NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT Assaults Mainstream Gaming Market. Page 9
[09/07/2004 05:39 AM | Graphics]
by Alexey Stepin , Tim Tscheblockov, Anton Shilov
Despite of not being the most highly-anticipated graphics processor of the year, the NV43, also known as the GeForce 6600, delivers just everything you would expect from a mainstream graphics card with some proof for the future: powerful architecture, support for Shader Model 3.0 and great thermal and power consumption characteristics. But how well does it perform in modern games?
Painkiller feels better on the AMD platform, which sets a lower ceiling for the graphics card, as the RADEON 9800 XT confirms in 1024x768. But if we compare the numbers for higher resolutions, the GeForce 6600 GT seems preferable. Well, even the GeForce 6600 easily achieves a playable fps rate.
Brisk in the lowest resolution, the GeForce 6600 GT soon falls behind the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra and the RADEON 9800 XT. We blame the same 128-bit memory bus again – it is the real bottleneck that prevents the graphics card from performing better. Well anyway, the speed of the GeForce 6600 GT is enough for comfortable play.
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