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Testbed and Methods

We set up the following platform to check out the performance of the GeForce 6600 GT:

  • Intel Pentium 4 560 CPU (Socket 775, 3.60GHz, 1MB L2 cache);
  • Intel Desktop Board D925CXC;
  • 2x512MB Micron Technology DDR2-533MHz SDRAM (PC2-4300);
  • Samsung SpinPoint SP0812C (Serial ATA-150, 8MB buffer);
  • Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2;
  • Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2, DirectX 9.0?;
  • ATI CATALYST 4.8, NVIDIA ForceWare 65.76.

For the comparison’s sake we offer the results of RADEON 9800 XT and GeForce FX 5950 Ultra, graphics cards of the older generation. We tested them on another testbed of the following configuration:

  • Athlon 64 3400+ CPU (2.20GHz, 1MB L1 cache);
  • ASUS K8V Deluxe mainboard;
  • OCZ PC-3200 Platinum EB DDR SDRAM (2x512MB, CL2.5-3-2-8);
  • Seagate 7200.7 HDD (SerialATA-150, 8MB buffer);
  • Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2;
  • Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2, DirectX 9.0c;
  • ATI CATALYST 4.8, NVIDIA ForceWare 61.77 (60.85 for 3DMark03).

To avoid any confusion, we mark the graphics cards tested on the AMD64 platform with an asterix sign. Like we do with any new graphics processor, we will run a full cycle of theoretical tests that reveal all the performance-related characteristics of the new solution, from fill rate to pixel shader execution speed. So, let’s proceed to the tests!

 
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