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6600GT,which one ?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by RobsterD, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. RobsterD

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    Happy New Year !
    Before I make this purchase just thought I'd check as there are so many available,which one is the best?
    Will be rebuilding from scratch with a new hard drive,since upgrading to the new catalyst drivers on my radeon TT been a bit flakey.
    Thoughts and recommendations appreciated.
    Rob
     
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    I don't think there really is a 'best', all brands use the same chipset and the main differences seem to be in the bundles.

    That said, I think I'd got for a Leadtek simply because their cooling is supposedly quieter than some, I have a Galaxy 6800 pre-fitted with an Arctic Cooler, if they do a 6600 like that then that's the way to go, really, really quiet compared to anything else short of water cooling.
     
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    Don't wish to put too much of a dampener on your desire for this card, but I've had a nightmare with mine.

    I tried to fit a Galaxy 6600GT AGP into my HTPC over Christmas. It's being returned today! :mad:

    Windows XP would hang after 2 minutes every time I booted. Various forums were suggesting it's a power supply related issue, but I have a 460W Silverstone power supply in a box with one hard drive and one DVD burner, so I can't believe that was the problem.

    Anyway, checkout numerous forums for the myriad of problems people are having with this card. I'm ordering an ATi 9800 Pro to tide me over until things improve with the 6600GT.
     
  4. RobsterD

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    Thanks for the reply,noticed that there are different memory timings and core speeds.
    Galaxy GeForce 6600 GT 128MB DDR3 TV-Out/DVI (AGP)
    - 525MHz Core Clock Speed
    - 128MB DDR3 1.6NS Super Fast Memory running at 1050MHz

    XFX GeForce 6600 GT 128MB DDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (AGP)
    - 500MHz Core Clock Speed
    - 128MB DDR3 2.0NS Super Fast Memory running at 1000MHz

    So I'm presuming get the faster card or will this be a wasted exercise as most of the time I only watch DVD's via a Panny AE500 via DVI.
    Cheers
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    Moby
    Did you install on an already working system or do a rebuild on a newly formatted harddrive.
     
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    Had no problems at all with my XFX version. Just put it in my XP machine and away I went.

    I have no special power supply, just the one that came with my Dell.

    Cheers
    Marc
     
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    If all you want is vid then the 6600 is overkill but if you want one then just get the cheapest.
     
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    Not at all! The 6600GT is rated as the best possible card for video output when used with TheatreTek 2.

    I don't think a slow or a fast one will make much difference, but it is supposed to have the best video hardware around.
     
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    Does he have TT 2, does he have the software to use the 6600GT video proc hardware, does he want to go to the trouble or does he just use PowerDVD and click play....all unkown..... :hiya: :rotfl:
     
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    Well Rob is a known to mess with the HTPC and he mentions TT in his first post, so I can only assume he is willing to take the pain.

    After all, if you just want to use powerDVD and press play surely you may as well just have a DVD player?! ;)
     
  11. RobsterD

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    Yep using TT2 hence the reason for an excuse to upgrade from a Radeon 9500 pro
     
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    second that from uczmeg.

    With Teatertek 2 in smart mode the 6600GT deals with post processing on the actual card, you are getting one of the best pictures yet from DVD.

    As zalman have a quiet/silent fan solution out this month, then noise is not an issue.

    My was plug and play with my Pae700 via DVI.

    Wait till you watch a ts HD film though - stunning.

    Regards

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    It was an already working system. I removed the previous ATi drivers before removing the old card and fitting the 6600GT.

    I thought about reformatting and starting again, but I'm not sure this would have made any difference (again referring to posts on other forums).
     
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    I guess mine could just be a faulty card!
     
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    Sorry, didn't make myself clear :) .. I was answering from an HTPC perspective where raw GPU power isn't a real concern, obviously gaming would benefit from a faster card but then again IMHO the 6800GT would be the card if gaming was a concern.
     
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    But raw GPU power does come into the equation when the card provides HD decoding acceleration as the 6600GT etc do.

    Andy.
     
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    Well, strictly speaking yes, but that's a basic function of the card so it's reasonable to presume even the base-line clocking will handle it I'd have said. Meaning I assume that the design allows it to decode ANY WMV stream that could be thrown at it, as opposed to the idea that the 3D processing can overload the GPU and so limit, say, the FPS achieved in a game.
     
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    The 6600GT has plenty of power for HTPC and is still a very good gaming card.

    I don't think the minor spec differences between 6600GT models will make any difference in performance for video use and will only be a frame or two in games.
     
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    Phew thank goodness for that managed to source a XFX 6600GT ;)
    Will let you know how i get on :thumbsup:
    Rob
     
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    XFX's a good brand. :)
     
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    Fitted the new Zalman cooler to my xfx 6600gt at the weekend, peace again :smashin:
     
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    Quite a few times i have big probs going from ATI - Nvidia Or Vice Versa even with uninstalling drivers, a full format always fixed it.

    I have just downgraded from a Geforce 6800GT to a 6600GT as i did not use all that power and also the video features are better on the 6600GT than the broken 6800 series

    I Bought the galaxy version and its great, its too noisy for a HCPC though which is why i am gona fit the Zalman VGA cooler as soon as it arrives.
     
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    John S

    I am thinking of getting a 6600GT for my HCPC but am worried about fitting the Zalman Cooler as I have heard it is difficult, especially given the comments about glue, etc. in the article below.

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2295

    In light of this, could you confirm that you had no problems and share your experience.

    Thanks,
    Oblomov
     
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    I haven't read the linked article but the installation was easy, to remove, just squeeze together the release on the plastic pins that hold the old cooler.

    The installation was simple, just a couple of bolts that go through the board, a little thermal grease on the chip, and then screw the new fan on and a stabaliser bar at the back. Much easier than the old heatpipe solution.

    I use a fanmate turned doen to minimum to set the fan speed although it comes with a 5v cable.
     
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    Did you get the ZM80C-HP or the ZM80D-HP.
    Regards
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    Any reason why you guys didn't go via the heatpipe solution,or are they all now much the same with regards to their cooling effect ?
     
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    I don't think the heatpipe solution works with the agp 6600GT?
     
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    I had the heatpipe on a 9500 and it fried the card, I also dont belive that it fits the 6600gt.
     

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