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Xmdia GeForce 6600 GT / 512MB GDDR3

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February 14, 2006 2:12:55 AM

I recently got this card new at a great price and was wondering the benefits of the GDDR3 memory and to what effect it would have on game play. It has 512mb and its PCI express x16. From what I heard/read it is a powerhouse for under $180 area. The 512mb is much I know, but for future titles, it should last longer w/o upgrading? Thanks. (first post)
February 14, 2006 2:33:34 AM

I say check that card again. The GT doesn't have 512 I think.....
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February 14, 2006 3:06:46 AM

Must be a newer version because the GT hasn't even had 256MB, let alone 512. If you check Xmdia's site you can see they don't even list the card as having 512MB:

Xmida (click specifications)

What does the graphics driver say? (Control panel, display, settings, advanced tab). You should see 6600GT, click on it and see the info. It should tell you the processor and memory.
February 14, 2006 3:17:02 AM

But to answer your questions, I don't think there's a ton of difference between DDR2-3. Here is an article comparing the same card with DDR1 and 2:

http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=ODk1

All of the newer cards in the last year or so have DDR3 so it's really a moot point. If you do get a card with DDR2 (or even 1) it's going to be a real budget card and it won't matter anyways.

As for the 512MB question, it's doesn't make that much of a differenc either. Here is an article comparing a modest (but still better performing card than 6600 GT) card with 256MB vs 512MB.

http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=ODA2

Granted, 128MB to 256MB could probably help in some instances so 512 could just be overkill in this case.
February 14, 2006 3:41:40 AM

FlyGuy, thank your for your responses. my target with my new build was overkill, and to piss off my buddies, lol. ill be using the card later this week once i complete my new build and ill let you know. but according to my reciept and shipping invoice it says its 512mb GDDR3 pci-e 16x. so it prob just came out.

what do you think of my new build? :

First, I'm a huge fan of Asus & Intel

Asus Vento 3600 Black ATX mid tower gaming case
Asus P5LD2 Intel socket 775 atx mobo,all the latest features, no sli
windows xp pro
2gb dual channel ddr2 pc5400 667mhz (4x512)
Maxtor 250gb 7200rpm, 16mb, sata-150
Thermaltake TR2 W0093 500watt atx 2.0 PSU
Intel Pentium D 930 3.0ghz/4mb cache/800mhz FSB, dual core, presler, 775
and the xmdia geforce 6600gt 512mb gddr3 pci-e 16x

comments?
February 14, 2006 4:25:07 AM

tigerdirect is a douchebag jip company. my rebates from fucking september still didn't arrive..bycott those pricks for me. anyway, that is clearly wrong, and even if it isn't, 512mb of video ram will make no difference whatsoever. also, ddr3 has a massive advantage over ddr2 as it can achieve far higher clock speeds. don't be fooled into thinking otherwise. pick a 6800gs for performance on a budget. btw, get a dual pack of 1 gig ram for dual channel and 1t timings, 4 sticks will hurt performance as it strains the memory controller.
February 14, 2006 4:07:28 PM

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what do you think of my new build? :

First, I'm a huge fan of Asus & Intel

Asus Vento 3600 Black ATX mid tower gaming case
Asus P5LD2 Intel socket 775 atx mobo,all the latest features, no sli
windows xp pro
2gb dual channel ddr2 pc5400 667mhz (4x512)
Maxtor 250gb 7200rpm, 16mb, sata-150
Thermaltake TR2 W0093 500watt atx 2.0 PSU
Intel Pentium D 930 3.0ghz/4mb cache/800mhz FSB, dual core, presler, 775
and the xmdia geforce 6600gt 512mb gddr3 pci-e 16x

comments?


Don't know a ton about Intel products but looks very decent. The 6600GT is a decent mid range card either way. You can always upgrade to a better PCIe card in the future as well.
February 14, 2006 4:08:21 PM

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btw, get a dual pack of 1 gig ram for dual channel and 1t timings, 4 sticks will hurt performance as it strains the memory controller.


Will that make a difference with Intel, thought it was just an Athlon thing?
February 14, 2006 4:43:20 PM

i don't think so...
February 14, 2006 5:07:18 PM

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tigerdirect is a douchebag jip company. my rebates from fucking september still didn't arrive..bycott those pricks for me. anyway, that is clearly wrong, and even if it isn't, 512mb of video ram will make no difference whatsoever. also, ddr3 has a massive advantage over ddr2 as it can achieve far higher clock speeds. don't be fooled into thinking otherwise. pick a 6800gs for performance on a budget. btw, get a dual pack of 1 gig ram for dual channel and 1t timings, 4 sticks will hurt performance as it strains the memory controller.
ya what ak said tigerdirect are scam artists and ripoff's. aint xmdia one of those graphic card company's that shows up from nowhere sells alot of cards at a cheap price and then dissapears :twisted:
February 14, 2006 5:11:14 PM

Why doe TigerDirect list the card as having a 16-pipe architecture? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I always thought the 6600GT had 8 pipes.
February 14, 2006 5:28:20 PM

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Why doe TigerDirect list the card as having a 16-pipe architecture? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I always thought the 6600GT had 8 pipes.


You are correct! Tiger also lists the memory interface as 256 bit but it's only 128 bit! This is getting shadier by the minute. Tiger Direct does suck, good thing I only buy from the Egg!
February 14, 2006 6:05:04 PM

Fear it...run away. These guys are right Tiger stinks, stay with Newegg.

Actually Flyguy, the 6600GT is available in a 256MB version, but I think ak47is1337 is right in recommending the 6800GS. 256 Bit interface, 256MB and you can pick up this eVGA cheaper with the mail-in rebate. In fact Newegg has several good deals on the 6800GS from different manufacturers. Check it out.
February 14, 2006 6:11:22 PM

don't bet on a rebate, ever. consider it a bonus that may or may not arrive.
February 14, 2006 6:11:42 PM

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Actually Flyguy, the 6600GT is available in a 256MB version, but I think ak47is1337 is right in recommending the 6800GS. 256 Bit interface, 256MB and you can pick up this eVGA cheaper with the mail-in rebate. In fact Newegg has several good deals on the 6800GS from different manufacturers. Check it out.


Groovy, didn't know they had a 256MB version. It's still 128 bit and 8 pipe though! :p 

I just got mine a couple months ago though so I'm not upgrading again until I do the whole rig. 6800GS is a sweet card though but since bkp8426 already bought his 6600....well, hang on, maybe he could return it!!?!?
February 14, 2006 10:28:42 PM

Alright, after all you, especially AK, bugged the fu ck outta me. I spoke with Tiger direct and Xmdia today and the card just reached the marketplace January 20th, 2006. So its their newest variation of the 6600gt and has 512mb GDDR3. They were also saying that this memory is the latest and fastest for GPU's. Apparently the xbox 360 has 512mb gddr3, its being regarded as one of the early benchmark's for this new graphics only memory. also playstation 3 will debut with this same memory manufacutred by Samsung.

One more thing, I am a mature adult here and really don't appreciate the teenage boy comments about my build earlier. This site is very resourceful and thank the feedback(flyguy). I choose it this way because ITS MINE, not yours. I know its a beast, and will handle what Id like to do. Im an avid gamer, but mostly this will be for work and media.
February 14, 2006 11:01:58 PM

alright, do what you want. but there is no such thing as a 6600gt that has more than 8 pipelines, it simply does not exist, as the entire 6600 architecture is a scaled down from the 6800. and, if you buy it and don't believe me, check with rivatuner. also, 512 mb of video ram won't make any difference in games, only image quality. gddr3 isn't anything special, as any 6600gt has that by nvidia reference standards.
February 15, 2006 12:46:46 AM

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This site is very resourceful and thank the feedback(flyguy).


You're welcome! And if this is your first forray into the digital realm of the forum all I can say is get used to it. There are a lot of sick puppies out there so just take the good with the bad and remember, it's all in good fun!
February 17, 2006 3:29:39 AM

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alright, do what you want. but there is no such thing as a 6600gt that has more than 8 pipelines, it simply does not exist, as the entire 6600 architecture is a scaled down from the 6800. and, if you buy it and don't believe me, check with rivatuner. also, 512 mb of video ram won't make any difference in games, only image quality. gddr3 isn't anything special, as any 6600gt has that by nvidia reference standards.


Again, I agree with ak47is1337 here. You would have been better off with the 6800GS, which you could've gotten for the same price. This looks like one of those cards you see at Best Buy or CompUSA designed to wow people with the whole 512 MB of ram. Even nVidia's own website notes the 6600GT as an 8 pipe, 128-bit card.

Don't get me wrong, the 6600GT is a great card (I use one) but for $180.00 there were simply better options that will outlast the 6600GT which is already beginning to show it's age. There's no point in spending more than $130.00 for a 6600GT these days.

Nobody was trashing your build. It's just that your choice of video card it looked awfully suspicious and we wanted to get the point accross.
March 4, 2006 6:11:38 AM

ok, since too many people talk out of their asses without even checking facts, I did some leg work for you. You can buy the 6600 and 6600gt 512MB versions at Micro Center here in KC. Here are the specs off of their website.

http://www.microcenter.com/byos/byos_single_product_res...

and

http://www.microcenter.com/byos/byos_single_product_res...

I am considering buying the 6600GT version myself. As you can see there is a difference to consider. But what the hell do I know, I'm just some guy that looks for info before shooting my mouth off.
March 4, 2006 7:01:40 AM

Ok calm down, websites do and will continue to put wrong, false info about products.

I agree there is a 512mb 6600gt, the fact is though this edition is purely marketing not performance orientated. There is no benefit of 512mb over 256mb on what is now a budget card.
That edition is aimed at people who like big numbers, most people do not know what core or card version numbers mean, what most people know is that more ram is better right, well in this case not really.

http://www.microcenter.com/byos/byos_single_product_res...

Now this card is intresting and in my opinon something has been put in wrong. It says its 16 pipeline well if its a 6600 it cant be in can only have 8.
If it had 16 it would be a 6800gt, why would any company sell a higher card under a lower card identity they just would not do that.
It has an OC designation yet nothing is overclocked its all stock.
The company website has no mention of it.

Right then as for the first card:http://www.microcenter.com/byos/byos_single_product_res...
Have you noticed its heavily under clocked, it has it listed as a 300mhz core speed when the stock speed should be 500mhz. Its bandwith is way under the stock 6600gt.

So the website either has some serious marketing errors or there are some serious attempts to con people.

Like the others said the 6800gs is a much better card than the 6600gt the 512mb means nothing in real life, and if you bought the underclocked one then you would have been seriously ripped-off.
March 4, 2006 8:26:27 AM

i agree i`m sure it`s a 6800
March 4, 2006 8:28:13 AM

more memory means nothing unless it`s a powerfull gpu......
imagine a video card with 512/128bit
March 5, 2006 11:00:41 AM

6600gt doesn't have the firepower to utilise 256mb of video memory. So just forget about 512 mb of memory. They would be foolish to make such a card and people will have to be even more foolish to buy it. 6800gs sounds much wiser
March 6, 2006 6:10:48 AM

i agree with baccilus....6800 is the one ....i`ve seen video cards with 256Mb per 64bit.....yes my friends it`s true.....i regret now the fact that i didn`t took any pictures.......512Mb per 128bit it`s a waste of memory ..as far as i can remember 6600 can address the memory in 128bit......i guess that price/performance ration applies to video cards only
...if you see a 100 bucks video card with 512Mb run like hell..... :D 
March 6, 2006 6:34:41 AM

More Memory Doesn`t Mean More Power :!:
PowerFull Chip (X1800,X1900,7800,6800) Means More Power :!:
And I Agree With fainis , 512Mb Per 128Bit Is a Waste of Memory :wink:
March 6, 2006 9:50:57 AM

i prefer to play a x850 or 6800u with 32Mbytes of memory (if ever posible)..than x700 or 6600 with 512Mbytes :lol: 
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