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Old 04-22-05, 01:55 AM   #1
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Default Linux friendly 6600

Hi all,

I am looking to get out of the ATI nightmare and jump into the smooth sailing Nvidia VGA ship

Currently have a 9800SE

I am looking at the 6600 as the card for me both budget and performance.

Was curious is there any particular branded 6600's that are more Linux (Mandriva) friendly then the others ???

Great forum, i have been lurking
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Old 04-22-05, 07:45 PM   #2
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6600 seems to be *very* unstable using the current Linux drivers.
I've got a couple of 5900 and 5700 working just fine.
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Old 04-22-05, 08:24 PM   #3
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Pretty much any are friendly.
They all use the same chipset...
I like my 6200 mod 6600. A bit slower than my old 5950u at quake3 but easily stomps it in doom3.
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Old 04-23-05, 12:41 PM   #4
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Hi,

after some trouble on start up, I got my 6600GT working like I love her.
I'm using a WinFast A6600GT AGP, since the brand was important for you. The card is running on a SUSE 64-bit system with driver 7167.

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Old 04-23-05, 03:04 PM   #5
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6600 seems to be *very* unstable using the current Linux drivers.
I've got a couple of 5900 and 5700 working just fine.
I just want to say that I have been using a 6600GT in Suse for the past 3 months or so and have never had any significant problems. 3d performance is as good as I expected it to be.

Certainly no stability problems, actually a quick search on the forums shows nothing of the kind...
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Old 04-23-05, 03:38 PM   #6
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Default Re: Linux friendly 6600

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Originally Posted by gilboa
6600 seems to be *very* unstable using the current Linux drivers.
I can only speak for myself, but I agree with the above statement -- I've been having a nightmare with my 6600GT. I'm using an XFX 6600GT PCIe (the non-overclocked version -- XFX also sells an "extreme gamer edition" or something)

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Old 04-24-05, 05:06 AM   #7
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I just want to say that I have been using a 6600GT in Suse for the past 3 months or so and have never had any significant problems. 3d performance is as good as I expected it to be.

Certainly no stability problems, actually a quick search on the forums shows nothing of the kind...
Can you post some some configuration please?
(machine config, /proc/driver/nvidia/* and nvclock core/mem clock numbers?)

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Old 04-24-05, 06:56 AM   #8
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until now i've an FX5900 XT in use.

i'm looking forward to upgrade, and i thought a 6600GT would be a good choice.

also my cpu is an Athlon XP, ca ~3000+.

what would be a better solution:

upgrade to an A64 or something and an 6600GT PCIe, or keep my cpu and hurry for an 6800 or something ?

also, are there any benchmarks comparing a 6600GT to an FX5900XT ?
i'm afraid that an 6600 GT won't offer more performance than the FX5900 XT as
both cards have 8 pipes and the 5900 has 256 bits memory instead of 128.
ok, mem is clocked as 1000MHz edr instad of 700 MHz edr, but still
16GB/s burst bandwith vs. 22,4 GB/s
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Old 04-24-05, 04:52 PM   #9
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I'd stick ro the FX5900... In retrospect, I should have done the same.
My FX5900/256MB was rock solid, I wanted to move it to another machine, so I bought the FX6600.
Since then, nothing but trouble.
I can't say that the FX6600GT is faster (et and ut2004 seem to run the same... didn't have a chance to try it under Doom3) and my machine went from rock solid (up-time in months) to crash every 20minutes (when running OpenGL applications.)

Again, I'd stick to your current setup.

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Old 04-24-05, 06:05 PM   #10
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Thx for the info

after comparing prices somewhat, i think i won't buy a
6600GT ... the agp version is 165,- while a 6800LE is only 149.

ok, in UT2004 the framerate wile playing online is limited to 80fps anyway,
so there is no reason to upgrade.

but doom3 runs at ~20-30 fps

another question: so you think i should stick with the Athlon XP CPU or get an A64 ?
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Old 04-24-05, 06:17 PM   #11
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It depends... Your current CPU (Barton 3000?) can give an Athlon 64 2800-3200 a run for their money. Same goes for your current 5900XT.
Even if you go crazy and buy a Athlon FX55/939 and a FX6800U, you'll hardly double your gaming performance. (Assuming that you mostly game on this machine.)

Let me put this way:
I were you, I'd stick with the Athlon XP 3000/FX5900XT till the dual core Athlon 64 is released (June?), this should drive the prices down and improve performance. (You can either slower dual core or faster single core for the same price.)
Plus, by then the price of true 6800s (AKA not -LE) should be more reasonable.

If you really can't wait, find the cheapest FX600GT and pray to god it won't XId your to death...

Having said all that, as I write this, I'm busy ebaying for two new Opteron 250 CPUs and I just ordered 2GB of memory for my new workstation, so don't trust anything I say
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Old 04-24-05, 06:29 PM   #12
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that sounds like an reasonable good idea, and the next thingy is the mobo,
there are no PCI-express mobos with other chipsets out there then the nForce 4 family,
and i'm waiting for some other chipstes to arrive (sis756 or the K8T890). this will
aid an drop on the mobo prizes - maybe i should slow down gaming and
do something for my "bachelor"-thesis

Thank You.

btw: the cpu is an xp2600+ running with fsb frequ. of 185 MHz, so
clockspeed is 2128 MHz. this should be in the range of an XP 3000+ (either 2100MHz 200 FSB, or 2167MHz 166 FSB)
it is _NOT_ a Barton running at 3000MHz ... and i don't think this would be possible.
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