Gigabyte 6600 256 Mb Turbo Force Video Card review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by piotke @ 2005-08-30

With the introduction of PCI express only a few high end VGA cards were available, now that we have low/mid range it?s time to see how they stack up to their big brothers. The 6600GT is a mid-range card, let?s find out if it is worth the asking price. Be prepared, because here comes the Gigabyte 6600 256 Mb Turbo Force !

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Games & Final thoughts

UT 2004

Unreal Tournament 2004 Botmatch. (Result in Frames Per Second)
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When using a lower resolution, the 6600 GT and X800XT are faster than the 6600, but only by factor 1,2. When cranking up the resolution, the 6600GT takes an advantage of 1,4 and the X800XT of 1.6. Still both are not even close to the price difference. There the multiplier was 1.7 and 4.5 ...

Maybe just some bad luck ? Let's try another game.

Call Of Duty

Call Of Duty Demo. (Result in Frames Per Second)
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Well, the numbers speak somehow for themselves. No spectacular differences here either.. except on the highest tested resolution, the 6600 GT is about 1,7 times faster. Just as we hoped

Final thoughts

The fact that I only used default settings on these cards certainly has had its influence on the results. No AA or AF or other A-whatever settings were used. Why not ? For most of the people it's hard enough to install the drivers. So they probably won't play with these setting.
The higher the price, the better they think. Right? In this article we can see that the price / performance ratio isn't linear. Of course you all knew this, Madshrimps has very smart readers ;), but instead of wasting my time on gaming, I made this article.

When using all the advanced settings it might me interesting to buy a higher end VGA card. The X800XT based cards, for example, will deliver all the eye candy fluently.

But for "out of the box users", an average / mid end card will do the just fine!

/piotke out

I’d like to thank all the cool guys from Comtech for borrowing us the video cards for this test!

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