V6600 GeForce Deluxe review
Posted by Julio
Franco on February 29, 2000
Computer International, one of the big names in computers
industry, is mostly known for being one of the top
motherboard manufacturers worldwide, however they didn’t
consider that was enough and instead of releasing new
products in the motherboard market only, we have seen how
they have used all their previous experience in the last few
years and have expanded to other kind of hardware
we can say that lately ASUS has been doing strongly in the
graphics cards market, although they have released products
based in different chips the ones we have seen being pushed
harder are the ones based on NVIDIA chips.
the time of the original Riva TNT, then they continued
releasing cards based on the TNT2 and TNT2 Ultra chips (ASUS
AGP V3800) and now with the release of the NVIDIA GeForce
256 they are bringing us the AGP-V6600 series.
most of you should know, the GeForce 256 is the “world’s
first GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)”; actually all the
hype behind that concept could be taken in consideration.
When NVIDIA talks of a “GPU” they mean that the graphics
chip will be taking care of a lot of rendering related
processes that in the past had to be done in the CPU, that
is, thanks to the embedded Transform and Lighting engine the
GeForce has got.
course, the idea is to free up some of the CPU bandwidth,
that would leave us with much more power and speed to play
with, so that developers won’t have to worry of getting
hardware limited, they can concentrate in making much better
Artificial Intelligence than what we have seen so far, or
just about anything the developers might have wanted to add
before but didn’t have available the horsepower to do it.
we are not going to concentrate in the GeForce chip
features, I’m sure you have had enough from that already,
but specifically on what does the AGP-V6600 has got to
offer. Here we have the different configurations ASUS is
- 32MB Frame Buffer
- VGA + Video-In + TV-Out + 3D Glasses (ASUS VR-100G
- VGA (optional ASUS VR-100G 3D Glasses)
should also know that ASUS also offers the V-6800 (and its
Deluxe configuration), which is pretty much the same card
however this one uses DDR memory, which improves bandwidth
considerably, hence it’s faster.
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