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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!

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 Gigabyte GeForce 6600 DDR2 SLI

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!

 

Specifications

Graphics Processing Unit

NVIDIA GeForce 6600 (NV43)

Interface

PCI Express x16

Memory Size / Type

256MB, Infineon GDDR2 2.5ns 16Mx16

Pixel Pipelines

8 Pixel Pipelines

Vertex Pipelines

3 Vertex Pipelines

Memory Interface

128-Bit

Core Clock

400 MHz

Memory Clock

800 MHz

RAMDAC

400MHz

Max Resolution

2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz

Rear I/O Ports

1x VGA, 1x DVI, 1x S-Video / TV-Out

Power Connector

1X 6pin PCIe Power Connector Required

 

 Gigabyte GeForce 6600 DDR2 SLI

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.

 Gigabyte GeForce 6600 DDR2 SLI

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.

 Gigabyte GeForce 6600 DDR2 SLI

A lot less information is available here, with the device being recognized as part of the 6600 series.