V6600 GeForce Deluxe review
Posted by Julio
Franco on February 29, 2000 - Page 3/6
card ASUS sent in for review is the V6600 Deluxe. As most
GeForce based cards this one is based on NVIDIA’s
reference design however the V6600 has got certain features
that makes it unique and who knows, maybe this is the card
you were looking for, read on…
know why I bother mentioning installation, nowadays it’s
pretty strange to find a peripheral in which we have had
problems to get it working, anyway, once you are setup after
popping the card in an AGP slot, I really recommend you to
pay ASUS a visit and download the latest drivers for your
card according to the platform you are using.
current (and previous) experience with ASUS cards, their
drivers support is excellent, they release updates very
often and not because of bugs or stuff like that but they
really keep up with NVIDIA’s release of reference drivers
which most of the time not only fix stuff but enhance speed,
you won’t find many manufacturers that keep up as updated
as ASUS does – I believe I know my people and I know this
is a really good thing to consider when choosing a card.
first timers, ASUS includes a handy manual with basics on
the hardware and its layout as well as detailed explanations
for each one of the drivers’ functions and extras that
come with the card.
mentioned that the ASUS V6600 Deluxe comes with a couple of
extra features that should keep it away from the pack, for
good, of course.
I will start
by saying that the card comes with TV out, S-Video in/out
and 3D VR glasses. I tested the video features and
everything seemed to work without a hitch, of course, ASUS
included a couple of programs for using these features.
Also as you
should know the GeForce is NVIDIA’s first chip to use
Motion Compensation for DVD playback. The card came with a
software DVD decoder from the manufacturer however I
preferred to use my favorite DVD playback program,
CyberLink's PowerDVD that is. The latest version of the
program takes advantage of GeForce MC so it was a perfect
platform to test the card. In general terms the visual
quality as well as speed was excellent, if you have got a P2
300mhz processor or better you won’t need a hardware
decoder at all, save those bucks.
the 3D Glasses. This isn’t the first time I use ASUS’
shutter glasses, however this IS the first time that I have
used them and liked them. The first time was with an ASUS
TNT2 card, back to those times, drivers were way immature
and almost every game would freeze my computer however now
the glasses actually work (really!… heh). The first game I
tried them in was in Unreal Tournament and the results were
pretty satisfying, you could really appreciate that depth
effect which is the best thing you can get from the glasses.
Quake III but no effects appeared, although Q3A uses OpenGL
rendering, the latest drivers are supposed to support OpenGL
the glasses worked this time but the truth is that if you
ask me if I would spend some money on them I would say no,
honestly. The effect is nice but is no good for your skills,
not to mention the headaches it produces.
the so hyped SmartDoctor feature. Although this won’t
improve your performance or do any of that kind of stuff for
you, overclockers will be happy to have this feature
available. This little utility will let you monitor the
graphics card temperature, if enabled it will underclock
your card automatically to prevent any lockup and also
underclock it to keep it cool if you aren’t pushing it to
the max, so you won’t need those extra Mhz.
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