V6600 GeForce - Page 4
on the Hyperdrive, Chewie!
we embark on the benchmarks, here’re my usual system specs
used for testing:
- P3 450 @ 558MHz (4.5 x 124MHz)
- 128MB LGS RAM
- ABIT BH6 MB (LH BIOS)
- 01 x 13GB Quantum CR Ultra-ATA66 HDD (5400 rpm); 01 x 10.1
GB Seagate Ultra-ATA66 HDD (5400rpm); 01 x 13.2 GB IBM
Ultra-ATA66 HDD (7200rpm)
- 01 x ASUS GEForce 256 (32MB SDRAM onboard) using 3.53
reference Nvidia drivers; Default settings with core/mem
settings at 120/166;
- 01 x Sony 6X DVD-ROM drive
- SBLive!! Platinum (Liveware 3.0 drivers)
- VirataLink 1025 ATM card
- 17” Mitsubishi DiamondScan 70 monitor (0.28 dpi)
- Win 98SE
- Ambient Temperature of 27 degrees Celsius.
note that I opted to use the Nvidia 3.53 reference drivers
over the 3.48 ASUS ones that came with the CD-ROM disc. I
could then compare benchmarks with my Creative GeForce under
a similar base.
I’m glad to say that the card performed fine under an
overclocked AGP bus-speed of 82.7 MHz (2/3 x 124MHz). This is similar to Creative’s card as well, which
is indicative that all reference boards can accommodate
higher AGP bus-speeds.
I guess what inevitably distinguishes one card from the next
would be its overclockability and stability. With the aid of Entech’s nifty Powerstrip utility,
I altered the Core / Mem clock speeds on the ASUS V6600 with
the following results:
immediate texture breakages and interlacing effect in
texture breakages after 2 rounds of Q3demo
Q3Demo + all subsequent benchmarks
about 1 sec into Q3Demo
Q3demo + all subsequent benchmarks
* Maximum stable speed
comparison with my Creative card that achieved 140/190
happily, I was a bit disappointed at ASUS’ overclocking
capabilities. It is strange that despite the identical
memory used, it was 8% less overclockable than Creative’s.
Notwithstanding that memory on any GeForce cards
cannot practically attain its raw rated specs of 200MHz
(owing perhaps to inherent design issues), it is speculative
whether ASUS boards are on the whole less overclockable, as
we shouldn’t base our conclusions on just one sample card.
I have seen similar posts in newsgroups that their
Creative cards achieved only 130/180 stable, so perhaps this
is an inaccurate comparison.
However, this still seems slightly better than the
ASUS sample I have. In addition, Creative did incorporate their own
overclocking utility (with max of 183MHz memory setting)
afterall, that may point to increased confidence on their
part to reach the memory threshold for their boards.
I’ve smelt enough smoke…
Just give me