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SFL
02-01-05, 02:36 AM
Hi,

I've now decided to go for a 6600GT. I have selected 2 cards, but I don't know which I should buy:

Leadtek WinFast A6600GT-TDH (AGP) (http://www.leadtek.com/3d_graphic/winfast_a6600_gttdh_1.html)
MSI NX6600GT-VTD128 (AGP) (http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=NX6600GT-VTD128&class=vga)

Which one could you recommend? Is it worth buying a 256MB card?

jAkUp
02-01-05, 02:40 AM
I would go with the MSI, also, the extra 128mb is a good investment if you plan on keeping the card for a while. Later this year we will see more games that will use over 128mb texture memory.

rohit
02-01-05, 08:03 AM
MSi card --> 1yr waranty
leadtek card --> 2 or 3yrs warranty.
MSi card has better . so i feel go for msi.
if u r gonna put a nv silencer or sumthin, then go for leadtek (coz its cheepr).

i had msi 68gt before, got spoilt. took over 2 months for rma.
so i switched to leadtek.

saturnotaku
02-01-05, 08:19 AM
I'm going to be receiving the PCI-Express version of the MSI 6600 GT this week. I ordered it primarily because of its cooling setup - all copper that covers both the GPU and memory. It also has a decent bundle and it was cheaper than the Leadtek. Plus red PCBs are just cooler looking. :p :D

SpeedDemon
02-01-05, 08:43 AM
I'm going to be receiving the PCI-Express version of the MSI 6600 GT this week. I ordered it primarily because of its cooling setup - all copper that covers both the GPU and memory. It also has a decent bundle and it was cheaper than the Leadtek. Plus red PCBs are just cooler looking. :p :DThey're all the same so I pretty much usually go by brand recognition/price/looks/cooling setup. The MSI definitely wins in all these categories. I have 2 of them running in my system and no problems whatsoever. I did have problems however with the first card that I ordered, but that was a Gigabyte, one of the chips actually fell off on it because it wasn't soldered on tight enough.

saturnotaku
02-01-05, 08:57 AM
That's funny and sucky at the same time. I've never heard of that happening before. On the MSI card, I've read people are getting some pretty wicked overclocks on it - I've seen reports where people are getting them as high as 580/1150. While overclocking's not that big a deal to me, I'd be pleased as punch to get 550/1100 out of at least the one I have coming this week.

Jason Novak
02-01-05, 09:54 AM
I'm looking at the MSI card, too. Like the red PCB and nice copper cooler. It think it's the only card with video in as well as video out. Only thing I don't like is no temperature monitoring. Some people said it can be fixed with a BIOS update, but I've heard it was disabled because it wasn't accurate.

SpeedDemon
02-01-05, 09:59 AM
I don't believe that it has VIVO actually, but mine seems to give accurate temperature readings.

rohit
02-02-05, 03:13 AM
MSI ooks good, and has a better HSF. for sure.
but have u guyz read the 66GT-pcie roundup on anandtech, where MSI card had highest temps

swatX
02-02-05, 04:49 AM
www.forum.msi.com.tw and check their VGA board which has full of 6600gt complaints.

so i suggest you go with leadtek?

Lfctony
02-02-05, 04:57 AM
I'd go with Leadtek, after having so many people complain about MSI I don't trust their QA.

JoKeRr
02-02-05, 09:44 AM
BFG baby
http://techreport.com/reviews/2005q1/6600gt-agp-comparo/index.x?pg=1 review shows bfg is cool and quiet, life time warranty too. I think cooling wise Leadtek is pretty good as well, since the fan is bigger, but msi sure looks nice, as long as u don't get weird problems, it's a decent choice. but I will go with whichever is cheaper, lol.

TeaEtchSee
02-02-05, 08:50 PM
MSi card --> 1yr waranty
leadtek card --> 2 or 3yrs warranty.
MSi card has better . so i feel go for msi.
if u r gonna put a nv silencer or sumthin, then go for leadtek (coz its cheepr).

i had msi 68gt before, got spoilt. took over 2 months for rma.
so i switched to leadtek.


its quieter too dont u think? lol

rohit
02-03-05, 08:41 AM
i dunno bout quietness.
leadteks cooler claims less than 30dB.
MSI cooler Claims 28dB.
so they are equally quiet.

Gator
02-03-05, 08:47 AM
256mb wouldnt really be worth it because the 6600GT only has a 128bit memory bus. Therefore it probably does not have enough bandwidth to take advantage of 256mb. Besides 128mb is fine for most people, myself included.

I don't know anything about the Leadtek card, but I've read customer reviews that the MSI cards run too hot. But the MSI has VIVO so it's a hell of a good deal! Tough call man.

Personally, I went with Gigabyte 6600GT AGP. I trust their quality, and I like the all copper HSF design. Furthermore I know XFX had to revise their 6600GT AGP cards drastically because the HSF wasn't adequate, and it just so happens that XFX's new design is the same design Gigabyte used from the start ;) I'm very happy with my Gigabyte 6600GT AGP so far, just make sure you use the 71.80 drivers. :thumbsup:

rohit
02-03-05, 08:54 AM
is there a 6600GT with 256mb ddr3..?
havent heard of any.
if yes which n for how much?

Gator
02-03-05, 09:29 AM
is there a 6600GT with 256mb ddr3..?
havent heard of any.
if yes which n for how much?

Nah... I've only seen 256mb DDR on the 6600 non-GT which definetly aint worth it :thumbdwn: