4, which loaded quickly without any problems. After the review I will correct the problem and load XP with SP-2 slip-streamed and if successful re-run the tests. If anything noteworthy develops, from the use of XP over W2K, I will update the review at that time.

This setup proved to be bullet-proof, never failing, during the review. When not in use, this system ran Folding@Home, 24/7.

 

NVIDIA Forceware 66.31

All tests were conducted using NVIDIA ForceWare 66.31 drivers furnished by Gigabyte on the driver CD.

Next Page: System Specs & Overclocking

 


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