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  GeForce 6600GT AGP, as good as it gets? 
  Nov 17, 2004, 07:30am EST 

Rounding them all up

By: Sander Sassen

We could tell you exactly what the GeForce 6600GT AGP brings to the table in terms of features, but since we covered all of the major features of the 6-series in our evaluation of the GeForce 6800 Ultra, posted a few months ago, weíll just cut right to the chase. Whatís missing on the GeForce 6600GT AGP is 8-pipelines over the 6800 Ultra and 6800GT. The GeForce 6600GT AGP also has to make due without the SLI connector which enables the PCI-Express 6600 and 6800 series cards to virtually double their performance when two cards are used in a dual-slot x16 PCI-E motherboard. Apart from these differences the GeForce 6600GT AGP uses the same 128-bit memory interface as the PCI-E 6600 series, and has built in support for SM3.0 and DirextX 9.0c. NVIDIA didnít cut any corners in the video acceleration department either, offering the full set of features, including WMV9 acceleration as weíve seen from the PCI-E 6600 series.

Power connector

Unlike its PCI-E counterpart the 6600GT AGP features a power connector.

We set out to explore exactly how well the new GeForce 6600GT AGP stacks up to other AGP cards in its price category. In that category there are three graphic cards the 6600GT AGP has to compete with and thatís NVIDIAís own GeForce FX5900, ATIís Radeon 9800 Pro and Radeon 9800 XT. We used 3Dmark03 and 3Dmark05 to gauge synthetic performance, followed by benchmarks with Doom3 and Far Cry, and of course Half-Life 2, these last three games are set at a 1600x1200 resolutions without AA or AF and we used a pre-recorded demo that is a good indication of actual gameplay. We tested these graphic cards with a 3.4 GHz Pentium 4 EE processor on EpoXís 4PCA3+ i875P chipset motherboard with 1GB of OCZ DDR400 cas 2-2-2-5 memory, Windows XP SP2 and the latest WHQL drivers, ATI 4.11 and NVIDIA 66.93, available at the moment.

1. AGP or PCI-Express, or both?
2. Rounding them all up
3. Passing judgment
4. Pricing information

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