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msxyz
02-02-05, 05:47 AM
I'm completely satisfied. After careful considerations about which brand to pick, I've come to the conclusion that this is one of the best 6600GT out.

-1.6ns RAM clocked at 525MHz stock
-Massive copper cooler that covers both the bridge chip and the RAM modules
-Dual DVI
-HDTV output with "Voodoo 3500" style external connectors box (there's also a ViVo version)

If you're looking for an above the average 6600GT, this might be a good choice. :afro2:

Marcos
02-02-05, 06:50 AM
pci-e
?

msxyz
02-02-05, 07:17 AM
Nope, AGP

saturnotaku
02-02-05, 07:21 AM
Unfortunately for those of us stateside availability is a problem. I don't know of a single US retailer who sells this brand. :(

muaddib
02-02-05, 07:40 AM
Yeah they're known as one of the best; but to get ahold on one of their products is SO HARD! (Currently drooling over their 6800GU - 6800GT with 2 molexes, 1.6ns, NVS5 and more)...

msxyz
02-02-05, 08:39 AM
Odd that many brands are pulling out of the US market while remaining active in Europe. Usually we get our playtoys after the 'States and at a higher price.

Right now, I'm doing some benchmarks, mostly to check stability. I haven't experienced the lockups many people lament with fast writes enabled. On the CD there are also NVDVD, NVTV (?) and some WDM capture drivers although I'm quite sure the later is meant only for the ViVo version.

Mavke
02-02-05, 09:32 AM
I'm completely satisfied. After careful considerations about which brand to pick, I've come to the conclusion that this is one of the best 6600GT out.
Would you be able to make a backup of the BIOS of your card?
Cause I want to take a look at it to see what they have changed against the NVIDIA reference BIOS...

msxyz
02-02-05, 10:31 AM
mmmh I'm afraid this is actually a problem because I've dropped the floppy drive from my current PC. Unless you know an utility that let you dump the Nvidia bioses from Windows.

Channel Z
02-02-05, 03:44 PM
Would you be able to make a backup of the BIOS of your card?
Cause I want to take a look at it to see what they have changed against the NVIDIA reference BIOS...

Check this old thread in your forum, I submitted my Galaxy 6600GT AGP bios ages ago, and it never appeared in your download section.

http://www.mvktech.net/component/option,com_simpleboard/Itemid,34/func,view/id,6018/catid,13/limit,10/limitstart,0/

Also, my one is dual dvi, and has the 525/1050 speeds, but its mem is 2.0ns. Same with other users in Guru3D Forums.

msxyz
02-02-05, 04:12 PM
Also mine runs at 525 MHz; I haven't removed the heatsink yet (nor I want to do this yet) but I could safely overclock the RAM near the 1.2 GHz range, plus I was told by the dealer that this Galaxy uses 1.6ns.

Mavke
02-02-05, 04:15 PM
I submitted my Galaxy 6600GT AGP bios ages ago, and it never appeared in your download section.
I just want to get the new Galaxy 6600GT AGP BIOS... As it seems there is a newer one then the ones I have so it much be on the newest cards...

Channel Z
02-02-05, 05:04 PM
I just want to get the new Galaxy 6600GT AGP BIOS... As it seems there is a newer one then the ones I have so it much be on the newest cards...

The one I put in the forum is 5.43.02.41.00, a true Galaxy bios, with correct clock speeds for the card.

The only newer Galaxy bios Ive seen available is the one on their support page, which is 5.43.02.46.CC, which you already have. It is actually an AOpen bios, with reference card clock speeds, not the factory overclocked speeds of Galaxy's card.

Mavke
02-02-05, 05:59 PM
Well I got some extra feedback from Galaxy that there is a newer one with again good speeds like the first one :-)

Channel Z
02-02-05, 06:57 PM
http://www.szgalaxy.com/new/6/2005-2-1/2005211052192918.htm can anyone here translate this?

So are there any bioses newer than 5.43.02.46.xx?

TeaEtchSee
02-02-05, 08:46 PM
galaxy is the best:) i was gunna get me the 6600gt agp...but like mentioned earlier, there hard to find.

but i got my 6800gt Lead Tek for a bangin price..$350 w/ free next day shippin FEDEX

msxyz
02-03-05, 10:17 AM
I've very pleased about temeprature readings... They never get over 60 degrees and stay below 40 at idle. The fan is very quiet.

Oh, BTW Riva Tuner report that I've a NV43 stepping A4. That's sure a lot of revisions for a chip that made its debut six months ago.

Channel Z
02-03-05, 04:02 PM
A4, hmm i wonder whats changed, mine says A2

Id REALLY like to get a hold of your bios.

TeaEtchSee
02-03-05, 04:10 PM
ive seen these OCed 20%....they must have good cooling.

msxyz
02-04-05, 05:49 AM
Mine reaches 591 MHz using the auto-overclock feature :afro2:

saturnotaku
02-04-05, 05:52 AM
Odd that many brands are pulling out of the US market while remaining active in Europe.

Galaxy has never been in N. America to begin with. It's pretty odd considering that this is a US-based site and we have a Galaxy ad banner. But whatever. ;)

msxyz
02-05-05, 03:42 AM
Yep, I've seen the banner but I though it was just based on cookie detection. Anyway this card is very good. Not a single problem in stability after hours of playing. I must say I was quite reluctant to purchase a NV4x card after reading all those stories about lock-ups, instability, high temepratures, etc... maybe I was just lucky with this one, maybe I understimate my ability to build failproof PCs :D

Does anybody know what brings the A4 revision of this chip ? Is there someone else with this or a later revision ?

cuts
02-06-05, 06:16 PM
I'm completely satisfied. After careful considerations about which brand to pick, I've come to the conclusion that this is one of the best 6600GT out.

-1.6ns RAM clocked at 525MHz stock
-Massive copper cooler that covers both the bridge chip and the RAM modules
-Dual DVI
-HDTV output with "Voodoo 3500" style external connectors box (there's also a ViVo version)

If you're looking for an above the average 6600GT, this might be a good choice. :afro2:
nice card got one myself :afro:

cuts
02-06-05, 06:25 PM
The one I put in the forum is 5.43.02.41.00, a true Galaxy bios, with correct clock speeds for the card.

The only newer Galaxy bios Ive seen available is the one on their support page, which is 5.43.02.46.CC, which you already have. It is actually an AOpen bios, with reference card clock speeds, not the factory overclocked speeds of Galaxy's card.
wasnt that the one in the thread i started when i flashed mine with the one from galaxy website + needed to flash back.
worked like a charm got my card back to it rightfull speed :afro:
thanks btw

Gentle
02-07-05, 11:45 AM
Really want to test out your video card stability and thermal capabilities?

Run the RivaTuner card monitor, and use these..

rthdribl = Real-Time High Dynamic Range Image-Based Lighting
http://www.daionet.gr.jp/~masa/rthdribl/

3dc (*a demo)
http://www.humus.ca/index.php?page=3D&ID=49

Run them full screen for 2-5 minutes with the monitor running.

Look at your temperature then and see if it is stable.

Good luck.

Please note: If you run these windowed, your video card temperature monitoring will register higher temperatures. You don't game in a window, do you?

Gentle

msxyz
02-08-05, 09:27 AM
Running Nalu (more demanding than other demos) for 10 minutes results in the card peaking at 61 cent. So far this is the highest temperature I've registered. With Far Cry and Doom 3 temperature stays at 53-55 after hours of playing.

Consider that the inside temeprature of my case is quite low, since the processor is water cooled and the radiator is outside the case.