NVIDIA has really turned it around lately with their GeForce 6 series. After a few scraps that had ATI being on top, the momentum is swinging back to them a little bit. The mid-range cards are the ones that really generate the revenue for companies and today we’re going to take a look at Leadtek’s version of the GF 6600GT in the WinFast PX6600 GT TDH
The WinFast PX6600 GT TDH
features the NV43 GPU and it’s built on the 0.11 micron process. Features of the chipset include 8 pixel pipelines with 3 vertex units. To help make up for the cut in pipelines, the card is clocked high at 500MHz for the GPU and 500MHz (1GHz DDR) for the memory. The potential memory bandwidth is 14. GB/s and the fill rate have a theoretical rate of 4 billion texels/s. Onboard is 128MB of memory. And since its part of the NV40 process, the card chipset has all the feature support that the higher end parts do. So, for example, if you want Shader Model 3.0 for an inexpensive price the GeForce 6600 series is the one to get. The WinFast PX6600 GT TDH
is a PCI-Express card so you’ll need a PCI-E capable motherboard to use this card. Fear not if you have an AGP motherboard as Leadtek does have an AGP version of this card and we do have it in our office but that will be a subject of a later article.
Physically, the card is one of the shorter ones that I’ve seen recently. Thank goodness as I was getting tired of these elongated cards. Leadtek seems to have done away with the mesh screen cooler, opting for an open fan design. Some people liked it, some don’t so those that hated the mesh screen will be happy to see it gone. Since the PCI-Express offers 75W of power, there is no external power connector in the PCI-E card. For those that are wanting SLI, the WinFast PX6600 GT TDH
features the capability to link two cards together. Finally, one VGA, one DVI, and one breakout box connector encompasses the connection options for this card.
Leadtek’s bundle has always been pretty good and they have enough software here to really bring this package up in value. You get a DVD player, Coloreal software, and two good games in Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell : Pandora Tomorrow.
Our test setup includes:
2 OCZ PC3200 256MB of ram
ATI Radeon 200P microATX motherboard
120 GIG Maxtor 7200RPM HD
Windows XP w/ Service Pack 2
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