As you can see from the picture above, the XFX GeForce 6600GT, like many of XFX’s past products, tends to stray away from reference design. XFX is using their unique turquoise colored PCB on their 6600GT card, a move that may cost a little more when producing their product, but a good way to differentiate from the competition.
The back side of the XFX GeForce 6600GT is pretty bland, since the card comes with 128MB of memory, the back side of the PCB is no longer needed to house extra memory chips.
It’s also interesting to see the 6600GT with DDR3 memory, using Samsung’s K4J55323QF-GC16 chips. An advantage of having onboard graphics memory on the front side of the card also deals with cooling, since the 6600GT’s heatsink fan blows air over the card’s memory chips, keeping them cool while they operate at high temperatures. It’s also nice to see that the 6600GT doesn’t require an additional external power connection, as both high end parts from ATI and NVIDIA do.
The 6600GT is of course able to run in SLI mode, using the connection seen above. We’ll be doing testing with the 6600GT in SLI mode in the next few weeks, but for this article we’ll stick to testing it in single-slot mode.
I talked earlier about XFX diversifying itself from other graphics card companies, and another way they’ve done so on the 6600GT is to include dual DVI outputs.
And here we can see the XFX 6600GT matched up against the ATI Radeon X700 Pro, ATI’s fully available sub $ 200 graphics card.