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Old 03-25-06, 04:35 PM   #1
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Default 6600 or 6600GT on such slow CPU? Also about image quality of different brands

Hello.
I will probaby make my PC a bit more sensible when it comes to recent games, and been looking mostly at Nvidia stuff (Linux support).

The machine is based on Athlon XP 1700+ (Palomino, so overclocking is out of the question) on SiS746FX (AGP, single channel memory), and it is very unlikelly this will change - next upgrade will be in far future = PCIe so I won't be able to use soon-to-be-bought AGP GFX card anyway (so no point in buying "for the future")
The question is: which card won't be unnecessary (given the CPU) overkill? I suppose GF6600 over 6200A is worth it, but 6600GT over regular 6600? It costs 1/3 more, so what's the point if it would give only, for example, 5% increase in performance (if any)
Also, supposedly 6 series cards accelerate decoding of WMV HD and H.264. Are there any differences in capabilities when it comes to video decoding between 6600 and 6600GT?

Also, I have an Eizo monitor running 1280x1024@90Hz, so image quality problems could be noticeable for me, especially since I use GFX card with extremmelly good image quality (and because I usually have eye/head pain if image quality isn't great)...
So...which manufacturer would give best analogue image quality? From what I see, I can choose here among MSI, Leadtek, Asus, Gigabyte, Galaxy (?) and Gainward...
Oh, and it would be nice if noise would be low...
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Old 03-25-06, 09:06 PM   #2
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Default Re: 6600 or 6600GT on such slow CPU? Also about image quality of different brands

hmm, if you're talking just 2d, both the 6600 and the 6200 will have comparable quality, but if you're going to be gaming i'd definetly suggest a 6600, and i doubt the 6600 GT would be worth the price for you considering how old of a system you have
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Old 03-25-06, 09:45 PM   #3
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Well you'd be able to run everything 4xAA 8xAF with no relative performance hit on your slow CPU. I doubt you'd be able to do that with 6200 or even 6600 (maybe).
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Default Re: 6600 or 6600GT on such slow CPU? Also about image quality of different brands

Are you sure that the system would not take a hit running with the 4X antialiasing?

I've got a 2100+ and I think it takes a hit on my 6600GT AGP.

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Old 03-27-06, 10:18 PM   #5
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Are you sure that the system would not take a hit running with the 4X antialiasing?

I've got a 2100+ and I think it takes a hit on my 6600GT AGP.

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Depends on the game. Of course 4x takes a hit all the time, but if you can still get over 60 FPS then what difference does it make?

Most games should be CPU limited at 2 GHz.
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Old 03-27-06, 10:24 PM   #6
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Ocourse it will take a hit running FSAA4x but if you are looking for a card that will hold you over for a little while,then IMO I would at least get the 6600GT because of the higher clocked core and the faster DDR3 memory.
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