The mainstream market segment is where
ATI and Nvidia (and their partners) make most of their
sales, due to this we have a wealth of products in this
price range. Two of the newest, and therefore most desirable,
are the Radeon X700 and Geforce
6600. Both are aimed at the user who
wants the latest features and to use them at reasonable
resolutions like 1280x960 but doesn’t have the finances
to spend more on their graphics card than the family’s
monthly food budget. Today we have one of each product
in for review, lets see how each card performs and find
out which gets the best performance/price ratio.
The MSI branded 6600 comes in a brightly packaged box
which lists the main features of the card/bundle. One
of the interesting things is the Doom 3 logo. The point
of this sticker is to advertise that the card is ideal
for running Doom 3 however I cant help but feel that it
could make some people think Doom 3 is one of the bundled
games (which it isnt). Naughty.
As well as including the usual drivers,
DVD software and cables with the NX6600 MSI bundle a whopping
14 full games with the card. Normally the game bundles
with these cards are less than appealing howvever the
MSI bundle includes such excellent titles as XIII
and Prince of Persia Sands of Time. Not
the newest games we agree but a lot of fun none the less.
Here’s everything you’ll receive with the
The card itself follows a pretty standard design as far
as 6600’s go. Firstly there is one DVI and one VGA
with an HDTV/S-video capable video out port. Memory is
TSOP chips rather than BGA however the clocks are not
affected and the MX6600 is clocked at 300/500mhz for core
and memory. The amount of memory provided on the NX6600
Cooling is provided by the small copper fan and is for
the GPU only rather than featuring heatsinks on the memory.
Noise levels are very low from the cooler that MSI have
chosen and the fan noise is no louder than a stock Intel
or AMD CPU fan.
On the rear of the card we have no memory chips or major
components of note, and you can see from the picture that
this is the PCI-Express version of the 6600.
You can pick up an NX6600-256 for Approx £95 or