nVidia introduces “gamer’s dream” GPUs

nVidia has launched its new GeForce 6600 graphics processing unit (GPU), which it claims is a “gamer’s dream”.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  August 20, 2004

nVidia has launched its new GeForce 6600 graphics processing unit (GPU), which it claims is a “gamer’s dream”, offering supercharged performance, SLI-Multi-GPU support and shader model 3.0 features at mainstream prices. The company has initially released two versions of the new graphics chip, the GeForce 6600 GT and the slightly slower GeForce 6600. These new GPUs bring the feature set of nVidia’s flagship GeForce 6800 GPU, including support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 and nVidia’s UltraShadow II technology, to the mainstream graphics market. According to nVidia quoted specs, the GeForce 6600 GT can rip through Doom 3 at a rate of 42 frames per second (fps) in high-resolution (1600 x 1200dpi) mode. “nVidia’s latest generation of chipsets gives exceptional performance and feature gains across the entire line, from the consumer cards to the speciality cards,” said John Carmack, president and technical director of id Software. ”I use a GeForce 6800 class card in my primary workstation, which is the best endorsement I can give.” “Critics have called the GeForce 6 architecture the most advanced in the industry and GeForce 6600 GPUs mean the cost of that bleeding-edge graphics technology just got cut in half for gamers,” said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing for nVidia. “Doom 3, the most anticipated game of the year, the mind blowing price/performance ratio of GeForce 6600 GPUs — that is what gamers’ dreams are made of.” GeForce 6600 GPUs feature a dedicated on-chip video processor. This brings what nVidia claims is consumer electronics-quality video to the PC platform. In addition, the GeForce 6600 GT brings the firm’s SLI multi-GPU technology to the mainstream market, which potentially could enable users to experience the power of two GPUs in their system. According to nVidia, the GeForce 6600 and GeForce 6600 GT GPUs are expected to be widely available in the region from late September, though ITP.net can report that XFX, Albatron and Asus have already announced 6600-based graphics cards and begun moving these units into the Middle East. Look out for a full review of Asus’ 600 card in a future issue of Windows Middle East.

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