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NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT and 6600 (NV43): Part 1 - Performance.


  1. Official specifications
  2. Architecture
  3. Video cards' features
  4. Testbed configurations, benchmarks, 2D quality
  5. Synthetic tests in D3D RightMark
  6. Synthetic tests in 3DMark03: FillRate Multitexturing
  7. Synthetic tests in 3DMark03: Vertex Shaders
  8. Synthetic tests in 3DMark03: Pixel Shaders
  9. Test results: Quake3 ARENA
  10. Test results: Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
  11. Test results: Return to Castle Wolfenstein
  12. Test results: Code Creatures DEMO
  13. Test results: Unreal Tournament 2003
  14. Test results: Unreal II: The Awakening
  15. Test results: RightMark 3D
  16. Test results: TRAOD
  17. Test results: FarCry
  18. Test results: Call Of Duty
  19. Test results: HALO: Combat Evolved
  20. Test results: Half-Life2(beta)
  21. Test results: Splinter Cell
  22. Test results: DOOM III
  23. Test results: 3DMark03 Game1
  24. Test results: 3DMark03 Game2
  25. Test results: 3DMark03 Game3
  26. Test results: 3DMark03 Game4
  27. Test results: 3DMark03 MARKS
  28. Conclusions

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter

GeForce 6600GT vs. OTHER CARDS GeForce 6600GT vs. GeForce 6800/6800GT GeForce 6600

The easiest modes without AA and anisotropy: 6600GT demonstrates excellent results in the battle against X600XT (if would have been strange otherwise) and PCX5900. The battle against the "emulators" is still a failure. The reason may still be the same, I have already written about it above. But 6600 is doing fine! This video card demonstrated parity with PCX5900, which is higher in price. To say nothing of PCX5750, which is simply destroyed. A little advantage over X600XT certifies that with slower memory installed in 6600 they will be approximately equal (which is again an advantage of 6600 as a cheaper product).

With enabled AA: it's interesting to note the defeat due to insufficient memory bandwidth, but not so global as in the previous test. It even outscored R9800PRO and PCX5900 with their 256-bit bus! This is another proof that the drivers must be optimized! This is very important. The defeat from 6800LE can be explained by the difference in memory bandwidth (we haven't reduced the frequencies in this card). And of course an excellent victory over X600XT! But what concerns the strife with the "emulators", the picture is the same as in the previous test. GeForce 6600 outscored its more expensive competitor X600XT (the bus is the same as well as the memory bandwidth), but it couldn't overcome PCX5900 (which is pardonable for a cheaper device).

With enabled anisotropy: Excellent victory of 6600GT over R9800PRO! X600XT and PCX5900 also got a licking. The battle with the "emulators" is closing to a draw (the more critical is the core, the less should the difference be). 6600 is also all right!

The final heaviest mode with AA and anisotropy: 6600GT outscored R9800PRO, but it lost to 6800LE. Though X600XT and PCX5900 are knocked out. GeForce 6600 won the battle in all respects!

Thus, on the whole:

  • GeForce 6600GT versus RADEON 9800 PRO (ATHLON64 3400+) – victory!
  • GeForce 6600GT versus GeForce PCX5900 – victory!
  • GeForce 6600GT versus RADEON X600XT – victory!
  • GeForce 6600GT – GeForce 6800LE (ATHLON64 3400+) – defeat (quite normal, it's up to the 256-bit bus...)
  • GeForce 6600GT 325/700 MHz versus GeForce 6800 (8/3) 325/350 MHz (ATHLON64 3400+) – defeat (still not clear)
  • GeForce 6600GT 350/1000 MHz versus GeForce 6800GT PCX (8/3) 350/500 MHz – the same picture
  • GeForce 6600 300/600 MHz versus GeForce PCX5900 – victory! (over a more expensive competitor!)
  • GeForce 6600 300/600 MHz versus GeForce PCX5750 – I think there is no point to comment, even PCX5900 is defeated
  • GeForce 6600 300/600 MHz versus RADEON X600XT – victory!

What concerns overclocking 6600GT, the performance gain is almost proportional to frequency increase (18%) or even a little higher.

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Andrey Vorobiev (anvakams@ixbt.com)
Alexander Medvedev (unclesam@ixbt.com)

07 September, 2004

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