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ASUS Extreme N6600GT (GeForce 6600 GT PCIe)
By Vincent Chang
Category : Graphics
Published by Vijay Anand on Monday, 20th June, 2005
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


Moving Down the Pecking Order

With the imminent launch of NVIDIA's next generation G70 graphics processor, we expect readers to be eagerly awaiting our coverage of this new chip. While we promise to reveal the details when the time is right, the release of a new chip inevitably depresses the prices of existing products as performance is brought to the next level. Meaning that current mid-range offerings like the NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT would probably end up moving down to a lower price and performance category in the near future. This would be good news for those budget conscious buyers. In short, for those looking for a relatively cheap but decent performing graphics processor that probably has another good year or two left in it, bargain hunting starts soon. To help you decide which card is for you, we have a couple of PCI Express based GeForce 6600GT cards in our labs and we shall be giving our thoughts on them in the next few reviews (for AGP based options, please refer to our shootout article). First off, we have the ASUS Extreme N6600GT 128MB for the PCI Express.

The ASUS Extreme N6600GT 128MB.

As we have covered the performance and graphics core of the GeForce 6600GT in previous articles, please refer to them in our relevant links section for more information. Here briefly are the technical specifications for the ASUS Extreme N6600GT 128MB.

ASUS Extreme N6600GT Technical Specifications
Graphics Engine
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT GPU
    • Stock 2D GPU clock = 300MHz
    • Stock 3D GPU clock = 500MHz
    • 8 pixel rendering pipelines
    • 3 vertex pipelines (geometry engines)
    • 128-bit DDR3 memory controller
  • CineFX 3.0 Shading Engine
    • Vertex Shaders
      • Support for DX 9.0 Vertex Shader 3.0
      • Displacement Mapping
      • Vertex Frequency Stream Divider (Geometry Instancing)
      • Infinite length vertex programs (supported in hardware)
    • Pixel Shaders
      • Support for DX 9.0 Pixel Shader 3.0
      • Full pixel branching support
      • Multiple Render Targets (MRTs)
      • Infinite length pixel programs (supported in hardware)
    • Texturing Engine Features
      • Up to 16 textures per rendering pass
      • Support  for 16-bit and 32-bit floating point formats
      • Support for sRGB texture format for gamma textures
      • DirectX and S3TC texture compression
    • Full 128-bit FP Precision Graphics Pipeline
      • Native support for 32 / 64 / 128 bits per pixel rendering modes
  • UltraShadow II Technology (accelerates shadow computations)
  • Intellisample 3.0 Technology
    • 16x Anisotropic Filtering
    • Adaptive Texture Filtering
    • Rotated Grid Antialiasing
    • Fast antialiasing and compression performance
    • Loss-less Color, Texture and Z-Data Compression algorithms (in real time)
    • Fast Z-clear
    • High-resolution Compression Technology (HCT) increases performance at high resolutions.
  • Advanced Video and Display Functionality
    • Dedicated on-chip video processor
      • MPEG video encode and decode
      • WMV9 decode acceleration
      • Advanced adaptive de-interlacing
      • High quality video scaling and filtering
    • Integrated NTSC/PAL TV encoder support resolutions up to 1024x768 with built-in Macrovision copy protection
    • DVD and HDTV-ready MPEG-2 decoding up to 1920x1080i resolutions
    • Dual 400MHz RAMDACs that support resolutions of 2048x1536@85Hz
    • Dual DVO ports for interfacing external TMDS transmitters and external TV/HDTV encoder
    • Microsoft Video Mixing Renderer (VMR)
    • nView Multi-display Technology
  • Digital Vibrance Control (DVC) 3.0
  • NVIDIA High-Precision Dynamic-Range (HPDR) Technology
  • Advanced thermal monitoring and thermal management
Graphics Memory
  • 128MB Graphic DDR3 SDRAM
  • Default memory clock = 1000MHz DDR
  • 128-bit memory interface
RAMDAC
  • Dual integrated 10-bit per channel 400 MHz DACs that support resolutions of 2048x1536@85Hz
  • Integrated 165 MHz TMDS transmitter (DVI 1.0 compliant and HDCP ready)
Connectors
  • 1 x analog VGA connector
  • 1 x DVI-I connector
  • 1 x S-Video output
Drivers & Software
  • Driver support for Windows  98 / Me / 2000 / XP
  • Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising
  • ASUS DVD
  • CyberLink PowerDirector 3DE
  • CyberLink MediaShow 2.0SE
Other Information
  • 16-lane PCI Express expansion slot required

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