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MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT

"In this article we test the new MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT against the MSI GeForce 5900 XT, OCUK ATI Radeon 9700 Pro and Sapphire Fireblade ATI Radeon 9600 XT. The following software was used:- 3dmark 2003, 3dmark 2005, Doom 3, Half Life 2, Quake 3, Rightmark, Scrapland, Serious Sam SE and X2 the Threat."

NVIDIA GEFORCE 6600 GT CHIPSET FEATURES

Nvidia CineFX 3.0 engine.
64-bit texture filtering support delivers full-speed, high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting effects.
Unmatched image quality delivered through new 16x anisotropic filtering and rotated grid antialiasing.
4x shadow processing power with Nvidia UltraShadow II for next generation games.
Infinite program length allows for a new class of special effects.
Hardware-accelerated MPEG and WMV9 decode delivers smooth, artifact-free video.
Dedicated video hardware reduces CPU utilization and improves overall system performance.
On-chip video encoder and motion estimation engine provides high-quality encoding from TV tuner.
Programmable video engine ensures compatibility with future video codecs.
High-quality video scaling and filtering improves playback quality at any window size.
Integrated HDTV-output brings content from your desktop to your high-definition TV.
Nvidia ForceWare software delivers unmatched features and rock-solid stability.
High dynamic-range (HDR) rendering.
Nvidia UltraShadow II technology.
Nvidia Intellisample 3.0 technology.
Nvidia ForceWare Unified Driver Architecture (UDA).
Nvidia nView multi-display technology.
Nvidia Digital Vibrance Control 3.0.
On-chip video processor.
64-bit floating point texture filtering and blending.
Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 support.
OpenGL 1.5 support.
Superscalar GPU architecture.
128-bit memory interface with advanced memory control.
Innovative 0.11 micron process technology.
Operating Systems Support Windows XP / 2000.
Power supply of 350 (and up) watt is highly recommended for system stability.
Memory Interface: 128-bit.
Fill Rate (billion texels/sec.): 4.0.
Vertices/sec. (Million): 375.
Pixels per clock (peak): 8.
Ramdac (MHz): 400.
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All Chipset specs are derived from Nvidia data sheet. For your reference only.

REVOLUTIONARY DYNAMIC OVERCLOCKING

MSI ignites the cinematic computing revolution with the introduction of the most powerful interface of GeFORCE NX6600GT!!! With 2.1 GB per second data transferring rate, the ultra speed AGP 8x conquers the ultimate 3D frontier! Powered by the latest 64-bit floating point texture filtering and blending and designed with the industry's only true 128-bit precision processing-MSI NX6600GT & NX6600 Series graphic card take cinematic quality special effects to new levels.

DYNAMIC EXPRESS OVERCLOCKING TECHNOLOGY

MSI presents its best engineering process and design to maximize the overclocking! MSI exclusive NX6600GT & NX6600 series equips the most advanced Dynamic EXPRESS Overclocking Technology™, enabling the synchronized GPU & DDR overclocking performance up to 10% improvement by 6-level setting, Commander, General, Colonel, Captain, Sergeant and Private levels.

SUPERSCALAR GPU ARCHITECTURE

Skyrocketing bandwidth jump! New generation ultra speed architecture AGP-8x with 4 GB/sec data transferring rate, and almost 200% jump from 2.1 GB/sec AGP other interface. MSI makes all the gamers' eyes wide open with the latest NX6600GT & NX6600 VGA series! With the best engineering process, gamers could rock through all the fantastic DirectX 9.0 games with unprecedented experience.

MSI T.O.P. TECH COOLING

Continuing the MSI tradition of incorporating only the best engineering process and design techniques, the NX6600GT & NX6600 series take advantage of the most advanced and sophisticated T.O.P. TECH COOLING technology. This advanced ventilation cooling mechanism enables higher performance through faster clock rates, while still remains in comparable low GPU temperature, a perfect craft for a perfect graphics from MSI.

NVIDIA CINEFX 3.0 ENGINE

Advanced pixel shaders in the new CineFX 3.0 engine deliver up to double the floating-point pixel shader power of previous-generation GPUs, allowing for faster, more efficient execution of even the most complex pixel shading tasks. In addition, CineFX 3.0 continues to deliver the highest level of image quality and film-industry levels of precision through true 128-bit precision computing, enabling special effects on par with Hollywood films.

REVOLUTIONARY FEATURES

Owners of MSI NX6600GT & NX6600 Series will appreciate revolutionary features as:

1. Dynamic EXPRESS Overclocking Technology™ advanced overclocking engine, designed to deliver up to 10% extra performance, greatly enhances the synchronized GPU & DDR performance without complicated setting and overheated problem.

2. T.O.P. TECH COOLING This advanced ventilation cooling mechanism enables 8°C lower cooling performance than the original cooling system, while still remains in comparable low fan noise level at 28db.

3. High-speed GDDR3 memory interface Support for industry-leading high-speed GDDR3 memory delivers fluid frame rates for even the most advanced and games and applications.


NAME CHIPSET GPU SPEED MEMORY UK PRICE US PRICE
MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT NV43 500MHZ 128MB 900MHZ DDR3 £115 $180
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT NV35 390MHZ 128MB 700MHZ DDR £109 $176
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO R300 325MHZ 128MB 620MHZ DDR £84 $159
SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9600 XT RV360 500MHZ 128MB 650MHZ DDR £76 $125
NAME CHIPSET GPU SPEED MEMORY UK PRICE US PRICE

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD SEMPRON 3100
VIDEO CARD MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT
ATI DRIVER CATALYST v5.3
NVIDIA DRIVER FORCEWARE v71.84
MOTHERBOARD GIGABYTE K8NS PRO
MEMORY 2x 512MB OCZ GOLD XTC PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 2
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0c

3DMARK 2003

1024x768

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT7444
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT5124
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO4986
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT4062

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9600 XT

COMMENT "The MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT puts in an amazing performance and finishes 32% faster than the MSi GeForce 5900 XT, 34% faster than the OCUK ATi Radeon 9700 Pro and 46% faster than the Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600 XT."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
No Pixel Processing
Optimal Texture Filtering
4x Max Anisotropy
Optimal Vertex Shaders
No Repeat Tests
No Fixed Framerate

3DMARK 2003 GAMES

WINGS OF FURY

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT191
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT167
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO176
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT144

BATTLE OF PROXYCON

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT57
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT37
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO32
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT25

TROLL'S LAIR

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT48
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT30
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO29
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT23

MOTHER NATURE

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT45
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT31
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO32
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT28

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9600 XT

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
No Pixel Processing
Optimal Texture Filtering
4x Max Anisotropy
Optimal Vertex Shaders
No Repeat Tests
No Fixed Framerate

COMMENT "The MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT puts in a very good performance with 3dmark 2003 and beats the MSI GeForce 5900 XT by 23% in total, the OCUK ATI Radeon 9700 Pro by 22% in total and the Sapphire ATi Radeon 9600 XT by 36% in total."


3DMARK 2003 FILLRATE

SINGLE TEXTURING

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT1502
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT1276
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO1394
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT1001

MULTI TEXTURING

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT3862
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT2768
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO2488
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT1947

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9600 XT

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
No Pixel Processing
Optimal Texture Filtering
4x Max Anisotropy
Optimal Vertex Shaders
No Repeat Tests
No Fixed Framerate

COMMENT "The single texturing fillrate is close between the four video cards, the real action is in the multi texturing fillrate test. The MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT uses DDR3 memory which allows it to beat all of the video cards by a very impressive 29%."


3DMARK 2003 OTHER

VERTEX SHADER

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT22
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT16
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO16
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT13

PIXEL SHADER

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT112
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT34
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO45
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT39

RAGTROLL

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT31
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT16
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO20
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT16

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9600 XT

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
No Pixel Processing
Optimal Texture Filtering
4x Max Anisotropy
Optimal Vertex Shaders
No Repeat Tests
No Fixed Framerate

COMMENT "Good pixel and vertex shader performance is very important for good game performance. The vertex shader test is very basic and the results for the four video cards are close, however the MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT still manages to deliver a 28% performance increase over the other video cards. The MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT destroys the other video cards in the pixel shader test with a HUGE 60% performance advantage which is very impressive."

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT

PAGE 1 MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT INTRODUCTION
PAGE 2 3DMARK 2005, RIGHTMARK AND HALF LIFE
PAGE 3 QUAKE 3, SERIOUS SAM SE AND X2 THE THREAT

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