Prolink PixelView GeForce 6600 GT SLI
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 02/20/2005 08:00 AM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Both Prolink 6600 GT cards tested today are offered in a 128 MB configuration, now don't go thinking you have 256 MB capacity that supports 256-bit memory bandwidth. Physically the amount of framebuffer is true, but it's actually (2x)128-bit at work here, simply take your standard GeForce 6600 GT times two.
Same goes for the amount of memory, it's 128 MB per graphics core and you cannot look at two combined SLI cards as a 256 MB model. It simply does not work that way. Try to see it like this, textures and graphics data are in fact cloned and mirrored in both frame buffers in a 1:1 way so you're basically looking at 128 MB effective, which on it's term will effect things like high-resolution Anisotropic filtering and AA modes. Here we see a clear advantage for a single GeForce 6800 GT priced at the very same level.
That 2x 128 MB of DDR3 memory on the cards are rated at 1.6ns, which means it likely can offer you a 625MHz (1250MHz DDR) memory frequency when overclocked. The cards have a stock core clock of 500MHz and a default memory clock of 1120 MHz.
The cards utilizes 16 PCI-Express lanes divided in two, x8 PCI Express lanes per card. Quick note here as some of you are still wondering will this SLI stuff ever become available for AGP. Short answer is no it's just not possible, the AGP port's architecture simply does not allow that.
Once installed, well you can't help falling in love at the least a little bit, it's quite something that was achieved right there in that PC. You will get a little excited and very anxious to test it once you place that little SLI connector on the cards. Let's have a look at the default card specifications according to NVIDIA.
Specs GeForce 6600 GeForce 6600 GT GeForce 6800 GeForce 6800 GT GeForce 6800 Ultra Codename NV43 NV43 NV40 NV40GT NV40U Transistors ? ? 222 million Process, GPU maker 110nm 110nm 130nm, IBM Core clock 300 MHz 500 MHz Up to 400 MHz 350MHz 400-450 MHz Memory 128MB DDR1 128MB GDDR3 128MB DDR1 256MB GDDR3 256MB GDDR3 Memory bus 64/128-bit 256-bit Memory clock Up to manufacturer 2x500 MHz
2x450 MHz (AGP)
2 x 550MHz 2 x 500MHz 2 x 600MHz PCB P212 P212 P2?? P210 P210 Pipelines 8 8 12 16 16 FP operations FP16, FP32 DirectX DirectX 9.0c Pixel shaders PS 3.0 Vertex shaders VS 3.0 OpenGL 1.5+ (2.0) Price $150 $229 $299 $399 $499 Availability since Oct 2004 Oct/Nov 2004 May/June 2004
As you can unmistakably see there is a product for any budget. Let's have a look at today's cards.
Two 128MB GeForce 6600 GT's in one PC, bridged together in SLI mode. That's what we'll be reviewing today. The cards are being made by that lovely company called Prolink, and the product series is of course PixelView.
Prolink GeForce 6600 GT AGP8x review
Ever since Christmas 2004 when the AGP version of the GeForce 6600GT became available these little puppies where flying over the counter. They are hot, and they are selling. And they should as the GeForce 6600 GT offers really nice performance with a feature set that is completely up-to-date for a price that everyone is willing to spend, if you are a gamer that is.
Prolink PixelView GeForce 6600 Ultimate review
Another week another GeForce 6600 review. And I'm afraid this will continue to do so for the next couple of weeks. The GeForce 6600 is hitting the market hard as this is going to be a graphics card that is affordable yet offers some really good value for it's money. Today's product review is no less of that.. Last week we received a new sample from the good folks of Prolink, a company with a reputation to do things differently. Plasma cooling, PDF technology are two thing that come to mind immediately.
Prolink PixelView GeForce FX 5700 review
So, today's product we are going to review is the Prolink GeForce FX 5700 armed with video in/out, 256 MB memory and a sub 25dB cooling solution which is equipped with something that is called PDF, no note the Adobe one, it's called Plasma Display Fan. I hear you say .. 'Say waah ?' Hey don't ask me either .. plasma ?