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capecod
10-09-05, 01:06 PM
Hi ive got 100 pound to spend and have seen both these graphics cards which one would you go for? GeCube RADEON 9600PRO 256MB Encore Edition Club 3D or a Geforce 6600 256Mb Ddr Agp Dvi Tvo? OR ANY OTHER TIPS CHEERS

my pc is 2.66mhz
1024 333ram
xp windows
and a shocking fx5200 pci 128 card

Rytr
10-09-05, 01:13 PM
The 6600 would be a nice upgrade for your present system.

mx125race
10-09-05, 01:15 PM
dont you mean 2.66ghz <--? lol...I have the 6600 256mb, its a great card. I recommend that over an ATi. Or you could go with 6800 128mb which is even better but may cost a little mroe depending where you are buying from. If it's between those two, go with the 6600 256mb, mine is by PNY. on PNY's website, they are selling a 6800 128mb for $200 USD, not sure what that is in pounds.

good luck

Kojiro
10-09-05, 01:20 PM
6600 256MB is the better card. Note that video memory is not everything.
Infact manufacturers oftern put 256mb on slow GPUs to fool n00bs. The 6600GT can outperform the 256 MB non GT version, Radeon 9800 XT 256MB, And Geforce 5950 Ultra even with only 128MB of vram.

capecod
10-09-05, 01:25 PM
this one is made by club? not sure ive heard of them before its 79 pound
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/tg/stores/detail/-/electronics/B0007W5L8M/system-requirements/ref=ed_tec_dp_2_1/202-3572793-6647053

Rytr
10-09-05, 01:38 PM
Probably reference design but the extra ram won't give you much extra. Still, better than your option. I was not impressed with the 9600Pro as I got much better overall performance with the 9600XT.
I have a 6600 with 128MB ram. I did a review of it sometime back in which it did very well. I can run HL2 at 1280x1024, 2xAA/8xAF with no problems. The 256MB should help some in the newer games...of course, depending on the type of ram and speed. Also the 128 memory bus probably will hinder performance with 256MB ram but nothing to be concerned with between your choices.
Still, a worthy upgrade from the FX5200.;)

SLippe
10-09-05, 02:07 PM
I just recently got the BFG 6800 OC (128MB) and it really out-performs my former 5950 Ultra. The 5950U got 1512 on 3dmark05 (overclocked at 560/1.04) and my new 6800 OC (overclocked more at 400/800) got 4146 on the same benchmark. If you can get a GT of any series, that will be the non-GT, obviously. Just keep searching.

Toss3
10-09-05, 02:32 PM
Hi ive got 100 pound to spend and have seen both these graphics cards which one would you go for? GeCube RADEON 9600PRO 256MB Encore Edition Club 3D or a Geforce 6600 256Mb Ddr Agp Dvi Tvo? OR ANY OTHER TIPS CHEERS

my pc is 2.66mhz
1024 333ram
xp windows
and a shocking fx5200 pci 128 card
Get a 6800(128mb)oc or a 6600gt 128mb.... 256mb of ram on either of the cards
you mentioned is a waste imo :o My friend had a 9600 with 256mb ram and he didn't gain anything with the extra 128mb!

keith33
10-09-05, 03:49 PM
Get a 6800(128mb)oc or a 6600gt 128mb.... 256mb of ram on either of the cards
you mentioned is a waste imo :o My friend had a 9600 with 256mb ram and he didn't gain anything with the extra 128mb!

Agreed, stop wasting time with the 6600 vanilla, get a GT off ebay.

mx125race
10-09-05, 11:37 PM
Agreed, stop wasting time with the 6600 vanilla, get a GT off ebay.

make sure, if u get it, that you 6600GT has good cooling. Don't just have stock stuff on it, get a better heatsink and fan.

slick
10-10-05, 12:27 AM
make sure, if u get it, that you 6600GT has good cooling. Don't just have stock stuff on it, get a better heatsink and fan.

Stock will run a 6600GT just fine, as long as you don't overclock too much, and there aren't many options (if any at all) for alternate cooling solutions for a 6600GT, other than water cooling, which is overtly expensive, especially for overclocking a 6600GT...

On a side note, some brands do make coolers better than others. If I had to suggest one it would be the Leadtek, though it may not have ramsinks and a huge CPU heatsink, it has a gigantic fan that moves lots of air, and lots of active air cooling is better than a passive heatsink that doesn't get any airflow. That's just me though.