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Albatron GeForce 6600 512MB Videocard Review

Albatron GeForce 6600 512MB Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Albatron GeForce 6600-512 also supports all the latest TV output standards like S-Video, composite and of course YPbPr component output.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Albatron Mar 09 2006   Colin Sun  
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nVIDIA PureVideo and Overclocking

High Definition content is the future of entertainment! Playing High Definition content on current generation PCs can bog down the fastest processors because there is more data to handle. Similar to the need for DVD accelerators a few years back, nVIDIA PureVideo enables computer users to view MPEG-2/DVD and WMV HD formats without slowing the PC to a crawl.

The PureVideo standard incorporates a hardware accelerator for the afore mentioned MPEG-2/DVD, and Microsoft Windows Media HD Video standards (WMV HD). According to nVIDIA's documentation on PureVideo, the GPU (GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs) takes on video decoding tasks from the CPU, and the end result is smoother, shutter free HD playback. nVIDIA PureVideo also supports most current and future high definition formats. The system seems to be built with a good degree of future proofing for upcoming standards - as it should be.

PureVideo is more than just a media accelerator; it also includes features to improve video picture quality. If you believe the marketing; DVD, cable, and satellite video provide poor crispness, clearness and smoothness that consumers are desperate to be "saved from." nVIDIA's PureVideo technology applies spatial temporal de-interlacing to apparently deliver a better image than traditional de-interlacing can muster. PureVideo also fixes the 3:2 pull down problem that can arise from 24 fps video being converted to 30 fps for viewing on TVs or monitors. By recovering the original 24 frame content, PureVideo apparently allows for a clear crisper image.

PureVideo can also scale videos to any resolution, while maintaining a relatively detailed picture. This means users can view lower resolution videos at a high resolution without suffering too much from blocky or blurry pictures.

Experts Tip: Use the right slot in SLI motherboards!

When installing videocards into nForce4 SLI based motherboards it does matter which slot you choose if you are only using one card. By default the secondary physical PCI Express x16 on most motherboards only has access to one PCI Express lane. What makes things more confusing is that the OS and videocard can still operate normally in 2D mode if inserted into the second PCI Express x16 lane. Users would only notice an issue when running 3D graphics, specifically that everything is very slow since the bandwidth between the videocard and computer is smaller. When installing a single videocard into a dual videocard compatible motherboard, always insert it into the top, or first slot. That guarantees that the videocard has access to all 16 PCI Express lanes.

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Albatron Videocard Overclocking

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 300 MHz 490 MHz
Memory Speed: 500 MHz 550 MHz
If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

Overclocking GeForce 6600 videocards is quite easy in general and we were expecting some nice numbers from the Albatron GeForce 6600-512. By default the core is clocked at 300 MHz and memory clocked at 500 MHz, and as usual first up was the core...

Starting at 300 MHz the core was increased slowly in 5 MHz intervals with RivaTuner. The little GeForce 6600 core on the Albatron card was definitely up to the challenge and easily broke the 400 MHz mark. Hoping to get to the 500 MHz clock speed that GeForce 6600GT's are clocked at the NV43 core was pushed harder. The Albatron GeForce 6600-512's core maxed out at a top speed of 490 MHz, which is 10 MHz shy of the 6600GT's clock speed, not bad for an inexpensive videocard!

Next up was the memory, the markings on the DRAM modules were M-RAM 32X16DDR2 which is rather vague. Anyway starting at 500 MHz, the memory frequency was increased in 10 MHz intervals. Unfortunately the memory did not overclock quite as well as the core, and it topped out at 550 MHz. Anything higher did not produce artifacts but the overall benchmark results plummeted to below stock levels which was rather odd.

The core and memory had no difficulty running at top speeds together. That's a nice change from previous generation GeForce videocards. Overclocking also did boost overall performance quite a bit which you will see in the upcoming benchmarks!

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Albatron GeForce 6600-512 test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this GeForce 6600 based videocard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz

Motherboards:

Asus A8N-SLI Premium (NF4 SLI)

Videocard: Albatron GeForce 6600-512

MSI RX1800XT-VT2D512E
Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B
ATi Radeon X850 XT PE
MSI RX850XT-TD256E
MSI RX800XT-VTD256E
ATi Radeon X800 XL
PowerColor X700 PRO
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E (Single Mode)
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E (SLI Mode)
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A (Single Mode)
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A (SLI Mode)
MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E
MSI NX6800-TD128E (Single)
MSI NX6800-TD128E (SLI Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (Single Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (SLI Mode)

Memory:

2x 512MB OCZ Gold GX PC3500 DDR

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 6.70
nVIDIA Forceware 81.98
ATI Catalyst 5.13

Benchmarks:

3DMark03
3DMark05
AquaMark3
Halo
FarCry
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Doom 3
FEAR
Quake 4

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Contents of Article: Albatron GeForce 6600 512MB
 Pg 1.  Albatron GeForce 6600 512MB Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — nVIDIA PureVideo and Overclocking
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark03, 3DMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Halo
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SplinterCell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Benchmark: FEAR
 Pg 11.  Geforce 6600 with 512MB - Budget Delight!

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