Today, we are proud to bring to you the review of one of Gigabyte’s latest products, the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 DDR2 with passive, noiseless heatpipe cooling. This product promises blazing fast graphics for the money along with great appeal for those seeking low noise performance PCs. Read on!
This article is written by Yantronic
Gigabyte has over the years, proven to be one of the most innovative players on the computer hardware scene. Notable examples of their innovations include the recently released I-RAM storage drive and the implementation of a mix of technologies on their “Duo” series of motherboards to make upgrading a painless transition.
Not too long ago, ATi released a slew of products in their X1000 series to capture every segment of the market. On the lower end segment, we have the ATi X1300Pro that performs slightly faster than the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with its clock speed advantage. To remain competitive and add value to their products, NVIDIA revamped the 6600 to accept faster DDR2 memory, thereby expanding the memory bandwidth available to the NV43 chipset of the 6600.
Today, we are proud to bring to you the review of one of Gigabyte’s latest products, the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 DDR2 with passive, noiseless heatpipe cooling. This product promises blazing fast graphics for the money along with great appeal for those seeking low noise performance PCs.
Whilst the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 DDR2 proves the scalability of the GeForce 6 series, will it really perform? Read on!
Graphics Processing Unit
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 (NV43)
PCI Express x16
Memory Size / Type
256MB, Infineon GDDR2 2.5ns 16Mx16
8 Pixel Pipelines
3 Vertex Pipelines
2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz
Rear I/O Ports
1x VGA, 1x DVI, 1x S-Video / TV-Out
1X 6pin PCIe Power Connector Required
The card is recognized by RivaTuner 2 candidate 15.8 to be running on the NV43 chipset. The very same chipset is shared by other NVIDIA GeForce 6600 series graphics accelerators, such as the 6600 and 6600GT. The 8 Pixel Pipelines and 3 Vertex Pipelines gives the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 DDR2 an edge in graphics rendering over lower speced designs with 4 Pixel Pipelines or less.
As seen in the picture, the nVIDIA GeForce 6600 DDR2 is clocked at 400 MHz on core, and 800MHz on memory. This is significantly higher than the 300MHz core clock and 500MHz memory clock on the normal NVIDIA GeForce 6600, whilst being a tad slower than the 6600GT’s 500MHz core and 1GHz memory clocks. The added memory bandwidth is definitely useful in making the nVIDIA GeForce 6600 DDR2 faster than its DDR counterpart, while the extra core clock will benefit many of the fill rate intensive games of today.
A lot less information is available here, with the device being recognized as part of the 6600 series.