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mwdowns 01-30-06 03:50 AM

6600 256MB vs. 6600GT 128MB
 
Hello everyone. :) Nice forum you have here! Been browsing around and saw lots of interesting stuff.

I'm looking to upgrade my crappy Radeon 9200SE AGP card (I know, I know...I just didn't get the "never buy an SE card" advice until after I had bought the card!).

At first, I was deciding between a Sapphire Radeon 9600XT and an ASUS Geforce 6600. I was advised in another forum that I should go with the Geforce 6600 and that I should ditch the vanilla and pick up a GT. Upon looking at the benchmarch scores on Tom's Hardware, I decided to go the Geforce way (I use Linux a lot and Nvidia seems to be less of a hassle with Linux).

However, I am still stuck between the vanilla card and the GT. The vanilla card is one with 256MB RAM, while the GT has 128MB. Also, the vanilla card is about 6000 yen (around 50 bucks) less than the GT. The vanilla is about 110 bucks, while the GT is about 160.

My game playing habits do not lean towards the Half Life, Call of Duty side of gaming. I mostly play stuff like Civilization, SimCity, StarCraft, and (more recently) A Tale in the Desert. I might try out WoW sometime...seems kinda interesting.

Also, I am hoping to get a year-plus or two or more out of the card (trying to milk my Athlon XP 2500+ for as much as I can!).

My questions are these: am I going to kick myself in the future for not getting the GT? Should I just bite the bullet and get the GT? Does the 256MB RAM for the vanilla card make much of a difference between the 128MB for the GT?

Thanks for your help.

My computer specs: Athlon XP 2500+, ASUS A7V8X-MX, 512MB PC2700 RAM (soon to be 1280MB).

Infinity666 01-30-06 03:54 AM

Re: 6600 256MB vs. 6600GT 128MB
 
GT all the way

shabby 01-30-06 06:47 AM

Re: 6600 256MB vs. 6600GT 128MB
 
Not only will you kick yourself for not getting the gt, but so will we... get the gt.
More memory will not help on a slower card.

mwdowns 01-30-06 07:36 AM

Re: 6600 256MB vs. 6600GT 128MB
 
Thanks for the replies!

OK. I don't want to be kicked. :) I'll get the GT.

Miser that I am, I went searching and found a cheaper (by about 1000 yen...I said miser) GT. The cheaper one is by Gigabyte. What are the differences between the manufacturers of the card?

Upon closer inspection, I noticed the memory speed for the ASUS is listed as 900mhz, while the Gigabyte is listed as 1000mhz. The Gigabyte one has a faster memory speed, but is less money. The only reason I could see is that the ASUS one comes with a Japanese manual (I live in Japan, so I am buying from a Japanese site).

Anyway, I'll be getting a GT pretty soon. Thanks again for your input.

nV`andrew 01-30-06 04:46 PM

Re: 6600 256MB vs. 6600GT 128MB
 
You could get the gigabyte one, even if it does not have a japanese manual, as you seem to read and write english quite fluently. Anyways, there is not too much of a difference in the card manufacturers. If the site has reviews, read the reviews on both the asus and gigabyte. The gigabyte looks like a good deal in this situation. Good luck with the upgrade!

mwdowns 01-30-06 05:03 PM

Re: 6600 256MB vs. 6600GT 128MB
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nV`andrew
You could get the gigabyte one, even if it does not have a japanese manual, as you seem to read and write english quite fluently. Anyways, there is not too much of a difference in the card manufacturers. If the site has reviews, read the reviews on both the asus and gigabyte. The gigabyte looks like a good deal in this situation. Good luck with the upgrade!

Thanks for the reply. I'll go with the Gigabyte.

Also, I'm not Japanese, just living in Japan! ;)

Gentle 01-30-06 06:31 PM

Re: 6600 256MB vs. 6600GT 128MB
 
As long as the memory modules are 2ns ram, most memory will clock to 1000MHz without an issue.

If you have 1.6ns ram (not common in recent time) you could clock to 1200MHz easily.

You will probably get 2.0ns ram.

Good luck.

Gentle

john19055 01-30-06 09:12 PM

Re: 6600 256MB vs. 6600GT 128MB
 
You should go with the 6600GT even though it has less memory because it will be faster in games and most come clocked at 500/1000 ,and most plain 6600 comes clocked at 300/500 on memory ,so with the memory being so slow the extra 128mbs really just don't help ,it just a quimick to get people to buy it.the extra money for the 6600GT is well worth it IMO.

mwdowns 01-31-06 07:11 AM

Re: 6600 256MB vs. 6600GT 128MB
 
Thanks for all the advice, folks. :)

I just ordered the Gigabyte Geforce 6600GT. Hopefully it'll be arriving in the mail soon. And I'll let you know how the install goes.

Again, thanks for your help.

Gentle 01-31-06 01:56 PM

Re: 6600 256MB vs. 6600GT 128MB
 
Few things to remember.

You need a power supply that cranks out a lot of AMPS on the +12v rail.

6600GT AGP needs a power lead plugged into the card. Prefereably nothing else sharing the lead. Don't know if your current card uses one or not...

If you have performance issues, look into uninstalling and reinstalling the motherboard GART driver for the AGP bus. It's easy and is often the solution to performance issues.

Gentle

mwdowns 02-01-06 01:56 AM

Re: 6600 256MB vs. 6600GT 128MB
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Gentle
Few things to remember.

You need a power supply that cranks out a lot of AMPS on the +12v rail.

6600GT AGP needs a power lead plugged into the card. Prefereably nothing else sharing the lead. Don't know if your current card uses one or not...

If you have performance issues, look into uninstalling and reinstalling the motherboard GART driver for the AGP bus. It's easy and is often the solution to performance issues.

Gentle

Thanks for the pointers, Gentle.

About the power supply...I have a 400W powersupply. I'm pretty sure I've got power to spare. My current card does use a power lead. I haven't opened up the case in a while, but I remember there being a lot of extra power leads. I should be OK.

I have no idea what you're talking about with the GART driver. :) But, if I have performcance issues, I'll be back!

One question: I downloaded the newest version of Nvidia's drivers. I'm going to assume that it would be better to use those instead of the drivers included on the CD that comes with the card. An OK assumption?

And I'm just going to use the ATI driver uininstall utility, turn off the computer, change cards, and then boot back up. That should get me where I need to be (as per installing the new drivers), right?

911medic 02-01-06 07:21 AM

Re: 6600 256MB vs. 6600GT 128MB
 
When switching from an ATI card to an nVidia one, you may find it beneficial to use DriverCleaner (www.drivercleaner.net). Instructions with the program.


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