In an effort that proved to be an easy transition, Gigabyte, the same company well known on the motherboard market, has revamped their GA-600 to produce the GA-660 Plus.  As with many of the smaller card upgrades, this enhancement in the Plus lies in the details.  The Gigabyte 660 Plus actually performs a little trick on the graphics chip itself, opting for the use of the TNT2-Pro processor as opposed to the standard TNT2 that its predecessor used.  As it turns out, the switch appears to be a choice well made.

Specifications (courtesy of Gigabyte)

Key Features

NVIDIA’s RIVA TNT2-Pro, 128 bit, 2D/3D graphics processor

32/16MB ultra-fast DRAM with 128-bit interface

AGP 2x/4x with sideband addressing

300MHz palette RAMDAC

Single-pass multi-texturing

Per-pixel mip-mapping


Advanced 3D Features

Hardware triangle setup engine

Complete DirectX 6.X support

TwiN Texel (TNT) 32-bit graphics pipeline

2 texture-mapped, lit pixels per clock

Single pass multi-texturing

Square and non-square texture support

Texture blending support

Per-pixel, perspective-correct, texture mapping, including: Fog, Light, Mip mapping

24-bit or 16-bit Z-buffer and 8-bit stencil buffer

Anti-aliasing (full scene and order independent)


2D Acceleration

128-bit graphics engine, optimized for single cycle operation

Internal 256-bit data paths for high speed Windows acceleration

Execution of all 256 Raster Operations

Multi-buffering (double, triple, and quad) for smooth animation


TV Out Option

Digital video output by integrated NTSC/PAL encoders

Complete S-VHS and Composite Video-Output Ports support

Up to 800 x 600 TV-out resolutions


Flat Panel Option

Silicon Image PanelLink Sil-154 digital transmitter

Auto-expansion and centering for VGA text and graphics modes

Support for resolutions up to 1280 x 1024

2D Video Modes

Resolutions

Color Depth (bbp)

Refresh Rate (Hz)

640 x 480

8/16/32

240

800 x 600

8/16/32

240

960 x 720

8/16/32

200

1024 x 768

8/16/32

200

1152 x 864

8/16/32

170/170/150

1280 x 1024

8/16/32

150/150/120

1600 x 900

8/16/32

120/120/100

1600 x 1200

8/16/32

100/100/85

1920 x 1200

8/16/32

85/85/75

2048 x 1536

8/16

60/60


Available Models

GA-660 Plus: 32/16 MB with standard monitor output

GA-660 Plus TV: 32/16 MB with standard monitor output TV-out support

GA-660 Plus DFP: 32/16 MB with support for both standard monitors and digital flat panels

GA-660 Plus FT: 32/16 MB with monitors, digital panels, and TV-out support

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