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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

QUAKE 3

HIGH QUALITY

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT309
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT307
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO306
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT300

ULTRA HIGH QUALITY

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT302
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT294
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO291
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT253

EXTREME QUALITY

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT248
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT184
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO183
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT138

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

COMMENT "The high quality setting is very cpu limited so all of the video cards deliver atlast 300 frames per second. As we increase the image quality settings the other three video cards start to fall away when Quake 3 becomes less cpu limited and more video card limited. Using extreme quality which uses 4x anti-aliasing and 8x anisotropic filtering MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT shows what it can really do and delivers a 26% performance increase over the other video cards."
BENCHMARK SETTINGS
Default GLdriver
GL Extensions on
1024x768 Video Mode
32Bit Colour Depth
Fullscreen on
Lightmap Lighting
32Bit Texture Quality
Demo four.dm_66
HIGH QUALITY
Geometic Detail Medium
75% Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering
ULTRA HIGH QUALITY
Geometic Detail High
Texture Detail Full
Trilinear Texture Filtering
EXTREME QUALITY
Geometic Detail High
Texture Detail Full
8x Anisotropic Filtering
4x Anti-Aliasing

SCRAPLAND

LOW QUALITY

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT123
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT114
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO121
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT99

MEDIUM QUALITY

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT96
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT55
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO70
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT57

HIGH QUALITY

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT51
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT31
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO32
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT30

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

COMMENT "Scrapland starts off pretty close but with only MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT and OCUK ATI Radeon 9700 Pro delivering performances in the 120's. As the image quality increases all of the video cards start to drift apart and MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT's performance advantage grows to 28%. Notice how Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600 XT has suddenly overtaken MSI GeForce 5900 XT to capture 3rd place. Using high quality settings MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT has once again increased it's performance advantage but this time to an amazing 38%."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Video Mode
Vsync Disabled
Crazy Gambler Level

LOW QUALITY

Bilinear Texture Filtering
Low Texture Detail
Shadows Disabled
Fog Disabled
Bloom Disabled
Motion Blur Disabled
Deformation Disabled

MEDIUM QUALITY

Trilinear Texture Filtering
Medium Texture Detail
Shadows Disabled
Fog Enabled
Bloom Enabled
Motion Blur Enabled
Deformation Enabled

HIGH QUALITY

8x Anisotropic Filtering
High Texture Detail
Low Shadows Enabled
Fog Enabled
Bloom Enabled
Motion Blur Enabled
Deformation Enabled

SERIOUS SAM SE

CITADEL

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT149
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT127
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO135
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT121

ELEPHANT ATRIUM

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT182
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT126
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO97
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT89

GRAND CATHEDRAL

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT116
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT103
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO89
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT81

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

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
Fullscreen Enabled
Extreme Quality Settings
Large Texture Size
Optimal Texture Quality
Detail Textures Enabled

COMMENT " MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT runs Serious Sam SE very well and especially using the Elephtant Atrium demo. The Citadel demo is cpu limited which is why all of the video cards results are fairly close together which is why MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT is only 10% faster than the second placed OCUK ATI Radeon 9700 Pro. The Elephant Atrium is more video card limited and MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT is able to deliver a big performance advantage over the second placed MSI GeForce 5900 XT of 31%. The Grand Cathedral demo is another cpu limited demo however MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT is still able to deliver an 12% performance increase over the second placed MSI GeForce 5900 XT which was good."


X2 THE THREAT

AVERAGE

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT100
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT92
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO87
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT76

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

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
Fullscreen Enabled
Auto Quality Enabled
Anti-aliasing Disabled
Bumpmaps Enabled
Shadows Disabled

COMMENT "X2 the Threat is a game which favours Nvidia video cards rather than ATI so it wasn't unexpected to see both of the two Nvidia based video cards beating the ATI video cards. Although MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT wins it can only offer a modest 8% performance increase over MSI GeForce 5900 XT."


FINAL RESULT

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT2135
MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT1762
OCUK ATI RADEON 9700 PRO1743
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT1499

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

COMMENT "Here we have added up all of the game benchmark frame rates to produce a score which reflects the video cards performance. MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT offers an 18% performance advantage over the second placed MSI GeForce 5900 XT, 19% performance advantage over OCUK ATI Radeon 9700 Pro and a 30% performance advantage over Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600 XT."

CONCLUSION "It was a very impressive showing by MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT which usually offered a large performance increase over MSI GeForce 5900 XT, OCUK ATI Radeon 9700 Pro and Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600 XT. As expected both MSI GeForce 5900 XT and OCUK ATI Radeon 9700 Pro both performed pretty much the same with the budget Sapphire ATi Radeon 9600 XT close behind."

ULTIMATEHARDWARE.NET AWARD THE MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT 9/10

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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