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    Question Is GeForce 6600GT 128 a good card?

    A buddy at work wants to get his son a new video card for christmas, and was asking my advice. I took an hour over lunch and tried to get caught up on the newest cards, and finally decided on a 6600GT 128 for a good price/performance point. It sounds like he's going to grab one at Best Buy for $250 which is $40 more than online, but he won't have to pay $30 for overnight shipping, heh. I unfortunately don't have as much time to research as I'd like and figured I'd ask here- is this a good card? Or should I be calling his cell phone telling him to sit tight? Do ATI X700s only come in PCI-E?

    His son has a Gateway with a 4x AGP slot, and a PIV somewhere around 2.5GHz, he couldn't remember. It also has a 250W PSU. I recommended he upgrade the PSU, but couldn't really justify him getting a Trueblue 480 so just recommended a $30 300W Sparkle instead... that is, if gateways take ATX PSUs. Anyone know offhand?
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    THG has the article on the subject

    If he can get 6800NU (geforce 6800 without any suffixes like LE) for lets say up to 280$,then thats what Id go for.
    Otherwise, yes I think its a pretty good card, beats older generation of top end cards like R9800PRO and FX5950.

    Its also faster then x700XT :
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    EDIT: Oh and it might be worth paying a bit more, for a 256MB version, if its available. Extra ram on 6600GT would pay off in games like UT2004 with open air maps
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    I tried to find a 256mb version, but couldn't find it and I'm not sure if it's even offered. (There don't seem to be as many options with AGP as with PCI-E on the high end cards.) I saw that article, but couldn't view it; THG doesn't view right from my work PC for some reason... I see pages just fine if I have a # link to something on the bottom, but the base URL doesn't work, it's stupid.

    He had a pretty good budget, so $300 is within reason. I'll pass your advice along, thanks!
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    The 6600GT should be fine. I'm not sure a $30 300w Sparkle would be much better. An Antec 330-380w should be fine though, but cost over $50. He can try the 250 though first and see how it goes. He might cook it... it might work OK.
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    This will probably not work, since as far as I remmber THG locks the direct linking to the pictures, still:









    and conclusion, by THG:
    "For this reason, NVIDIA sorely needed the GeForce 6600 GT AGP. We found that the new card performs quite well. At the same time, we were surprised to note that the discontinued Radeon 9800 Pro - available today in the same midrange $199 - $249 price region - holds its own against the 6600 GT AGP very well in some categories. But although it is nearly as fast or even slightly faster in some games, the Radeon 9800 Pro can't keep up with the 6600 GT AGP in most areas. Perhaps ATI will decide to follow suit and launch a Radeon X700 XT with AGP.

    The GeForce 6600 GT AGP has an excellent price-performance ratio, providing good "bang for the buck". We found that the HSI bridge has no negative effect on gaming performance. So if you're looking for an affordable performance booster for an otherwise adequately-powered AGP system, this card is the way to go. "

    German THG site , might give you less problems:
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    I'm very happy with my 6800; overclocks well but HL1/2 refuses to run long o/c'ed (doom3 will run for hours on end oc'ed). Paid $280 @ newegg.
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    Yes they do block their pictures.

    ATI is making a PCI-e to AGP bridge like nVidia did and it should be out in a month or so. They likely will port the new Radeon x800XL over to compete, but this is months away. For now the GeForce6600GT stand by itself in that price range and performance.
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    Thanks for trying, Falcon I don't have any problems viewing THG from home, though, luckily!
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    The 6600GT is a good choice but I'd also recommend the 6800 if he can stretch to ~$300.

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    Best Buy was out of stock, so he ordered a 6600GT with overnight shipping from GameVE last night Here's hoping he doesn't have to RMA, heh... (At least I *think* he meant GameVE... he might have meant Pricewatch in general, in which case I *really* hope he doesn't have to RMA!)

    People on the Gateway forums are reporting the 250W PSU is OK with the new video cards, so he's just going to stick with what he has, and replace it if it dies.

    Thanks, all!
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    Air Cooled w/ SP-94 heatpipe & 92mm Vantex Tornado at 45C
    4x256=1gb dual-channel 2-3-3-6 OCZ PC800DRAM @ 890MHz 3-4-4-8
    MSI Neo2-PLS w/I865PE & SATA @ 4x267=1068MHz
    BFG GeForceFX 5900@485/967MHz = 6284 3DMark2003s; dual-head 21" CRT & 19" LCD

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    It you compare the result on the THG article the 6600Gt 128mb card is a little more then 30% faster then the 9800 Pro 128mb on the higher end tests on average and is dropping in price. The PCI Express version sells for $180, hopefully the AGP version will match in time.
    Last edited by evetsrim1; December 22nd, 2004 at 06:07 PM.
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