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GIGABYTE GeForce 6600 GV-NX66128DP - Page 9 of 9

3DMARK2005
I have just started using this benchmark so I have just listed the results with no antialiasing at the three resolutions listed. Vertex and Pixel Shader 3.0 forced.

3DMark 2005
Intel 3.4E


Overclocked results highlighted below

AQUAMARK3
This benchmark concludes the testing in this review. FPS obtained with the benchmark's default settings and results displaying the card's performance at both default and overclocked timings.

Average of 3 runs of Aquamark3:
299/552 (default) 33.18 FPS            600/575 (overclock): 42.86 FPS

CONCLUSION
With a price that will not put a huge dent in your wallet the PCI-E Gigabyte 6600 is a deal for the casual gamer, or the gamer who is upgrading to PCI-Express on a tight budget. Performance-wise you are looking at a card capable of competing with the performance norms of the previous generation high end cards with improved graphics and IQ at moderate resolutions up to 1280x1024. The 6600 is the present generation's current mid-range offering. But considering the performance capabilities that label may be a little deceiving. Looking at the potential performance increase this card may be just the ticket for those gamers who cannot afford an high-end or enthusiast card but would like to have the graphical improvements NVIDIA's latest generation of video cards have to offer.

The 6600 supports better pixel shader implementation (SM2.0) and the latest in pixel shader implementation (SM3.0) as well as other graphical improvements used by game developers. I would prefer faster DDR SDRAM than the 3.6ns installed on this card but it could have been a cost consideration and this ram does run cool and stable. The 128-bit memory limitation severely impacts performance in higher application antialiasing and anisotropic filtering. Still, sufficient application is possible, at 1024x768, with this card for some awesome image quality.

The bottom line is the Gigabyte 6600 provides you with the performance and image quality to play your games the way the developer intended. That is, the games are fun to play and look awesome!

Oh, and if you'd like some hi-res photos of the NVIDIA reference design of the 6600 then I've provided PNGs of them for you. (Don't forget about your browser's image auto-sizing with these images.)

¾ View (~1.3MB) - 1183x1052
Back View (~2MB) - 1341x896

PROS

  • Price!
  • Small size for easy installation in smaller cases
  • Single slot solution
  • No additional power connector from PSU required
  • Small copper HSF provides excellent cooling for GPU
  • NVIDIA ForceWare drivers
  • Sufficient frame rates with excellent image quality for enjoyable game play
  • Excellent overclock potential of GPU

CONS

  • 3.6ns rated DDR SDRAM
  • Not SLI compatible

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