"Nvidia's new GeForce 9600 GT graphics chip gives the Asus EN9600 GT some of the best bang-for-the-buck we've seen in a midrange 3D card. If"
"If you're a gamer on a budget who craves the best performance in DX9 and DX10 games, the GeForce 9600 GT is the best card on the market right now."
"This card is a valid replacement for the GeForce 8800 GT 256 MB, and is the best low-cost solution for gamers who play with antialiasing enabled."
"The GeForce 9600 GT is a great GPU."
"Thankfully, those who spend less than $200 on their new graphics hardware will finally have a reason to upgrade."
"...is in contention for the best price/performance and performance/watt we have seen in quite some time."
"For its price, this is quite a fast card and a very good buy."
"After using these three GeForce 9600 GT video cards it's clear that 512MB is the sweet spot as it is ideal for higher resolutions that require larger frame buffers. All of the cards did great...."
"Asus' EN9600GT is an under-$200 graphics card-based on NVidia's GeForce 9600 GT graphics engine-that offers good 3D performance even on the most demanding games."
"Simply put, the 9600 GT is one hell of a card."
"The GeForce 9600 GT series is a truly grand graphics card in the mid-range segment and we can recommend it a lot."
"The EVGA e-GeForce 9600 GT SSC performed flawlessly during the course of this review and is recommended by nV News."
"That is an amazing value in our minds and if you're a serious gamer needing a video card that will really immerse you in the game, you'd need to look no further than this."
"This card carries a bargain price that most gamers can afford and provides performance that is better than many video cards costing more money."
"It should be pretty obvious by this point that I really like the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT. It's hard to find any fault in a graphics card that cuts $150 off the price of another GPU that it performs as well as."
"Right now though, the GeForce 8800 GT offers you the best value on the planet when it comes to 3D gaming cards. You won't be disappointed in its performance, and you won't be disappointed in the cost."
"The performance advantage and price utterly destroyed our perception of the GPU landscape."
"In the end, Nvidia has taken its time, but offers an exceptional card with the GeForce 8800GT."
"NVIDIA's second foray into 65nm GPU technology is a resounding success in our humble opinion. And how could anyone argue a Graphics product that consumes less power, costs less and performs better than the previous generation?"
"A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! The price/performance ratio simply can't be beat."
"With pricing between $199 and $249, I find it hard to recommend anything else—especially since we found generally playable settings at 2560x1600 resolution in some of the most intensive new games (except for Crysis, which is in a class by itself.)"
"Performance has suddenly become affordable; and the next-gen, finally, will start to become the now-gen, for many, many more gamers out there."
"NVIDIA now dominates the VGA playing field."
"The GeForce 8800 GT is the GPU to buy for this holiday season, and the XFX GeForce 8800 GT is an excellent card based on Nvidia's new blockbuster chip. It's affordable, supports both DirectX 9 and DirectX 10, and has more than enough performance power to handle graphics-heavy games such as BioShock, World in Conflict, Crysis, Unreal Tournament 3, and Hellgate: London."
"Pros: Amazing performance for the cost; single slot cooler; VP2 video processor. Cons: We're having a real hard time coming up with something here..."
"NVIDIA just released their entire DX10 mainstream lineup and it delivers."
"...those who are still searching for hardware to buy in the $150 - $200 range will certainly not be disappointed with 8600 based graphics
"... with its solid feature set, including an improved video engine (dedicated article coming shortly), DX10 functionality, and good performance in today's DX9 games, there's a lot to like in NVIDIA's latest mainstream GPU."
"Its a solid performer at the same price point that was once held by the great 7600 GT and 6600 GT before it."
"This graphics card is very fast and would make for an excellent Vista based media center computer on a low end CPU."
"Gamers shopping for a cheap graphics card will be hard pressed to find a better card to spend their $169 on."
"There is little doubt that if what you are after is the fastest 8600 GTS around you need to be shopping XFX."
"Overall the EVGA 8600 GT Superclocked Graphics Card is a good DirectX 10 compliant graphics card for those on a strict budget."
"Overall, for a budget gaming card for future DirectX 10 titles and current DirectX 9 titles the XFX 8600 GT XXX is a budget contender."
"For home theater enthusiasts though, the GeForce 8600 GTS is arguably the video card to own. It's got the most advanced video engine current available and at a price that won't break the bank."
"On the whole, we're pretty impressed by the performance of these GeForce 8600 cards.
"The 8600 GT especially, with stock prices at $149, make a solid choice for midrange DX10 "bang for your buck", and we'll be taking a look at that in more detail shortly. Improved graphics quality, full CSAA support, superior AF quality, DX10, and fully accelerated PureVideo HD make this a logical choice for mainstream gamers who want pave the way to DX10 gaming...."
"The XFX 8600 GT XXX Edition offers excellent performance for its 169.99 price tag. Never before has so much performance been achieved for such a low price point."
"I give this card an Editor's Choice Award; it excels for its price..."
"...the XFX 8600GT XXX edition is the current best buy"
"This is the kind of progress we like seeing from one generation to the next in the GPU arena, and Nvidia has delivered once again. "
"Well, color me happy because this is about as close a race as you can get. Purevideo does surpass Avivo in the final score..."
“The image produced by the DualTV MCE is smooth without noticeable jagged edges and the colors appear rich. There’s also no noticeable noise either which is due to the noise reduction algorithms."
"NVIDIA has done a great job with the DualTV MCE. It offers excellent image quality matching [a competing product] which isn’t too surprising considering the DualTV MCE is ISF certified. Its dual tuners makes it a better choice for a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 system than [competing] cards, allowing users to record one source while watching another. Aside from Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, the DualTV is also compatible with other PVR software packages such as Beyond TV 4 and Yahoo! Go for TV."
"Value-wise the DualTV MCE is quite a bargain. The DualTV can be had for $169 without a remote, which is fair considering it comes with a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 compatible MPEG2 decoder."
"Overall we really liked the NVIDIA DualTV with its excellent image quality and dual tuners. If you want two TV tuners but lack PCI slots, the NVIDIA DualTV is the way to go.”
"Nvidia have pulled off a remarkable achievement with the 7950 GX2, the first impressive aspect of the product is the actual size of the card."
"The GeForce 7950 GX2 also features the industry’s fastest anti-aliasing for ultra-realistic visuals, with no jagged edges, and all at lightning-fast speeds. Astounding speed. Maximum performance. Innovative technology. Those are the features professional gamers demand. And that’s what XFX has to offer..."
"It delivers rock solid stability, and reliability."
"The 7950 GX2 is a really good idea, well executed. ...The perfect solution for those that would love to run a dual-graphics system, but for whatever reason can only use a single double-wide card."
"Ultimately, what we have here is the world’s fastest single graphics card. There is no debate, no argument, and no other choice if what you want is framerate."
"At the end of the day, it breaks down to this – if you desire the fastest single card going then NVIDIA's 7950GX2 is the one you want to get."
"The Bang for the buck tradeoff on the ASUS EN7900GT is excellent."
"[The DualTV tuner manual] is probably the best manual I've ever seen for a TV tuner, heck it is one of the best I've seen for any hardware…."
"It generally lives up to the hype: good noise reduction and comb filtering plus ISF certification all in a dual-tuner. Because of these factors the DualTV is now the analog tuner in my MCE 2005 HTPC."
"High-end design allows fast motion (sports-like material) without a skip and news tickers are some of the best in a hardware encoding TV card."
"Great quality -- ISF Certified."
"Awesome bundle, includes just about all the cables a person could need."
"Includes a license for the excellent NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder."
Rating: 9 out of 10
"Pausing, rewinding and fast forwarding was seamless and had a virtually instant response time."
"Overall, we found the DualTV MCE's image quality to be very good for an analog tuner card. We also ran the picture simultaneously next to a standard 32-Inch TV and found the image quality comparable to the set-top cable box's output."
"We also spent a little time with general FM reception as well and came away rather impressed. …in our experience the signal was crisp with no noticeable fluctuations. … Even when turning up the volume to higher levels, there was no obvious hiss which is typically heard in FM reception."
"the DualTV MCE…is well-rounded, cost effective and very easy to install."
"[Compared with] the only other dual-tuner consumer level solution, NVIDIA comes out on top in our opinion, as [the other dual-tuner product] doesn't even offer a basic DVD decoder with their card."
"Overall, we walked away rather impressed with the DualTV MCE from NVIDIA. The card installed easily, image quality was very good and the bundled retail package was comprehensive. ... the DualTV MCE is a solid dual-tuner solution for any Windows XP Media Center based PC. … We give NVIDIA's DualTV MCE Remote Edition at HotHardware Heat Meter rating of a 9."
Player's Choice Award
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
"I was blown away by the amount of accessories that are included with the card"
"The NVIDIA DualTV tuner card was a snap to install and I was literally watching TV on my desktop within 15 minutes."
"I found the images on my monitor crisp and clean and the lettering didn't bleed into the background. … the picture quality is very good and there is no bleeding of images."
"Recording and playback quality was also crisp and clean. … The motion was fluid and natural and no noise or interference patterns appeared on the screen…."
"For me the NVIDIA Dual TV MCE tuner card is one of the best tuner cards on the market. [Other cards on the market] up to now have been the market leaders but NVIDIA is making a strong push into this vertical with the introduction of the Dual TV MCE Tuner card. [One competing product] doesn't come with a DVD decoder, and [another competing product] can be a nightmare to install. …overall I believe that the NVIDIA Dual TV MCE tuner card is the best card in its field for several key reasons.
• A dream to install- was up and running in no time
• Ease of use-basically install and forget
• Extremely functional remote control.
• Performance - Very good picture quality and excellent playback of recorded programs
• Standard Accessories- They put everything but the kitchen sink in the box.
I give this card our "Players Choice Award" for exceptional quality and workmanship that has gone into every small detail."
"Winner, Winner, Winner!! Nvidia 7950 GX2 offers the highest performance level in the single graphics card category. The performance at 1600x1200 with all the eye-candies turned on is just amazing, hardly lower than 80 FPS across the board..."
"According to the results obtained in our high-resolution benchmarks, the NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 1GB becomes the fastest single graphics card around."
"NVIDIA's GeForce 7950 GX2 appears to have launched with a bang, it is quick, quiet and it is the fastest 'single-card' available..."
"The 7950 GX2 is the fastest card available for a single slot motherboard, full stop."
"As you can see, the new GeForce 7950 GX2 is a pretty impressive card when it comes to benchmark numbers. As far as NVIDIA's own numbers go, it totally blows the ATI Radeon X1900 XTX out of water."
"The GeForce 7950 GX2 design is clever and Quad GPU SLI is fantastic!"
"As far as sheer performance goes, all I can say is WOW! At this moment in time, the XFX 7950GX2 XXX Edition is unchallenged as the fastest single out of the box 3D card in existence and will challenge most SLI systems as well."
"...if you're looking for the absolute fastest performing single video card on the market, this is it, bar none."
"...there is a new sheriff in town: the GeForce 7950GX2."
"From all of the tests I have ran it is easy to say that the 7950 is clearly the fastest single video card on the market."
"The XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 is the fastest single-card graphics we've had the pleasure to test here at GameSpot."
"Based on what I've experienced over the past three days, the GeForce 7950 GX2 is yet another top quality product from NVIDIA."
"Still, the GX2 is remarkably tame overall. This card takes up no more space, draws no more power, and generates no more heat or noise than NEAREST COMPETITOR but its performance is in another class altogether."
"To further entice gamers NVIDIA's pricing the GeForce 7950 GX2 very aggressively…. Considering these factors, you could actually argue that the board is somewhat a bargain."
"NVIDIA's 7950 GX2 graphics card is simply a one-of-a-kind in the enthusiast gaming market, at least for the time being. It takes on the best video cards from (nearest competitor) and even NVIDIA, and has a field day with them."
"We were very impressed by the GeForce 7950 GX2, like many of the products NVIDIA has released as of late. NVIDIA an edge over the competition in the HQV benchmark and in our CPU utilization test."
"The 7950GX2 gives you nearly the same performance for hundreds less and gives you an upgrade path which neither of those two can ever offer."
"Can we recommend this product to our readers? The answer is a resounding "Hell Yes"! We'd go so far as to say it will probably be a contender for product of the year, especially given the fact that it can run on many non SLI boards."
“The card comes bundled with all the necessary connectors for a wide variety of home theater and audio setups…”
“NVIDIA's PureVideo is incorporated into the package, which ensures good quality digital video decoding.”
“…the NVIDIA DualTV MCE is a cut above most tuners…. The card is easy to install and sets up in a few minutes with Windows MCE.”
"Separate TV tuner cards will ultimately be more versatile than [competing products with both GPU and tuner on the same card] when building a multimedia system, because they can be used in both gaming and non-gaming systems. This fact along with the dual recording capabilities of the NVIDIA DualTV MCE make it one of the best choices for those interested in buying a high quality TV tuner solution"
“.... installing the DualTV was very simple. ... I installed the included drivers and software and was up and running in only a few minutes”
“The NVIDIA DualTV MCE includes a compatible, useful remote control; a handful of video cables; and an FM antenna cable.”
“Installation was a snap”
“NVIDIA has put everything in the box that will make it easier for you to watch and record TV via a Media Center Edition PC. ..... included almost every cable that you can imagine to make it…widely compatible...”
“For those of you who want a fairly easy solution to record TV on your PC, without having to buy a TiVo or DVD recorder..., the NVIDIA DualTV MCE with host Media Center PC is a viable and compelling alternative.”
“Not only is it easy to set up and use, it works as advertised and provides for excellent quality video. Highly recommended.”
“I am quite impressed with the overall quality of the build of the card and everything that is included…. Awesome.”
“I love the picture quality on these cards, I can really see the difference....”
“Working excellent in V5!! The Picture on this card is BEAUTIFUL!!”
“Installation was smooth and easy on Windows XP Pro-SP2 .... the NVIDIA picture [versus a competing product] was significantly better. ... brighter colors and less snowy. Fast action didn't leave any artifacts whatsoever .... [a competing product] gave me a good picture but the NVIDIA (DualTV) is a step above. .... got my $169.00 worth ...”
“This card has more adjustable options than [a competing product]. …I've got the picture tweaked to where I'm happy with it. There is less noise than before and the color is better. .... The biggest improvement I've noticed so far is that the quality of scrolling news bars (ESPN, CNN, FOXNews) is much better.
I'm getting better PQ [picture quality] on a couple of channels that weren't coming in quite right with [a competing product]...Fox being one of them."
“The FM tuner on this card is the best I have ever experienced.... The installation and set up of this card on MCE is a no brainer, comes with the PureVideo Decoder that NVIDIA sells for at least 20 bucks...”
"lots of goodness in this card”
“This is my new favorite tuner”
"Settings...once you get that magic mix of options, its a gorgeous image"
"“The manual ...is the best guide to fine tuning Media Center Edition ever made“
"Because of its great combination of price, performance, overclockability and power consumption, the NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT is no doubt one of our current favourite cards. In fact, we love it so much we think it deserves our Editor's Choice Award! Congratulations, NVIDIA!"
"The moral: unless you're a hard-core gamer who needs absolute top-shelf equipment to play new, demanding games such as Oblivion or F.E.A.R. at their highest settings, the Toshiba Satellite P105 delivers very strong multimedia and gaming performance..."
"The real thrill of an XPS notebook is its performance, and the M1710 doesn't disappoint. It's the first gaming notebook to arrive in PC Magazine Labs that's built with nVidia's GeForce Go 7900 GTX, by far the most powerful mobile graphics chipset available."
"But, the XPS M1710 is not just another cool notebook. It can also be a super performer with an up to 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GTX or GS graphics processor and up to 4 GB of up to 667 MHz memory."
"But, the XPS M1710 is not just another cool notebook. It can also be a super performer with an up to 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GTX or GS graphics processor and up to 4 GB of up to 667 MHz memory."
"Nvidia's new GeForce Go7900GTX is the most powerful graphics card. It replaced the Go7800GTX. Gaming is phenomenal; there's not a notebook on the market that is as fast as this one at the moment."
"In short, if you want a new graphics card to play the latest games with, then this is the chipset to buy."
"The GeForce 7600 GT is a first class product. Not only has the frame rate performance dazzled me, but so too has the stunning visual quality and highly stable performance. Won Legion Hardware Supreme Value Award."
"...When purchasing a card, it will all come down to pricing and packaging. I would say the ASUS EN7600GT is a strategic product with good pricing."
"In both single-card and multi-card scenarios, the 7900 GTX provided us with our highest benchmarks seen to date...these cards can certainly live up to the claim of being one of the fastest non-overclocked cards on the market."
"We were very pleased with the EN7800GT TOP Silent's performance. The card should outperform all reference 7800 GTs and it can do so silently. The factory overclock definitely helps put it above your average 7800 GT and X1800 XL. Overclocked 7800 GTs and X1800 XLs would be able to hang with the EN7800GT TOP Silent in the performance department, however, but they most likely won't be passively coooled."
"The 7800 GS is currently the fastest AGP graphics card available, making the choice easy if you don’t want to upgrade to a PCI Express motherboard just yet. No games are included but www.scorptec.com.au is offering PCAuthority readers the card for $499 if they quote the code PCAU-XFX. If you want to upgrade your system one last time before moving on, the 7800 GS is a great way to do it."
"The 7800 GS is currently the fastest AGP graphics card available, making the choice easy if you don’t want to upgrade to a PCI Express motherboard just yet. No games are included but www.scorptec.com.au is offering PC Authority readers the card for $499 if they quote the code PCAU-XFX. If you want to upgrade your system one last time before moving on, the 7800 GS is a great way to do it."
"I feel that this is an ideal product for the gamer on a mid-level budget, or a DIY-enthusiast that wants a video card with some kick to it that won't turn his/her HTPC box into a nuclear reactor."
"…From the benchmarks, the GeForce 7900 GT deserves its claim as the second most powerful GPU in the NVIDIA hierarchy."
"…When we saw the initial performance numbers on the 7900GT we knew we would have to get our hands on one and the guys at SilverPCS had them in stock =). Overall, I think the XFX 7900GT is a great budget buy. It performs very well and doesn't have a divorce inducing price tag."
"Leadtek's card seems to be based off Nvidia's reference design like all the 7900 cards on the market today and as it is an "Extreme" cards comes pre-overclocked at a 525MHz core and a 715MHz memory clockspeed. In comparison, a standard 7900 GT comes clocked in at 450MHz for the core and 615MHz for the memory, so this is a nice bump of 75MHz for the core and 100MHz for the memory."
"Nvidia's 7900 GT is an excellent choice for the performance seekers, offering a new level of performance, which is faster than the Nvidia's previous flagship card 7800GTX. The 7900GT offers an excellent performance/price ratio, with 80~90% of 7900GTX's performance at 3/5 the price."
"The 7900 GT is the new 6800 GT. It’s amazing value and isn't far off the speed of nVidia's flagship 7900 GTX, for a fraction of the price. From what we've seen, it looks to overclock really well too! It's also a single slot solution and draws a lot less power than competing products, making it perfect for SFF machines."
"From the benchmarks, the GeForce 7900 GT deserves its claim as the second most powerful GPU in the NVIDIA hierarchy. This may upset some owners of the GeForce 7800 GTX as this new GPU holds the edge for both performance and price over the former leader. But then that's progress - lower prices along with improved performance is just what everyone has been hoping to see with new products."
"Compared to our initial experience with the GeForce 7800 GTX, the GeForce 7900 GTX actually felt faster right out of the box. When we started comparing it against the other cards, the difference was even more apparent."
"Because of its tremendous processing power, we are proud to award it our Reviewer's Choice Award!"
"With the amazing overclockable components and the shear power, this will arguably be the best purchase for the time being. The EVGA e-GeForce 7800 GS CO SuperClock performed above and beyond our expectations."
"The XFX 7600GS is a good example of what kind of performance you can expect from a mid-level mainstream video card today. And, it's got decent performance as well. The card is on Newegg today for a price of $143, putting it squarely against a X1600XT in price category. XFX has overclocked their card to a very nice 500MHz; just 50MHz slower than the 7600GT and 100MHz faster than NVIDIA's reference clock. SLI performace is very solid and shows NVIDIA improving the SLI support and drivers."
"I'd be stating the painfully obvious if I said that the BFG GeForce 7900 GTX was a screamer, but I'll do it anyway -- the BFG GeForce 7900 GTX is a screamer."
"As an enthusiast and over clocker I have to say that if you were planning to upgrade or building a new system I highly recommend looking long and hard at the 7900 GT. If you were thinking of spending within $75 of its asking price I would still look at the performance of this card and beg, steal, or borrow enough to purchase one."
"If you have the ends, and want a huge upgrade from even the 6800-series of GeForce cards, than the 7900GT is definitely your ticket to ride. If you feel adventurous, then you should use the Coolbits tool to overclock the card and really step up performance. There’s really no reason to look anywhere else for a graphics card – if I were going to buy any card today, the 7900GT would be my top pick."
"Finally, the best of all is its attractive price. The MSI NX7600GS-T2D256EH costs just US$129, almost 70 dollars less than the GeForce 7600 GT. It may even become a strong alternative to the GeForce 7300 GS, should consumers be willing to spend a bit more."
"If you're in the market for a midrange graphics upgrade, we’d highly suggest you check out the GeForce 7600 GS. After testing this product and the GeForce 7600 GT earlier this month, it certainly looks like NVIDIA's got a pretty strong successor to the GeForce 6600 line. We wouldn’t be surprised to see these 7600 cards sell like hotcakes, just like the GeForce 6600s did…"
"nVidia's 7600 GT dominated most of our tests. At our highest resolution (1600 by 1200), with antialiasing turned off, the card won every single one of our eight game-based tests, often by a notable margin. For example, in our Battlefield 2 test the 7600 GT notched 55 frames per second, while the 6800 GT reached 42 fps and the X1600 XT hit 34 fps."
"The 7600 GT ran away with nearly every test we performed when compared with comparable products..."
"XFX has produced the fastest 7900 GTX to date with their 700 MHz core and 1800 MHz memory clocks. I would be willing to call up Vegas and put my money down on EVGA matching the speeds with a future KO SUPERCLOCK part. The thing about EVGA is they are the guys who see what you have and say, "Wait here, I’ll be right back." Then after you hear some pounding in the garage they walk out with a glowing product so special you can see the aura around it. As for what is on the table now from both companies either will satisfy your need for speed."
"Go out and buy a GeForce 7900 GTX SLI setup as it will provide you the best overall gaming experience on the planet. If you can afford that, let us suggest you grab you one of those big ass widescreen displays too. And don’t weenie out at 24” like we did, you might as well go for the gusto! "
"While the 6800 GS was our baby for a low-cost performance graphics card before, the new 7600 GT out performs it in the more shader-intense applications putting it in a special corner of our hearts; the cheap corner."
"Well, after running the GeForce 7600 GT through a gamut of benchmarks, we can definitely say that NVIDIA hasn’t forgotten about the mainstream price segment, as the GeForce 7600 GT is another killer $200 GPU offering from NVIDIA. Anyone in the market for a new $200 graphics card though should definitely consider NVIDIA’s GeForce 7600 GT. This card is definitely one of the best buys to come along since the GeForce 6600 GT, and the GeForce4 Ti 4200 before that. NVIDIA’s legacy for building compelling mainstream GPUs definitely lives on. "
"It does appear as though the 7600 GT is the true spiritual successor of the 6600 GT, and NVIDIA hopes that this product will last as long as the 6600 series did. Looking at the features and performance that this card brings to the table, I have few doubts that it will fulfill the needs of NVIDIA for some time to come across the midrange and eventual budget sectors. "
"If I had to sum this product up (7600 GT) in two words it would be: absolutely fantastic. "
"The GeForce 7600 GT, in particular, looks to be a great performer for the price and the new king of the sweet spot in PC graphics, much like the GeForce 6600 GT was before it. "
"The GeForce 7600GT is also in an excellent position. "
"On the whole GeForce 7600 GT proves to be a very welcome introduction, one that raises the performance bar for its class. "
"Sweet momma .. daddy likes some sugar in his coffee and this card (7900 GT) is the sugar! "
"If however money does play a part in your decision making then we think you’ll find the GeForce 7900 GT a very impressive gaming solution for the price. "
"I'd say the GeForce 7900 GT is in pretty good shape regardless. At about $299, a non-"factory overclocked" should offer more card for the money than the incumbent GeForce 7800 GT, until now a favorite of ours at this price point. "
"Things just get better for NVIDIA with the GeForce 7900GT. This card is sure to be popular amongst performance enthusiasts. If street prices settle around $299 as we suspect they will, the GeForce 7900 GT is going to be immensely popular. The card offers excellent performance with a single slot design, at a very aggressive price point. "
"Between the two GPUs, the slam dunk product in our opinion is NVIDIA’s GeForce 7900 GT. For $300 you’re basically getting a graphics card that delivers performance that’s a little greater than the GeForce 7800 GTX (typically the 7900 GT runs between 5-8% faster than a 7800 GTX), but in a smaller, cooler-running package. With the GeForce 7900 GT, NVIDIA’s basically established a new level of performance at the $300 price point... "
"The performance of the 7900 GT is definitely something to get excited about... "
"The EVGA 7900GT is in a class by itself. "
"Out of the box the EVGA 7900 GT CO SUPERCLOCKED is one very impressive card. This is undoubtedly the fastest mid-range card I have ever tested staying with or bettering the 7800 GTX in the benchmarks used in this preview. "
"While the 7900 GTX is a very exciting and powerful card, the 7900 GT and 7600 GT really wowed us and captured most of our excitement for this launch. "
"Go out and buy a GeForce 7900 GTX SLI setup as it will provide you the best overall gaming experience on the planet. If you can afford that, let us suggest you grab you one of those big ass widescreen displays too. And don’t weenie out at 24” like we did, you might as well go for the gusto! "
"There is no doubt that the 7900 GTX is one fast card, easily the fastest card available from Nvidia. "
"Overall, I am quite pleased with NVIDIA's latest addition to the GeForce family (GeForce 7900 GTX) -- who wouldn't be? In my opinion, this entire product launch comes down to three key points: same price, same power consumption, better performance. That's all that can really be said without being redundant. "
"It's again the fastest flagship graphics card available (marginally here and there with the X1900 XTX from ATI) yet it's price ... yeah that's what I like the most. You want to know why? "
"In the case of the GeForce 7900 GTX, NVIDIA cranks up the clock speeds significantly to deliver a part that outruns the so-called "GeForce 7800 Ultra" of yesteryear, the GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB. This is a pretty nice achievement, especially considering the GeForce 7900 GTX’s $500 price tag "
"The 7900 GTX is an outstanding performer in all of our gaming tests..."
"After spending some time with the card, it's clear the 7800GS is an excellent upgrade path for many users, especially if you have a modern CPU like an Athlon 4000+ or FX-57 to go along with it."
"The results of the 3D operations were surprisingly high, as in the best smartphones. The explanation for this is that there is a 3D-accelerator from NVIDIA (GoForce 4800) in the device. This is currently the company’s top solution and it delivers high efficiency in 3D games that are written in the appropriate API (it is 4X the performance of the K750 in this respect)."
"The camera performance is greatly improved due to the presence of the NVIDIA GoForce 4800 chip, and as a result, the photo quality is better."
"Amongst the hardware differences between the W900i and previous models is the 3D accelerator by NVIDIA, used here for the first time. Thanks to the NVIDIA GoForce 4800 chip, the device started driving video in high resolution, supporting 3D games with high fps. One of the examples of such a game is preinstalled PowerBall Arcade."
"From a hardware point of view, the use of NVIDIA 3D chipset enables the W900i to take QVGA 30fps 3GPP video. I have compared the video quality taken by W900i and Sharp SX833 (903) (Both of them can take QVGA video). I found W900i production is smoother than SX833 because of the difference between 30fps and 15fps"
"As you can see, the performance of the W900i is very high and its 3D graphics speed deserves special attention. The reason is the integrated NVIDIA GoForce 4800 GPU... The W900i is its first implementation and it is quite successful because the NVIDIA GoForce 4800 sports the hardware MPEG-4 decoder (up to 640 х 480 pixels) and JPEG coder (up to 2048 х 1536). The hardware accelerator itself looks appealing – it's fast and high quality."
"...EVGA’s e-GeForce 7800 GS CO Superclock board is the fastest AGP graphics card overall on the market right now."
"With the GeForce 7800 GS, Nvidia has given AGP users a reason to celebrate."
"NVIDIA has a winner on its hands in the AGP arena."
"Quite simply, NVIDIA has delivered a very good product. ... This card is an amazing addition and a very welcome release for the many hardcore gamers who are still using, and committed to staying with an architecture that's seemingly been abandoned by most manufacturers."
"This card is NVIDIA's fastest AGP based card yet, as it bested the GeForce 6800 Ultra in all of our tests."
"For now, we can certainly conclude that the 7800 GS is a worthy AGP part."
"So if you want to stay with your AGP system but want a better card, I see no reason to look any farther than the XFX 7800 GS."
"When you combine this with the 7800 GS OC AGP’s performance, you’ve got a combination that’s pretty hard to beat."
"The 7800 GS is probably the better choice overall because of its support for Shader Model 3.0 and 16-bit floating-point blending and filtering. These capabilities will no doubt make the 7800 GS more future-proof, as contradictory as that may sound for an AGP card."
"As it is, this is easily the best thing you can add to your ailing AGP system."
"...GeForce 7800 GS seems like an attractive parts for those determined to stick with AGP."
"The GeForce 7800 GS for the AGP platform is hitting a pretty sweet spot for me. "
"For user's who have AGP systems and were thinking about getting a new video card and NOT upgrading their boards to support PCI Express, the 7800 GS is really the only option I would recommend."
"This product is in a class by itself sitting under no cards shadow in the AGP market."
"The XFX GeForce 6600 DDR2 has provided HardOCP with the best gaming experiences we have ever had in the sub-$100 category."
"The new NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with DDR2 memory support again takes the performance lead in the budget GPU market. Casual gamers and second-system builders will definitely want to give this GPU, and in particular this model from our friends at XFX, a good look."
"This is easily one of the best graphics card values around. 5 out of 5 and an Editor's Choice Award."
"The bottom line is that the 512 MB GeForce 7800 GTX is one incredible piece of hardware."
"In just about every benchmark the only solution (not including its winning SLI configuration) that could beat the 7800 GTX 512 was the 7800 GTX SLI setup."
"The bottom line is simple: the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX 512 graphics card is the new king of the hill."
"The GeForce 7800 GTX 512 is easily the fastest graphics card on the planet."
"In any case, the GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB is here today, and for the time being at least, it’s the new king of the hill in desktop graphics performance."
"Heading into the holiday buying season, NVIDIA is in a very strong position. They've got very strong products in every segment of the market - The GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB at the ultra-high-end, the GeForce 7800 GT in the performance-mainstream segment, the new 6800 GS in the mainstream segment, and the GeForce 6600 256MB DDR2 in the budget segment."
"There is no doubt that the new NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX 512 MB is the fastest consumer level graphics card you can buy. NVIDIA has hit one out of the park with the GeForce 7800 GTX 512 MB GPU. If you want the ultimate gaming PC, you now have a new card to put on your list."
"Nvidia have been on a roll lately and the GeForce 7800 GTX 512 isn't one to stop. With hardware widely available on this launch today, unparalleled performance and leading technology it is hard to beat."
"NVIDIA has once again given the enthusiast the ultimate graphics card, and running the 7800 GTX 512s in SLI is pure heaven."
"In short, the GeForce 7800 GTX 512 has instantly become the fastest single consumer graphics board money can buy. Only NVIDIA's own 7800-based SLI solutions can go faster at the time of writing. The performance is carried well, too, with a great cooler and good usable features."
"...this card is a clear winner in our minds."
"This board ultimately fills out a very impressive holiday line up for Nvidia which represents one of the highest values in a while."
"To state it simply, the XFX GeForce 6600 256MB DDR2 is a standout product at its price point. Our expectations were exceeded on almost every level."
"This card is all about delivering extraordinary price/performance, and as far as we’re concerned, it’s the best graphics card on the market in its price range. You just can’t find a better buy right now."
"For under $100 you can now have DX 9.0c and SM 3.0 with 256 MB of RAM. XFX has truly brought mainstream gaming to the masses with the PV-T43P-UDS7 GeForce 6600 with DDR2."
"Overall I am very happy with what NVIDIA and its partners have done here. Providing a higher performing part at the budget enthusiast level is always a good thing, and with new titles such as Quake 4, Battlefield 2, and F.E.A.R. hitting the shelves the budget enthusiast needs every ounce of performance they can find. This is also an excellent product for those stuck with onboard video, as it will have a very positive impact on the playability of pretty much every game out there."
"For now, it looks like NVIDIA 7800GTX PureVideo represents the best on the PC when it comes to HD..."
"As you can see in the benchmarks, this card is pretty quick on the draw and might bring us to a new level of real time rendering. We'll have a more in depth review and benchmark session on this video card in the coming days, so stay tuned for that. One big item of note is how quiet this card was for a high level card... almost HTPC quiet already. Put that on top of the practical death of Powerstrip with these new drivers, and we're moving into an interesting time period for HTPC users."
"The 6600GT, I have to say I was really incredibly impressed. The component out looked amazing and worked very well... Honestly you really cant go wrong with the 6600 GT...If there was an award to give I would have to say that the Chaintech SA6600G - 6600 GT card is worthy of one. It's a nice bundle, excellent IQ through the included component video adapter, and amazing performance all at a low price really make it an awesome card."
"NVIDIA's PureVideo Technology is a great step forward in improved image quality and performance for everything from home movies to high definition video...In the end, PureVideo is a great technology from NVIDIA that is basically a free addition to a line of graphics cards that already had much of the enthusiast crowds' attention."
"The video quality produced on the GeForce 6 Series of graphics cards with PureVideo technology was excellent, and rivaled that of most consumer electronics devices... NVIDIA's PureVideo Technology and new decoder software dramatically improve video playback on the PC, and further blurs the lines between the PC and a Home Entertainment Center."
"the NVIDIA PureVideo codec even offered better image quality than the latest DScaler 5 build... Overall we're pleased with PureVideo, there's very little to complain about."
"NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GT conquers everything on the market right now."
"With the 7800 GT, performance is outstanding… NVIDIA has done magnificently with their two latest GPU releases by bringing out faster products with top shelf feature sets and having product available on launch day."
"The GeForce 7800 GT clearly delivers more performance at the sub-$500 price point than any card currently on the market."
"Looking back at the performance and image quality we experienced on the BFGTech GeForce 7800 GT OC, we are left with a big smile on our faces."
"There’s not much else to say – the benchmarks clearly show the 7800GT taking a strong command over the [competition]."
"The card is simply blazing fast"
"It's the same price as [the competition's] current best, performs as well in games, and does significantly better in almost every other facet that you'd consider. More forward-looking features, less heat, less power consumed."
"[Something] worth noting is the heat the card generated… or lack there of."
"It's clear that nVidia has a winner on its hands."
"NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT 256MB gets the Original Design award (August). A chip manufacturer gets this award for the first time!"
"Enhanced HDR capability makes this one of a kind."
"It's really a no-brainer here. The GeForce 7800 GT is a great GPU."
"To say we are somewhat overwhelmed [by the 7800 GT] would be a slight understatement at this moment in time. Winner- Excellence Award."
"The GeForce 7800 GT is indeed as good as it gets."
"The GeForce 7800 GT is packed with the latest features and offers extreme gaming performance. "
"There is absolutely nothing in this price range right now capable of delivering close to this level of performance."
"Kudos to NVIDIA for once again raising the bar and making the hearts of many gamers rejoice; SLI is back, and with a vengeance."
"Adding transparency AA and further enhancing the efficiency of their PureVideo hardware will be the most tangible feature additions of the GeForce 7800 GTX."
"With the G70, NVIDIA's high-end cards finally get a proper PureVideo implementation."
"Alongside the latest incarnation of SLi, the 7800 GTX features a new version of PureVideo, NVIDIA's video image processing system, which can handle all HD resolutions."
"PureVideo utilizing the 7800 GTX was working in the G70 hardware 100%, a deinterlacing feast for the eyes and impressive for sure."
"In the end, the SLI platform from NVIDIA represents the optimum when it comes to 3D games, because the option of working with two graphics cards is enticing, to say the least. It is with exactly the gaming clientele that DFI can make its mark, because its board includes the equipment that the aspiring gamer needs, without making any compromises in terms of available features. Most importantly, the LANParty NF4 LSI-DR proves to be a master at overclocking, thanks to its high-quality components."
"The Albatron K8SLI is a board designed with cost in mind, but performance has not been left out. All benchmarks show that it can compete with other more expensive boards. If you want to overclock you can definitely buy this motherboard, it should have enough headroom for any CPU or memory you will throw at it. Hardcore overclockers might want more BIOS settings to tweak their board with, but for everybody else there are enough options."
"The Gigabyte 8N-SLI is an excellent all-around performer, and its overclocking capabilities were outstanding. I had so much fun tweaking the system that you will likely soon see a followup article on tweaking the 8N-SLI here on Neoseeker. The 1066 Mhz front side bus really helps make the nForce4 shine; the memory bandwidth in Sandra increased by almost 40% with careful tweaking of the memory parameters and the bus speed."
"From what we've seen so far, the P5ND2-SLI Deluxe chalks up another win for ASUS scoring strong on features with first-rate gaming performance. The P5GD2-SLI Deluxe is not only an excellent piece of gaming hardware, it is to the Pentium what the A8N-SLI Deluxe should have been for the Athlon. The board can be found retailing for US$233, a fair sum but definitely worth for its target user group. If only the board performed more consistently in all our tests and was free from the PEG link issue, the ASUS P5ND2-SLI Deluxe might have walked off with full marks."
"A solid improvement to an excellent architecture. The fastest graphics card money can buy."
"The GeForce 7800 GTX is without a doubt the fastest 3D-chip that's currently available."
"Don't underestimate the computing power that this card offers as it's absolutely the fastest thing I've had in our testlab. Allow me to applaud the single slot design cooling that actually is silent and working efficiently. The 7800 GTX is a power house."
"[The GeForce 7800 GTX] runs faster, it renders higher-quality graphics, and it consumes less power. Let's give NVIDIA a big round of applause for making the GeForce 7800 GTX available to purchase today!"
"GeForce 7800 GTX delivers on it's promise of higher performance at lower power. NVIDIA has pulled off an incredible launch."
"The entire gameplay evaluation summary can actually be summed up simply by saying that the GeForce 7800 GTX is "really freaking fast." If you want the best gaming video card on the market, the GeForce 7800 GTX is it right now."
"The GeForce 7800 GTX is a considerable performance advance over its predecessor, the 6800 Ultra. The fact that the card comes with a quiet, single-slot cooler only sweetens the deal."
"After pages of benchmarks and performance comparisons, we can clearly see that NVIDIA has unquestionably produced the fastest video card to date."
"This card does everything better, and somewhat incredibly does it while using less power."
"Clearly when it comes to performance, NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GTX is in a class of its own, establishing new levels of performance for the high-end sector."
"Available immediately to consumers, GeForce 7800 GTX GPUs feature a completely redesigned architecture that brings with it a number of groundbreaking achievements."
"The GeForce 7800 GTX has more features, it's faster and quieter than NVIDIA's previous flagship, and it does it all while using only a single slot and consuming about the same power. In short, the GeForce 7800 GTX is simply the best overall choice at this point in time for hardcore gamers who will settle for nothing less than the fastest, most feature-rich video card available."
"[With the GeForce 7800 GTX] we graphics enthusiasts are living in exciting times."
"The GeForce 7800 GTX is the fastest available single graphics card and when you combine two of them in an SLI system, you'll get performance that's simply top notch. Overall, the GeForce 7800 GTX simply rules."
"The gaming performance on the GeForce 7800 GTX is nothing short of amazing and it takes the crown as the fastest single GPU configuration."
"With the 7800GTX NVIDIA has proven to me that they truly are the 3D graphics market leader."
"Reduced power consumption and heat dissipation in feature-rich, fast parts is a winning combination for end users and a trend SimHQ would love to see continue into the future."
"The bottom line is that the [NVIDIA nForce4 SLI-based] Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI motherboard is impressive."
"BFG have made a great little motherboard utlizing the nForce4 Ultra MCP."
"The NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra MCP is already very feature rich."
"The [NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra-based] DFI Ultra-D is honestly the best overclocking motherboard available."
"The nForce4 has been very successful since it has hit the market...and for good reason--it is the only widely available PCIe solution available for the K8 platform. The Chaintech VNF4 Ultra is an absolute steal for the enthusiast on a budget and is highly recommended for anyone looking for a scorcher for overclocking..."
"The DFI nForce4-DAGF packs quite an overclocking punch."
"This [Epox 9NPA+ Ultra] is a really great Socket 939 motherboard for people who like to tweak, tune, and squeeze every last bit of performance out of their Athlon 64 CPU. Epox's motherboard provides all of the usual great features of the nForce 4 Ultra chipset-SATA-II, Gigabit Ethernet, PCI Express, robust RAID support-and packages it on a well-laid-out board."
"Pros: Good performance, ActiveArmor, impressive storage options, SLI, good overclocker, and stable."
"When it came to ease of use, stability, and overclocking performance the Chaintech VNF4 Ultra surprised us to no end. 320HTT is nothing to sneeze at and since the board gave us no indication that it was ready to stop we're pretty sure it could easily max out the clock generator. Given that overclocking should actually have a purpose we switched gears and opted to see what our hardware was capable of. The result was some insane benchmark numbers and a system just begging for more."
"The Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI has just about everything one might need in a motherboard, full of features and most importantly, the board is nothing less than rock stable."
"The LanParty line of motherboards from DFI have always catered to the kind of PC enthusiast who likes to really push his components to the limit, and this one is no exception. You should know that this model continues the legacy of adding features to help you push your hardware beyond its intended specifications. It's also not outrageously expensive, and in fact costs a little less than many other nForce 4 Ultra motherboards on the market."
"The GigaByte GA-K8N Ultra-9 motherboard featuring the new NVIDIA nForce 4 Ultra chipset delivers significant performance gains with variety of new generation architectures including dual-channel DDR, PCI-Express interface and Serial-ATA II interface for improving storage performance."
"NVIDIA integrates lot of good stuff into its nForce4 chipset. Serial ATA II is an emerging technology and the NF4 already supports it. NVIDIA is still the only chipset manufacturer to build a hardware firewall into its chipsets as well."
"The DFI LanParty UT nF4 SLI-DR is a motherboard targeted towards the performance enthusiast market, and they hit the target. The multitude of hardware options and BIOS tweaks will put a smile on the face of an overclocker for days."
"The Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI is my personal favorite of the bunch as it is a well balanced product, offering a bit of everything, for this reason I am going to give it the "Value Award". The ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe is another impressive product making it a difficult choice between the K8NXP-SLI and the A8N-SLI Deluxe. Therefore I am going to give this motherboard the "Performance Award" for its consistently strong performance. Finally, the DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR is certainly a "Must Have" item for overclockers and it too will be receiving an award!"
"NVIDIA's entry into the P4 chipset segment is certainly impressive. NVIDIA also provides better built-in features such as support for ten USB 2.0 ports, four IDE drives along with four SATA drives than can be mixed to create RAID and their Active Armor Firewall technology."
"The nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition mainboards will be a hip and trendy product for those that opt the high-end path. Overall I can only say that I was very much pleased with overall performance and stability, it simply was great."
"Feature-wise, nForce4 SLI Intel Edition is nearly unmatched in virtually every respect. When paired with 2 NVIDIA video cards in SLI mode, the motherboard has the ability to have higher performance than any other equivalent Intel system."
"NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition is the best solution for today."
"NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition-based boards [are] much more attractive than other boards designed for Intel CPUs."
"It is NVIDIA's product that will ensure our PC the highest performance especially for SLI configuration, fast memories and double core processor. There is no doubt that from now on motherboards based on nForce4 SLI Intel Edition will be chosen by a great number of Intel-oriented enthusiasts."
"Asus' new P5ND2-SLI Deluxe, based on the new nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition chipset has proven itself to be serious powerhouse in our testing, bringing out some of the best all around performance we've seen from the Pentium 4 architecture to date. You simply can't argue with the consistently strong numbers this motherboard turned out when you look at it from all the angles we did in the HotHardware.com test labs."
"NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition is not just as good as any of the competitors from Intel, but can boast a few serious advantages over them. The major pride of nForce4 SLI (Intel Edition) is its rich functionality. Serial ATA-II and RAID 5, Gigabit network controller with ActiveArmor, and SLI mode for graphics cards - these are certainly the major trumps."
"[NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition] currently is the best Pentium core logic product out there."
"Our expectations for the nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition chipset were high, and they were either met or exceeded. To put it succinctly, the nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition motherboard chipset looks to be just as good if not better than Intel’s 925XE part while delivering a more robust end user feature set."
"Hard-core gamers that prefer Intel processors need to look no further than NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI to deliver the best gaming experience on the market today."
"NVIDIA has certainly made a splash with their debut on the Intel side with a solid product."
"From what we can ascertain, NVIDIA had two aims when engineering a chipset for the Pentium 4. The first was to break into a lucrative market that had been hither-to closed to it. The second was to replicate the performance success of its SLI chipset for AMD-based CPUs. It, I feel, has succeeded on both counts."
"Without a doubt, NVIDIA has created a very promising and feature-rich Intel platform."
"With this chipset, NVIDIA has made the Intel platform far more attractive to hardcore gamers and enthusiasts who were contemplating a purchase of an SLI setup. The bottom line is that the NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition, is a feature rich, high-performance chipset that further ads to the appeal of an Intel based system."
"With the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition, this is the first time in quite a while that we're genuinely excited about something Intel related for gamers and enthusiasts."
"Hard-core gamers who use Intel CPUs would want to take a long, hard look at nForce4 for Intel systems and motherboards. What may be a greater factor for the non-PC gaming community of users are the other features, such as the flexible RAID setup, the hardware-assisted TCP for gigabit Ethernet and the built-in hardware firewall."
"For a first chipset in the Intel world, to be able to directly compete with high level Intel solutions is an achievement that needs to be highlighted!"
"With the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition, NVIDIA was successful in putting all the features of its chipset for Athlon 64 on the Intel platform."
"We have to say that the RAID implementation by NVIDIA is probably one of the best as it's so smooth and efficient.. When it comes to choose, the nForce 4 SLI Edition is for sure the best chipset for Intel processors if you are a gamer or if you want to overclock."
"In terms of performance, well you saw the benchmarks... For the Intel platform, the [NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition-based] Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal is simply amazing."
"We can say that if you're looking to max out 3D performance in an Intel box, Nvidia's Nforce4 SLI Intel Edition is your only option".
"If our preliminary tests on a (non-SLI) dual-core Intel "white box" system are any indication, you'll see immediate performance gains with the dual-core Mach V in multitasking scenarios and when running multithreaded apps, such as Adobe Photoshop and Apple iTunes. And thanks to Nvidia SLI technology, the Mach V adds two high-end GeForce 6800 Ultras to the mix, which only increases overall performance."
"NVIDIA set out to make the fastest Pentium 4 platform and they succeeded -- period. The SLI technology is going to be the main draw to this new chipset and high end enthusiasts that are sticking with Intel are definitely going to be leaning towards this option for their next motherboard as it is the best choice for features and performance."
"If you’re a hardcore gamer looking to get the most performance out of the Intel platform as possible, a motherboard based on NVIDIA’s nForce4 SLI Intel Edition should be at the top of your list of components to purchase."
"From what I've seen so far, NVIDIA definitely has a winner on its hands [with NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition]."
"We feel that NVIDIA did an admirable job in its [of NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition] as it delvers performance in spades when compared to competiting chipsets [and] has the most robust features going."
"As an enthusiast level chipset, its performance is really honorable."
"The highest echelon among Pentium 4 chipsets. "When looking at the benchmark results, the nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition is clearly superior to its rival. There is no question that the combination of the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition and DDR- 667 memory extracts the best that the Pentium 4 platform has to offer."
"From the end of last year until now, the attention-grabbing NVIDIA SLI platform was exclusive to Athlon 64, but thanks to the arrival of the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition, there's no doubt that the Pentium 4 has also re-gained prominence."
"Mobile chips are not Nvidia's traditional playing field and a segment in which it had little success to challenge ATI's market dominance. The company however is serious to increase its pace and chip sales in a territory where it sees lots of growth opportunity. Recently, Nvidia introduced the Go 6200 and 6600. Now the firm expanded its high-end offering with the GeForce Go 6800 Ultra: The processor will mainly appear in prestigious performance and desktop replacement (DTR) notebooks and debuted today inside Dell's fastest mobile computer."
"...the XPS put up numbers comparable to a high-end desktop gaming machine. Combining the power of the GeForce Go 6800 Ultra with the Pentium M 2.13GHz, is downright unfair. It's no easy feat to run Doom 3 at 1600x1200 with high-quality settings at well over 60 frames per second. The Inspiron XPS Gen 2 laptop will outperform all but the most power of desktop systems."
"The main distinction from the AJP Z71A, however, is the GeForce Go 6600 graphics chip... a splendid achievement by NVIDIA, particularly considering the power-saving tweaks."
"Of course, all this performance can't be attributed solely to the machine's processor... a GeForce Go6600 graphics chipset. These are well-matched components that work as a team to produce this excellent performance."
"The target market for the 6200 products are the "well at least it's not integrated graphics" crowd. For them, we can recommend the standard 6200 without reservation. At around $110 for the 128MB version, it beats the pants off of any integrated solution and most other cheap cards, and can definitely let you play the latest games."
"I don't know of a card that can beat it at a price-point of $70 for value and performance."
"In the 70 dollar price range, there are absolutely no PCI-E video cards that can touch the 6200 TC."
"The XFX 6600GT is the best sub $200 card I have ever owned. If you want great performance at a great price, this is the card you need."
"Bottom line? NVIDIA's 6600GT offers the best gaming value going right now, and BFG's card should be the one you snag if you get one. So, go ahead, stop reading this now and go buy one - really, no other 6600GT-based card performs as well."
"The biggest thing to draw from this review today is that the 6600GT is a nice mainstream card that provides support for the latest DirectX and OpenGL standards while at the same time performing a cut above the high end cards of the previous generation. Both eVGA and Chaintech have put together good examples of a reference 6600GT design. Both are great buys and we would have no hesitation in recommending the 6600GT in either flavor."
"All three GeForce 6600 GT-based video cards we tested today will provide you with a great gameplay experience, and they really are the best value in the mainstream video card category."
"The BFG GeForce 6600GT OC is an excellent graphics card for everyday users who want reasonable 3D performance, and will even suit gamers on a budget."
"Amazed. That is how I feel after reviewing the Leadtek A6600 GT TDH. This small card packs a punch worthy of a heavy-weight title."
"Overall, the Leadtek WinFast PX6600 GT TDH is a great little card for around $200. The included bundle adds a considerable amount to the package. The software and utilities are useful and handy while the games are very popular even if they aren't all that new. The PX6600 GT's performance is quite good and at times impressive, especially when in SLI mode."
"The bottom line is that for anyone who's looking for most of the performance of the high-end cards, at almost half the price, look no further than the XFX GeForce 6600GT AGP. It's a great card and you won't be disappointed."
"Frankly, I was shocked by the overall performance of the Chaintech Geforce 6600 GT SE6600G PCI Express video cards. My reason for this shock and awe was how well it performed under all my torture tests. I was hard pressed to even get the cards to artifact during testing, no matter how hard I pushed, which was a first and especially on NVIDIA graphics cards for me personally. Graphics performance was thoroughly examined in single card mode, and also using dual SLI mode with a SLI bridge topping the two bright turquoise PCI Express video cards. I began testing with the 66.93 drivers, and progressed to the 75.90 NVIDIA ForceWare drivers which worked like a charm.
This product exceeded my wildest expectations."
"The ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe easily makes our list of great motherboards. While the price may be sitting in the rather steep $200 range, we don't hesitate to recommend this motherboard for your next SLI rig. If you're on the path to getting two GeForce 6800 Ultras, adding the Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe to your shopping cart will be a step in the right direction."
"The BFG GeForce 6800GT OC delivers top-notch 3D performance now, and promises to be a decent long-term buy for gaming enthusiasts."
"If your goal is the best mobile 3D performance available, then nVidia's DDR3-based solution will give you the best frame rates."
"If you crave fast 3D gaming performance that you can carry in a backpack, the GeForce Go 6800 will scratch your itch. Just be prepared..."
"The performance of the GeForce Go 6800 Ultra is unprecedented in the mobile space."
"Fast, stable, great looks and phenomenal overclocking abilities are highlights of the LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D. It is hard to highlight all the positives about an excellent product without sounding too gushy but the nF4 Ultra-D is just that good. Definitely a must have for anyone serious about overclocking."
"In the LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D DFI was able to produce a motherboard worthy of all the hype that has been surrounding them lately. This board has a great layout, looks sweet, and is a strong performer. Considering its price this board is a sure winner."
"Foxconn has really delivered an exceptional value with the WinFast NF4UK8AA board."
"With the nForce4 Ultra's impressive feature set, generally competitive performance, and extensive BIOS-level tweaking, monitoring, and overclocking options, the Fatal1ty AN8 proves to be an excellent Athlon 64 motherboard."
"There you have it. The rundown of the Fatal1ty's performance and overclocking potential is definitely exceptional. While the board lacks great VDIMM options, the BIOS allows other great voltage ranges and many memory adjustments. I'm pretty sure that most of you are interested in the comparison against DFI's Ultra-D, and our review of that motherboard will arrive soon. As for now, the Fatal1ty provides great performance and overclocking headroom for the gamers."
"The Foxconn Winfast NF4K8MC-ERS is the first nForce 4 and the first PCI-Express motherboard that I have had the chance to review and it is a nice motherboard. Since it is a micro-ATX motherboard I didn't expect it to have tons of ports and connectors and to still get 4 SATA port and 2 IDE ports with full RAID support as well as both USB2 and Firewire ports is a definite plus with this motherboard."
"Hands down the best motherboard I've ever used. The LANParty NF4 SLI-DR is an awesome performer that really shows what AMD's socket 939 is capable of. Couple that with the best bundle available and this board is the standard all others should be judged against."
"There is not a whole lot more to say about theDFI LanParty nF4 SLI-DR that we have not already said about the Ultra-D. This should be on the short list of boards to get for anyone that has the slightest inclination to tinker and is also looking for a SLI board. This is a board that will let power users squeeze as much performance out of their 939 chip as possible. It is not often that it can be claimed that one particular part will never hamper a spirited overclocking attempt but the nF4 SLI-DR is one of those rare cases where there should be no doubts about its pedigree."
"Rock solid, clean design and superb performance make this a great choice for gaming."
"Since the PX6800 has the option for the budding SLI technology it deserves a little more in the ratings. I give the Leadtek PX6800 TDH 9.5 pimp hats and award it the PimpRig Pimp Gear Award."
"Bragging rights as a PC gamer are fleeting, at best. Someone can always come along in a few months with a faster system. But as games become more graphics and CPU intensive, having the headroom inherent in our liquid-cooled SLI system means that we won't have to upgrade this system for a long, long time."
"We had a lot of fun working with this [NVIDIA nForce4 SLI] board and for that reason we strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a top of the line socket 939 board."
"Known as the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI, this chipset supports a whole host of new and exciting features. The nForce4 series looks to be the best NVIDIA chipset creation yet."
"nForce4 Ultra is the chipset you're going to want if you're building a new Athlon 64 system."
"A single NX6600GT-TD128E is fast, and two in SLI mode can compete with a much higher end and more expensive Radeon X800XT based video card in most respects!"
"Well I'm more impressed with the board than the cards to be honest, as it offers pretty good overclocking at a very affordable price. If you compare it against the rest of the SLI boards out in the market, you will find that it is one of the cheapest. I applaud Asus for coming out with a plain-Jane version of the A8N for the consumers who do not need the extras."
"The 3D1 doesn't quite match a single 6800GT when the settings are maxed out and doesn't offer any further upgrade potential. It will also limit you in the future to using Gigabyte motherboards, which could prove to be too restrictive in the future considering the investment. But if you've already decided on buying a 6600GT based SLi system, the Gigabyte 3D1 bundle makes a lot of sense. It will save you money on a standard 6600GT set-up, is effective and also will reduce system noise and increased stability over a two card solution."
"Overall, the eVGA 6800GT PCI-Express offers excellent performance. For today's games a single 6800GT is plenty but for the extreme gamer with cash to spare an SLI setup is definately sweet. Image quality is simply outstanding. I noticed no glitches or stability issues while testing the cards individually or as a team."
"If you're the eye candy hungry guy/gal who needs to game at 1600 x 1200, the extra card will most often make a big difference for you. For a lot of the other gamers, one 6600 GT should suffice for nice gaming at 1024 x 768."
"All things taken into consideration, we rate the Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI motherboard four out of five stars and highly recommend it for feature freaks, overclockers and others who feel Gigabyte's redundancy measures are of great importance. While it is a good board, it's not the perfect SLI board for all users."
"Overall, the eVGA 6800GT PCI-Express offers excellent performance. In SLI the bandwith increase is enormous but so is the cost of an additional card. For today's games a single 6800GT is plenty but for the extreme gamer with cash to spare an SLI setup is definately sweet. Image quality is simply outstanding. I noticed no glitches or stability issues while testing the cards individually or as a team. eVGA has done an excellent job with the 6800GT PCI-E but I would have liked to see a game or two bundled with the package considering the price tag. We also notice that with features like AA and AF enabled the NVIDIA based 6800GT running single falls slightly short compared to the ATI X800 Pro in UT2004 and FarCry. I'm sure that would not have been the case if the 2 cards were teamed up but that could not have offered a fair comparison. I strongly recommend this video card to any serious gamer as long as you're not looking for any bundled games or software. This small shortcoming knocked off 1 full point off a perfect 10."
"As an aside, and I'm loathe to mention it, my general feeling from testing in the last few weeks, I have to convey that SLI as a platform doesn't actually feel finished quite yet, using pre-release hardware. The driver interface isn't great, crashes and performance issues in certain titles still persevere and two Ultra's in a loaded system get hot. Despite performance, which is undoubtedly very impressive, there's still a lot more than just framerate to consider as you ponder going down the SLI route. A lot of that is undoubtedly down to the silicon revision of the bridge used on the ASUS mainboard and there's also the ribbon connector to factor into things. The change to PCB connectors across the board is to ensure correct signal integrity. I'm confident that shipping SLI hardware released to mass-market retail will have the vast majority of the issues ironed out."
"DFI has a great product in theDFI nF4 SLI-DR, but it is not without a few very small shortcomings. Those minor issues however will not impact most users that will walk away happy knowing they just purchased a solid SLI motherboard with the most hardware perks and prizes you are likely to find in one box."
"Great performance and very rich additional equipment makes this motherboard exceptionally good."
"Asus paired the first-class NVIDIA-developments with rich accessories and high quality of development. The board convinces with excellent performance and plentiful features e.g. Serial-ATA, Dual Gigabit Ethernet and the integrated firewall. Who is looking for a overall convincing motherboard should buy the Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe - each editor would like to have it."
"The ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe easily makes our list of great motherboards. While the price may be sitting in the rather steep $200 range, we don't hesitate to recommend this motherboard for your next SLI rig. If you're on the path to getting two GeForce 6800 Ultras, adding the Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe to your shopping cart will be a step in the right direction."
"The GA-K8NXP-SLI oozes of being an enthusiast's motherboard, and it shows throughout, from the thoughtful packaging which doubles as a test bed for the board through to the comprehensive set of overclocking features available in the BIOS. Performance is also generally on a par with other nForce4 boards we've seen, and the whole system was rock-solid stable throughout. All in all, the GA-K8NXP-SLI proves all but impossible to fault. The biggest issue Gigabyte may face is the proliferation of cheaper, non-NVIDIA certified SLI solutins on the horizon, which may cut into the market for boards such as these. But even then, this particular offering could stand on its own two feet on feature-set alone."
"Overall, the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI is the best SLI motherboard on the market that we have had the pleasure of working with, not to mention that it is an overclocking giant. 2005 is looking to be a great year for MSI in the motherboard arena and we are happy to welcome them back to building true enthusiast products."
"The board performs on par (and better in most cases) compared to the more expensive Asus A8N-SLI nForce4 motherboard. Of course, when one takes advantage of the SLI functionality of the Asus platform, you have the potential for much greater performance compared to the Gigabyte platform, but that also requires a pair of expensive graphics cards. If SLI isn't your cup of tea; and you only need a single PCI Express graphics slot to use with your new Athlon64 processor, the Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 is certainly a board worth looking into."
"Like with the rest of the GeForce 6 family, NVIDIA has done an impressive job with SLI and is just riding more than just hype - they have the goods to back it up and literally bring next generation performance to the desktop today. In the span of roughly 8 months NVIDIA has managed to more than quadruple processing power in their GPU lineup. It almost puts the damper on next generation parts, but hey, they can be SLIed too. It is going to be a good year on the hardware side."
"And so once again, we'll tip our collective hats to the folks out in Santa Clara as they've truly stepped up big with the introduction of SLI, or the "Scalable Link Interface" for PCI Express graphics, if you will. We're hopeful that nearly doubling frame rate in Doom 3 is only the beginning and further adoption in the game developer community will provide more and more SLI ready and capable titles in the months ahead. Adoption is key for NVIDIA and the end user in this game called 3D graphics, early and frequent adoption of new innovative and enabling technologies such as SLI."
"SLI gives us a new way to expand the horizons of PC graphics power. By teaming a pair of cards, SLI delivers quite a bit more peak graphics performance than a single-card solution. There's nothing quite like taking a pair of the fastest graphics cards around and sticking them together on a motherboard. This is a very, very cool technology. Whether you're looking for the ultimate in performance or just wanting to upgrade your graphics on an installment plan, SLI makes it possible. One thing I'm still wondering is how well a pair of GeForce 6600 GT cards would perform in an SLI config. Hopefully we can have some answers for you on that front shortly."
"However, nForce4 is exciting mostly because of the incredible performance potential of SLI, which combines two top nVidia video cards into a monster video performance engine. It's not for everybody - SLI is undeniably expensive - but the prospect of a 40% to 85% leap in the performance of the most demanding games that you can run today will be too much for some enthusiasts to resist. No, you don't absolutely need SLI, but it sure is cool! Consider nForce 4 an evolution and refinement of the progress that nVidia realized with the nForce3 Ultra, and that's a very good thing indeed."
"....then only one conclusion is possible: for the low-budget segment the GeForce 6200 is the only valid choice. We reward budget-products with an excellent price/performance ratio with a Hardware.Info Bronze award, the nVidia GeForce 6200 TC absolutely deserves this award."
"Not everyone has a bottomless wallet. If you are a gamer on the budget, there isn't much of a better choice than the XpertVision GeForce 6200. It's fast, it's cheap, it supports DX9.0 and Pixel-Shader model 3.0."
"...for $99 it doesn't get much better than this. "
"Palit's GeForce 6200TC proves that TurboCache technology can deliver good performance on the PCI Express bus, while if you need an AGP card Sparkle's GeForce 6600 confirms NVIDIA's dominance of the low to mid-range graphics market...the Palit GeForce 6200 TurboCache is a bargain."
"The Chaintech GeForce 6200 TurboCache is the most budget and good performance that suitable for the low end users. The performance of the GeForce 6200 TurboCache is perform very well in all the benchmarking compare to the ATI X300. This Chaintech GeForce 6200 TurboCache was the most value and affordable price for the low end users."
"DFI set out to create the absolute best nForce4 boards that an enthusiast could find on the market. After spending several weeks with engineering samples and now the final retail boards, we believe that DFI has succeeded in their goal."
"The Gigabyte nForce4 Ultra boards looks to be one of the most full featured AMD boards money can buy. You have EIGHT SATA ports, and up to TEN USB 2.0 ports from the get-go, with no hubs required! The board is laid out flawlessly, and was rock solid during all our testing."
"The Gigabyte [nForce4] board was a joy to test and was exceptionally stable in all our benchmarks."
"If you're looking for a top of the line motherboard to go with that state-of-the-art Socket 939 Athlon64 chip, and PCI Express videocard, look no further than the nForce4 Ultra-based GA-K8NXP-9. It'll keep you happy for a very long time!
"If you thought that Intel boards are the only ones that can support PCI-E graphics and native NCQ SATA, the wait is over. The nForce4 Ultra-based GA-K8NXP-9 not only supports PCI-E, it also supports what was supposedly missing on AMD platform in the past years. This includes native SATA with NCQ support, built in firewall, PCI-E, gigabit Ethernet. In fact, it is already proven in our benchmark tests that this board coupled with a FX-53 outperforms a P4 3.6E with the same amount of RAM and graphics card installed!"
"Soon after the Christmas holidays our test labs were overwhelmed with a surge of Socket 939 mainboards based on NVIDIA nForce4. This is natural since NVIDIA is more relied upon as a trusted chipset developer and it has also left VIA behind in implementing the perspective PCI Express bus on the Socket 939 platform."
"You name it…nForce4 has it. Serial ATA or USB ports aplenty, full hardware firewall, PCI Express and more."
"The [nForce4 Ultra-based] K8XXP-9 has excellent onboard features."
"The [nForce4] has been an unparalleled success, not only being the first to provide PCI Express graphics to the Athlon64 platform, but the first to show off nVidia's SLI technology, making it a crucial element needed for building the fastest gaming systems on the market."
"Incorporating several new features besides PCI Express, the nForce4 chipset is really ahead of it's time."
"The performance boost from SLI becomes larger as resolutions increase and features are turned on. Doom 3 sees the 6600GT boost grow to 37%. Far Cry with 4xAA and 8xAT turned on at 1280 shows meaningful SLI measurements, with the 6600GT boost at 46% and the 6800GT SLI advantage, an impressive 60%."
"The GeForce 6800 GT SLI represents a level of gameplay that surpasses any single video card configuration on the market."
"NVIDIA's claims of nearly a 2X performance improvement were no lie—we witnessed similar gains in many applications, including cutting-edge titles such as Doom3 and Half-Life 2."
"I thoroughly recommend it [nForce4 and SLI] as an enthusiast, excited about the technology and what it gives you. I've spent time fawning over Half-Life 2, Doom3 and others recently, on FX-55 with dual Ultras, and as a geek and enthusiast, I think it's fantastic."
"There is simply no debate, NVIDIA has the fastest solution on the market with SLI."
"There's nothing quite like taking a pair of the fastest graphics cards around and sticking them together on a motherboard. This is a very, very cool technology."
"To the credit of both nVidia and Asus, the SLI system was very stable, and didn't crash during any of our game tests, nor did it crash during our 12-hour torture test of continuously running 3DMark05 at very high resolutions."
"It was to be expected: an [nForce4] SLI computer with GeForce 6800 Ultra or GT beats everything for performance!"
"NVIDIA’s new SLI technology offered by the nForce 4 chipset and its PCI Express GeForce 6 series graphics cards is certainly an innovation that deserves high praise for the upside performance potential it brings to market."
"How much praise do you heap on a board that tops all the DirectX 9 benchmarks and also tops every overclocking test that we have run? The DFI nForce4 boards are both exceptional performers at stock as well as incredible overclockers."
"The [nForce4 SLI-based] K8N Diamond from MSI, it is a good choice for an extreme gamer’s computer."
"The ASUS A8N-SLI proved to be the most stable in our tests finishing all SLI benchmarks without any instability issues with our 400W PSU which is certainly impressive."
"Another superb motherboard to choose from packed with features and giving super performance for your AMD Athlon 64 socket-939 processor is the [nForce4 SLI-based] A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard."
"The Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI is a board that should definitely be considered - SLI allows for some future proofing on the video front and the sheer number of features on the board will please even discerning power users."
"Basing our decision on the board's performance solely around how it does without a multiple-GPU SLI setup, the [nForce4 SLI-based] Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI is the fastest SLI-ready motherboard we have tested here at PC Perspective."
"The NVIDIA nForce4 SLI MCP is no ordinary motherboard chipset, but one that is squarely aimed at the elite enthusiasts who would stop at nothing to own the best technology there is in the market."
"I for one will be one of the first getting a few, just to brag about to my co-workers, fellow journalists and friends, it is good to own something that gives you bragging rights again."
"Excellent features… Excellent performance!"
"Although the MSI K8N Diamond that we reviewed recently had set very high expectations in the features department, Gigabyte's GA-K8NXP-SLI is just as equally spectacular."
"The 6800 GT was clearly the best buy among the $399 cards."
"When NVIDIA introduced an AGP version with similar performance at a similar price, the 6600 GT cemented its position as the mid-range card of choice for just about anyone."
"Yeah, we know that the Ultra’s are faster, but as far as bang for the buck goes, the GT has captivated our hearts and minds as 2004’s best GPU going. There’s ample supply of them and they simply kick the crap out of the competition at the same price level. Pixel Shader 3.0 is started to make its way into more titles and NVIDIA’s release of PureVideo functionality before the year’s end clinched the deal as this being the 'must-have' graphics card by gamers everywhere."
"NVIDIA’s GeForce 6600 GT AGP is the unquestioned price/performance leader at the $200 price point, there’s just nothing else out there that comes close to touching it in terms of speed or feature set at that price."
"On a technical level, we really like the TurboCache. The design solves price/performance problems that have been around quite a while. Making some real use of the bandwidth offered by the PCI Express bus is a promising move that we didn't expect to see happen this early on or in this fashion"
"NVIDIA's new GeForce 6200 with TurboCache succeeds on a couple of different levels. First, it brings the very same feature set found on the flagship GeForce 6800 Ultra down to a very affordable price point. The GeForce 6200 with TurboCache is also a very power efficient design that surpasses the capabilities of virtually all integrated graphics processors."
"NVIDIA deserves some praise for the GeForce 6200 GPU independent of the caching scheme. This graphics chip offers near-feature-parity with NVIDIA's high-end GPUs, and it brings an amazing feature set to the sub-$100 portion of the graphics market, including Shader Model 3.0 and three real vertex shader engines. T The fact that this thing runs Doom 3 at over 70 frames per second in High Quality mode at 640x480 impresses the heck out of me."
"For now the GeForce 6200 TurboCache looks like it will take the entry-level market by storm as what it brings to the table; such as PureVideo and most of the GeForce 6-series features combined with solid performance are definitely a first for this market segment."
"There's no doubt that in typical usage situations, however, the 6200 TC puts in a spectacular bang-per-buck ratio.
This card is important for more than just gamers. Performance is good, but what is interesting about the card is that the small amount of on-board memory makes it cheap, and will mean that it will ship in systems that would not have carried 3D technology before. With Windows Longhorn approaching - and requiring a 3D card - many corporations are looking to future proof their office machines with 3D cards, and this will be a low-cost opportunity for them to do so. This is a whole new market for NVIDIA and ATI to sell into, and it will sure as heck be a lucrative one."
"In summary, the 6200 series is important for a couple of reasons – first product out of the gate with true PCI-E and Shader Model 3.0 support. With the list of games coming out we feel SM3.0 will be an important check-mark in 2005 and beyond."
"At their price points, the 32MB version sits proud and it's well worth a look if you've no more than about £60 to drop on a discrete graphics card."
"If you're in the market for a new PC and need to keep the price under $500 dollars, make sure it does not have what we refer to as "ghetto graphics" (integrated) and the very least one of the new 6200's."
"Bottom line: Overall the best piece of gaming machinery that money – lots of money – can buy. Components like NVIDIA’s latest graphics, the GeForce Go 6800 PCI Express, will blow you away…. Perhaps the biggest inclusion is nVidia's PCI Express graphics. The nVidia GeForce 6800 Go along with the Intel Pentium 4 560 (3.6-GHz) processor produced stellar benchmark test scores."
"So what does the GeForce 6600GT AGP bring to the table? Quite a lot to be honest, as is evident from the benchmarks, but to put it simply; if you are shopping for a new AGP videocard at around $200 then look no further, this is as good as it gets."
"Compared to the $200 - $300 AGP cards available today, the GeForce 6600GT AGP can't be beat. For the first time in recent history our GPU recommendation is clear: the best bang for your AGP buck is none other than the GeForce 6600GT."
"Comparing the GeForce 6600GT AGP with the closest competing video card of this current generation, we find that there is simply no card for it to compete with. The GeForce 6600GT AGP and PCI-Express video cards are the fastest midrange cards you can buy. They offer all the latest features such as Shader Model 3.0 and OpenEXR support with their FP16 frame buffer, and they accelerate the latest games faster than the high-end video cards of the previous generations."
"This one's simple. If you're looking to spend about $200 on a new AGP graphics card, you want the GeForce 6600 GT AGP. Gaming frame rates are great, DOOM 3 performance borders on intimidating, and all the little extras that NVIDIA packs into its ForceWare graphics drivers are gravy. In the end, NVIDIA deserves credit not only for delivering a sweet $200 graphics card in the GeForce 6600 GT AGP, but also for having the foresight to develop the flexible HSI bridge chip that makes this card possible."
"Our benchmarks showed that the NVIDIA 6600GT GPU is indeed an excellent performer when compared to other cards of a similar price range.The NVIDIA 6600GT AGP card is a great piece of hardware: low cost and high performance. Any users that are looking for a low cost graphics card upgrade for Doom 3, Half-Life 2, Everquest II or countless other games, find the first 6600GT AGP you can!"
"It's easy to sit back and judge the 6600 GT as the overall winner in our suite of benchmarks."Combining the feature set of the more powerful GeForce 6800 line with the value pricing should help the 6600 and 6600 GT cards find a home with PC enthusiasts that want more "bang for the buck." If manufacturers market these cards smartly, by touting the card's strengths and adding in a suitable bundle, then it looks like NVIDIA will have another winner on their hands."
"In the end, it looks as if NVIDIA has another sure-fire winner on its hands with the 6600GT AGP – if you really want to hop on board the DX9c Train, then wait no more because this one is parked in the depot, waiting for users to jump on-board and start enjoying gaming at new price/performance ratios."
"Countless gamers are looking for an inexpensive graphics upgrade solution. As of right now, the $200 card of choice for these consumers is quite clear: NVIDIA’s GeForce 6600 GT AGP!"
"The 6600GT AGP is nearly the perfect 200$ board - it has massive amounts of power that rivals and in most cases exceeds the performance of the previous generation of top of the line cards. AGP users that are not ready to shell out for a 6800 series card should not look any further than the 6600GT as it arguably has the best price/performance ratio out of any card in the 200$ range."
"The GeForce 6600 GT now gives AGP system owners a good high performance, but cost sensitive choice."
"Recommended very highly if you're shopping in the mid-range with just shy of £200 to spend."
"If you want to improve your graphics performance without spending a fortune or upgrading your motherboard, the 6600 GT AGP will do nicely."
" An AGP-based 6600 GT card will serve you well…"
"… we have no problem naming the GeForce 6600 GT AGP as our new value card selection."
"So there you have this AGP8x product that performance really nicely, is 100% stable in an AGP 8x configuration, offers dualview, the latest 3D feature set including Shader model 3, offers HDTV output and in generic offers anything you expect from a good graphics cards these days. So it boil down to this, if you can't afford a high-end product or simply do not have the ambition to own one, then this card is a spectacular product to get. You'll be in love with it, I simply have nothing negative to say about it,"
"PC World's first tests of NVidia's just announced high-end mobile graphics chip, the GeForce Go 6800, show that it is one of the first notebook graphics components to support performance rivaling that of desktop boards."
Nvidia started to challenge ATI in the mobile segment since the announcement of its first notebook chip GeForce2Go in November 2000. Since then, the manufacturer has come closer to its competitor. The new GeForce Go 6800 will take the role of the firm's flagship product for this segment from the GeForce FX Go 5700 and makes the most significant performance jump yet, as tests and benchmark results from Tom's Hardware show.
"The GeForce Go 6800 is undoubtedly the best mobile GPU we have every gamed with. The GeForce Go 6800 provided a better gaming experience than we see on many desktop computers. NVIDIA has something special in the GeForce Go 6800 and we hope to be seeing more notebooks using the technology soon as it will only help push LAN gaming and the experience that goes along with it out to the masses."
"NVIDIA has taken the word compromise out of mobile graphics with its GeForce 6800 Go 256MB. Recent gaming titles run a treat in high-quality mode and AntiAliasing/Anisotropic Filtering can be used without fear of turning a game into a slideshow. 256MB of onboard memory is a first for NVIDIA's consumer-level mobile parts, and it genuinely helps out at higher resolutions. The onus is back on ATI's shoulders to continue the game of mobile one-upmanship."
"Obviously nVidia was making a big noise about the performance of the GeForce GO 6800, and the demos that were shown at the briefing were very impressive indeed... the new video processing engine integrated into the GeForce GO 6800. Pure Video definitely seems to have some cool features that make watching video on your notebook a more pleasing experience."
"The GeForce 6800GT in SLI mode truly skyrocketed to a new level of performance..." (Oct, 2004)
"...GeForce 6200 is clearly superior."
"....the 6200 takes the crown."
"The NVIDIA GeForce 6200 is an amazing gaming card for the price point that will no doubt fill in a huge need for budget gamers."
"We have been following the announcements surrounding Tiger Telematic's upcoming Gizmondo for awhile now... but I never realized that NVIDIA would be powering it."
"NVIDIA's latest mobile processor boasts arcade-quality 3D graphic rendering and up to 3 MP images. Coming soon to a phone near you. Graphics company nVidia has taken the wraps off what it calls the world's first "3D wireless media processor", the GoForce 3D 4500, a mobile processor designed to support 3D graphics and high-res images in handhelds and mobile phones."
"Nvidia has launched GoForce 3D 4500, a 3D wireless media processor (WMP). The WMP is designed to enable mobile content developers to use the 3D medium to create rich, dynamic, lifelike worlds and characters for applications for cell phones, PDAs and other handheld devices."
"Building on its experience as a provider of graphics processors for gaming systems, Nvidia Corp. has added a 3-D core to its GoForce wireless media processor line, giving designers an ability to add gaming capabilities to mobile phones and other handheld systems."
"Graphics processor manufacturer Nvidia will announce its latest offering at Mobile Content World in London this week. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company will unveil its GoForce 3D 4500, which features high-performance three-dimensional graphics and 3-megapixel functionality. The processor initially will be brought to market in the Gizmondo, a handheld gaming and messaging device that is scheduled to be released in Europe next month and in the United States early next year. Nvidia officials said the processor will help create a more engrossing gaming experience without rapidly draining batteries. A long-time computer graphics developer, Nvidia entered the mobile market four years ago."
"The 6600GT is currently the best mid-range option available, bar-none."
"Measured by its price, the performance of the GeForce 6600 GT is very impressive and, for the time being, without competition."
"It is clear that the 6600 GT hits a very sweet spot in the market"
"With GeForce 6600 GT, NVIDIA has established new levels of performance for the mainstream graphics segment, shattering all the previous performance records for a $200 graphics card."
"The GeForce 6600 GT wipes the floor with the competition in all our tests. As it stands, the 6600 GT looks to be the king of the hill when it comes to sub-$200 video cards."
"Hands down, NVIDIA has done an excellent job with their GeForce 6600GT. NVIDIA has moved all of their current enthusiast GPU technology to the mainstream, including Shader Model 3.0 support, and that is something you have to respect at that price point.."
"GeForce 6600 GT seems well positioned to get NVIDIA design wins with system makers. It should also carve out a good chunk of the AGP midrange upgrade market in a month or so."
"The GeForce 6600 GT is freaking awesome. For $199, it offers performance in league with cards that cost upwards of 300 bucks, and it positively crushes all current competition at anything below that price."
"Clearly, the GeForce 6600 GT has set a new standard for performance in value-minded PCI Express gaming."
"The 6600GT is a very impressive part from Nvidia"
"The NVIDIA mainstream card simply mops the floor with the ATI card leaving no benchmark result as any kind of saving grace."
"We can’t help but fall in love with the 6600GT – it’s clearly the must-have card for its price point, toss in features like SLI capability and one has a card that appears to be more future-proof."
"…the 6800 Ultra is an amazing piece of technology!"
"This card is a pure gem, which is why Asus absolutely deserves the rare perfect 10, and the Got|Apex Redline Award."
"It’s the best performing GeForce 6800 GT currently on the market."
"The standard GeForce 6800 is just downright nice gaming experience, and it should be as it's still in that high-end class."
"Doom 3 prefers graphics cards based on GPUs from NVIDIA, and their advantage is more or less perceptible in every class, from high-end to mainstream."
"The 6800 GT’s 350MHz, 16 pixel pipeline core was built for performance, while the 256MB of GDDR3 memory operating at 500MHz it is paired with ensures high frame rates at high resolutions and with eye candy features such as AA/AF enabled."
"From a technology standpoint the NV40 GPU is an outstanding product. It is fast, it is efficient, and it produces some outstanding visuals at great framerates."
"All GeForce 6800 GT-based cards are intrinsically good."
"If you're on the market for a GeForce 6800-series graphics card, each of the cards we've looked at today has something different to offer. All are solid choices, but depending on your priorities, some are better than others."
"We are always most interested in value here at AnandTech, and far as bang for Doom3 dollar, the 6800 or 6800 GT are very solid options...The absolute fastest card we've seen for Doom 3 has been the 6800 Ultra series of cards."
"NVIDIA's NV40 (GeForce 6 Series) based cards are without a doubt what you want to be running in your system to get the most out of Doom3 you can."
"The nVidia GeForce 6800 GT graphics card delivers high-end, high performance, high quality graphics for any and every purpose. .... 5 stars--ByteSector Editor's Choice Award"
"FiringSquad Bull's Eye Award-90%"
"...this card offers gamers quite a nice bang-for-the-buck scenario that transcends what we would normally expect for a 12-pipe solution based on current GPU technology."
92%--Acclenation Gold Award
"If your game is going to be DOOM 3 or you see yourself playing a lot of games utilizing the DOOM 3 engine, you are probably going to owe it to yourself to have a BFGTech GeForce 6800 series video card in your computer."
"Overall, if you are looking for a graphics card upgrade, preparing for both the current generation of games and the coming Doom3 and Half-life 2 releases, I can fully recommend the eVGA e-GeForce 6800 GT as a fantastic option for you."
"...it does look like the 6800 Ultra has the crown."
"The GeForce 6800 GT is a first class product"
"...the best there is in a gaming card, NVIDIA's 6800 Ultra looks like it’s the card to beat."
"In one word- amazing. The 6800LE would be the perfect choice for system integrators..."
"Final Score: 9 out of 10 and the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award"
"The entire GeForce 6800 lineup is tough to beat in terms of performance."
"This, my friends, simply is a fantastic product."
"The 6800 series is looking to be one of NVIDIA's best ever as far as value and performance goes, and the GeForce 6800 is a shining example of this..."
"The card burned through SimHQ’s benchmark suite setting new highs in frame rates, with no visual glitches or anomalies, and no compatibility or stability issues."
"When you get right down to it, the PNY Verto GeForce 6800GT is an excellent card."
"...unquestionably the fastest card you can buy right now, and it’s near silent too..."
"Final Score: 9 out of 10 and the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award"
"End users looking for balls out performance will not be disappointed with eVga's e-GeForce 6800 Ultra."
"Given the (GeForce) 6800's support for Direct3D's Pixel Shader Model 3.0 and its strong price/performance story, we give the nod here to NVIDIA."
"The BFG 6800 Ultra OC offers everything a hardcore gamer would want in build quality, performance, stability and headroom to overclock even more."
"...it is simply a great video card for playing games."
"Not only is this impressive from a technological standpoint, but considering the 6800 GT runs for about $150 less..."
"...the GT definitely gets my personal nod...the 6800 looks great for those looking to spend around £200."
"NVIDIA's GeForce 6800 simply rocks."
"All in all, there’s really nothing anyone can take away from PNY’s 6800 GT..."
"When everything is said and done, the 6800 GT gets our recommendation..."
"we can safely say that it probably the best choice for gamers at its price point as of today."
"As we mentioned earlier, it was mostly a clean sweep in the benchmarks..."
"The price to performance ratio of the GeForce 6800GT is simply astounding..."
"In my opinion, the 6800 GT OC is the most attractive next generation card to get."
"...you cannot go wrong with the BFG GeForce 6800Ultra OC."
"The performance is great, and you can more than likely count on it overclocking even more than its preset overclock values."
"If you're looking into upgrading from an older DirectX 8 card, though, and you don't want to break the bank, I'd definitely suggest taking a look at what's available based on the plain 6800."
"SLI, that magical formula from bygone days, is back. In the future, when you find your system lacking the necessary 3D punch, simply stick in a second card." (Jun, 2004)
"For those who upgrade every generation, there would be a way to get more power for "free", and those who wait 2 or more generations to upgrade might have a new reason to take the plunge." (Jun, 2004)
"...we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of SLI. If NVIDIA is able to deliver as promised, NVIDIA SLI should give gamers a compelling reason to upgrade to PCI Express, and they’ll be sure that PCI Express card (or cards) is based on an NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series GPU!" (Jun, 2004)
"NVIDIA is upping the ante significantly with SLI. The performance crown in the current generation of products is muddy at best but with SLI there leaves little doubt as to who will hold the bragging rights of fastest video solution." (Jun, 2004)
"...it's very cool tech that should allow astounding graphics performance previously unthinkable; we're talking about 32 parallel pixel pipes cranking out gaming goodness in real time." (Jun, 2004)
"NVIDIA claims its SLI implementation increases performance by up to 87 percent, according to a composite score composed of benchmark results from 3DMark03 Game Tests 2, 3, and 4 and the unreleased Epic Games Unreal Engine 3." (Jun, 2004)
"For the crew here at HotHardware, we've got a twinge of that special feeling we had back in the days of 3dfx, when 3D Graphics were still being pioneered and you felt like something totally innovative was on the horizon." (Jun, 2004)
"Kudos to NVIDIA for once again raising the bar and making the harts of many gamers rejoice; SLI is back, and with a vengeance." (Jun, 2004)
"If you’re the kind of gamer that drools over the idea of playing Doom 3 in 1600x1200x32 with 8x FSAA and 16x Anisotropic Filtering while maintaining high frame rates, this may be the only solution capable of delivering." (Jun, 2004)
"It will be ideal for workstation applications." (Jun, 2004)
"NVIDIA’s new SLI technology is something that really excites us here at HardOCP and I bet there are more than a few others out there that have the same feelings." (Jun, 2004)
"I am 'ultra' impressed with the BFG 6800 Ultra OC."
"To give it anything under a SILVER AWARD would be unjust…the card's video capabilities also gain it a further EDITORS AWARD."
"After many hours of...well fun, I just can't help myself over it, this videocard is lethal! Everything about this card simple works, everything is what you expect it to be."
"...we think that NVIDIA might have a winner."
“The standard 6800 also did well, but not as well as the GT." Tbreak Recommended Product Award
"...cards based on the nVidia 6800 GT should shape up to be the best choice for those who are looking for high-end performance but still want to keep to some sort of budget."
"...possibly the fastest graphics card in the world."
"awesome perfromance and feature set: 9 out of 10"
"All the games we tested ran without any problems at faster than any other card in the round up."
"it is a great gaming solution that has everything you would expect from a cutting edge graphics card."
"...the GeForce 6800 is the king of the lower half of the high-end segment."
“We can clearly see how the NF3-250gb chipset has improved over its predecessor."
"For the ultimate in performance, settle nothing less but the MSI FX5950 Ultra-VTD256 since at maximum DOT settings, it completely leads the pack."
"The Leadtek WinFast A380 Ultra TDH MyVIVO is a perfect GeForce FX 5950 Ultra graphics card."
"Gigabyte N595U-GT is the only graphics card that is overclocked right out of the box at a higher than normal GPU core clock of 520MHz. "
"The Gainward FX PowerPack Ultra/1800 XP Golden Sample performed in-line was an excellent overall performer."
"Specially designed for AthlonTM64 platform, the Dual Power System delivers a total of 6-phase power circuit to provide more solid and durable power supply for the new generation AMD platform. Ensuring a more secure and stable platform than ever before."
"BIOSTAR iDEQ 200P which is based on the NF3 150 has very impressive results considering that it is a small form factor box. It also breaks away the myth that such boxes are tuned slower because of the possible heat issues within the box. In our test, we find that this is not the case."
"nVidia won the hearts of die-hard gamers with nForce2, and they certainly will win them back again with nForce3-250Gb. No matter how you look at nF3-250 features, there is a gamer in the background who nVidia is trying to satisfy."
"NVIDIA made a good impression with their firewall which was easy to use for the novice user and extensive enough for the seasoned veteran."
"NVIDIA’s nForce3 250 chipset is shaping up to be an incredibly flexible platform."
"The board has been designed for a mainstream computer user looking for a quick and easy way to move to the Athlon64 platform. The board provides just about everything that any mainstream user could want at only a fraction of the cost."
"…for those looking to venture into the world of 64-bit computing, the Soyo Dragon Plus is an affordable solution offering top notch quality and stability. "
"It's hard to say anything but good things about the ZNF3-150's features and bundle. Whether it's the smaller extras, such as four fan headers and good looks, or it's the bigger extras, like RadEX and CBOX3, I think everyone can appreciate something (or many things more than likely) about this Zenith package. It's just that cool. "
"AOpen AK89 Max board is best recommended for consumers who want good performance and stability, good board features and software bundle, decent overclockability, and best of all at a reasonable price tag."
"The nForce3 150 chipset this board sports, giving you more edge on power and performance all-in-one. I personally think NVIDIA has done an outstanding job with this chipset."
"Editor's Rating 4 out of 5: Very fast performer; support for DirectX 9's Shader Model 3.0"
"As you can see from the benchmarks we did just that and the GeForce 6800 Ultra did not dissapoint, on the contrary we have never seen a graphics card perform this well or so convincingly beat the competiton in every single benchmark."
“What NVIDIA has achieved with the GeForce 6800 Ultra makes even experienced graphics cards editors shake their head in amazement and wonder. The performance this card offers will sweep graphics cards enthusiasts (the author included) off their feet and carry them off into a state of ecstasy in which they can only gape in awe at the sight of these simply amazing benchmark results.”
“We can now expect: 1) Very high performance in current and future games. 2) The ability to play at 2048x1536 in just about any game currently available or soon to be made available, and 3) The ability to play virtually any game at 1600x1200 with 4X AA and 16X anisotropic filtering enabled at smooth frame rates.”
“The GeForce 6800 Ultra delivered the best realworld gameplay in every game we tested.”
"So, the four-word version of this review would simply be: 'It's really bleeping fast'."
“The Nvidia GeForce 6800 is truly a next-generation part offering dramatic performance increases across the board in today's games as well as support for forward-looking technology such as Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 for future games.”
“The GeForce 6800 Ultra turned in the fastest performance to date.”
“Not only is the 6800 Ultra the faster card here but in 1600x1200 it manages to be nearly twice as fast, hitting almost 60FPS.”
“Clearly when it comes to performance GeForce 6800 Ultra is in a class of its own. In many cases GeForce 6800 Ultra outperforms its nearest competitor by a factor of nearly two, and keep in mind that this is with early drivers, performance will only get better from here.”
“The NV40 is exceptionally good, with no notable weaknesses in performance or capability.”
“It has been quite a while since we have seen such dominant performance from a new product in this market.”
“With countless hours of gaming under our belt and the embargo lifting from this card a few short hours from now, we can safely say that it is nothing short of exceptional. NVIDIA has made tremendous progress in image quality and has managed to raise the performance bar to new heights at the same time.”
“Not only does the GeForce 6800 Ultra outperform the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra by 100% in the games that were tested in this preview, it does so with improved antialiasing image quality and 16X anisotropic filtering.”
“As you can see, You can play CoD at 1600x1200 4x/8x on the 6800 Ultra and it won't even bat an eyelash. That is impressive.”
"But we're not just about performance, so Alienware's Area-51m Extreme gets our pick. User-upgradeable graphics is too valuable a feature to overlook. Plus, the Alienware's stylish exterior makes other gamers green with envy. It's also far more comfortable to type on than Dell's XPS."
"The Gigabyte GA-K8NNXP is a full-featured motherboard, with enough options to satisfy everybody."
"Overall the ZNF3-150 is a very good board. The performance is great and the overclocking was excellent."
"The bundle of things that came with this mother board was amazing. Chaintech sure went out of their way to make sure that you had just about everything you needed to get up and running."
"The Chaintech Zenith ZNF3-150 is a great high performance Athlon 64 board that comes with an impressive layout and bundle!"
"nForce3 250 offers an excellent feature set and solid performance. If you were tempted by nForce3 150, you’ll love nForce3 250."
"NVIDIA has certainly delivered a card that has given the mainstream market what it wanted, a graphics solution that offers all the features of the flagship cards and much of the performance, but at a price point that is much more attractive to the wallet. The GeForce FX 5900 XT is one of the best bargains on the graphics market right now, and is truly a worthy successor to GeForce4 Ti 4200."
"As the SE version of FX 5900 Ultra, the FX 5900 XT maintained the whole performance of the FX 5900 Ultra, and kept the leading position in the middle-end graphic cards market."