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MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT

"In this article we test the new MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT against 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."


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
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0c

3DMARK 2005

1024x768

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT3236
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT1005
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO2124
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT1629

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

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
No Anti-Aliasing
Optimal Filtering
HLSL VS Target 2_0
HLSL PS Target 2_0
No Fixed Framerate

COMMENT "3dmark 2005 is the latest version of the 3dmark programs and only DX9 video cards are compatible. MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT manages to deliver an extra 35% performance compared to OCUK ATI Radeon 9700 Pro. The poor DX9 performance with the GeForce is clearly shown when MSI GeForce 5900 XT is beaten by Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600 XT by 39%."


3DMARK 2005 GAMES

RETURN TO PROXYCON

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT13
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT4
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO10
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT8

FIREFLY FOREST

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT10
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT4
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO6
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT5

CANYON FLIGHT

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT17
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT6
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO11
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT9

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

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
No Anti-Aliasing
Optimal Filtering
HLSL VS Target 2_0
HLSL PS Target 2_0
No Fixed Framerate

GEFORCE 6600 GT SPECIFIC

HLSL VS Target 3_0
HLSL PS Target 3_0

COMMENT " MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT is once again the fastest video card by between 24% to 40% compared to OCUK ATI Radeon 9700 Pro. Once again MSI GeForce 5900 XT is the slowest and Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600 XT beats it between 20% to 50%."


RIGHTMARK BETA 4

PIXEL SHADING (PS1.1)

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT1065
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT576
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO692
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT558

PIXEL SHADING (PS2.0)

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT291
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT53
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO203
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT157

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

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
32Bit colour Depth

COMMENT "The MSi NX 6600 GT shows that it is no1 where PS1.1 pixel shading is concerned with a huge 36% victory over the other video cards and then again in the PS2.0 pixel shading test with a 31% performance increase over the other video cards. Once again you can see the poor DX9 performance with MSI GeForce 5900 XT, it is beaten by MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT by a huge 82%. Most modern games will be using DX9 and you can clearly see that the GeForce range will offer very poor DX9 performance."


LOW QUALITY

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT89
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT66
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO67
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT57

MEDIUM QUALITY

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT70
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT44
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO44
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT33

HIGH QUALITY

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT41
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT31
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO24
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT15

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

COMMENT " MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT just loves the Doom Engine and here we see it delivering a performance increase between 25% to 38% which is pretty amazing. The ATI video cards put in some good performances especially considering that Doom 3 has always performed better on Nvidia hardware."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

High Quality
1024x768 Screen Size
Fullscreen Enabled
Vertical Sync Disabled
Demo1 Benchmark

LOW QUALITY

Bump Maps Disabled
Shadows Disabled
Special Effects Disabled
Specular Disabled
Antialiasing Disabled

MEDIUM QUALITY

Bump Maps Enabled
Shadows Disabled
Special Effects Enabled
Specular Enabled
Antialiasing Disabled

HIGH QUALITY

Bump Maps Enabled
Shadows Enabled
Special Effects Enabled
Specular Enabled
Anti-aliasing Enabled

HALF LIFE 2

COAST12

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT75
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT60
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO58
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT42

PRISON05

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT79
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT48
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO50
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT38

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

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

HIGH QUALITY

Model Detail High
Texture Detail High
Water Detail Reflect
Shadow Detail High
Shader Detail High
8x Anisotropic Filtering

COMMENT "With Half Life 2 MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT delivers a performance increase of between 20% to 37% over the other video cards. The good result shown for MSI GeForce 5900 XT is very misleading because unlike the other video cards it is using DX8. If it was to using DX9 like all of the other video cards then it's performance would be 50% less than shown."

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT

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

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