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Test Setup

NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT: AGP Has Not Been Forgotten
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For the test environment, we chose Intel’s D875 PBZ desktop motherboard with the i875 chipset, running an Intel Pentium 3.2 GHz processor. To compare performance, we sent the GeForce 6600 GT AGP into the ring against NVIDIA’s former top model (the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra), the bigger GeForce 6800, and ATI’s Radeon 9800 Pro.

For our benchmark suite we compiled numbers from several popular games and benchmarks, as well as a few new releases that make heavy use of pixel and vertex shaders. Since most games don’t feature their own built-in benchmark mode, we used the tool FRAPS to determine the frame rates. You can find more details on the games and benchmarks we used in the table below.

We tested the NVIDIA cards with the latest WHQL driver v66.93. The Radeon 9800 Pro was tested with Catalyst v4.11.

AGP Test System
CPU Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
FSB 200 MHz
Motherboard Intel D875 PBZ
Memory 4x Corsair CMX256A-3200LL DDR, 1024 MB
HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120 GB S-ATA (8 MB)
DVD Hitachi GD-7000
LAN Netgear FA-312
Power Supply Antec True Control 550W
Drivers & Configuration
Graphics ATI Catalyst v4.11
NVIDIA v66.93
Chipset Intel Inf. Update
OS Windows XP Prof. SP1a
DirectX DirectX 9.0c
Graphic cards used in this article
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (380/680 MHz)
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 (325/700 MHz)
GeForce FX 5950 Ultra (475/950 MHz)
Benchmarks
3DMark 2005 Standard Resolution
Unreal Tournament 2004 Custom Timedemo
Max Details/Quality
Map : Assault-FallenCity
Call Of Duty v1.4 Max Details/Quality
Demo : VGA
Doom3 Demo : Demo1
High Quality
Farcry v1.3 Custom Timedemo cooler01
Very High Quality
Flashlight : On
Flight Simulator 2004 Custom Video
Custom Quality
Scenario : Hong Kong at Dusk
Joint Operations FRAPS
Training Aircraft
Quality Setting
Battlefield Vietnam v1.2 FRAPS
Max Details/Quality
Map : Ho Chi Minh Trail
DTM Race Driver2 v1.2 Custom Replay
FRAPS
Max Details/Quality
Nurburgring at rain
The Sims 2 FRAPS
Max Details/Quality
Custom Scene

Benchmarks

3DMark 2005

In 3DMark 2005, the GeForce 6600 GT AGP is more than twice as fast as the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra. The Radeon 9800 Pro proves surprisingly speedy as well.

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