As few as two years ago, if you had asked any of us at AnandTech which company was dominating the market for video card products, not a single one of us would have answered ASUS. Sure, for motherboards ASUS has always been a leader of the pack, creating great products with unsurpassed quality, but as far as video cards were concerned, ASUS was a non-factor It was not until ASUS's break into the video card market with the TNT based V3400 did the company begin to capture a strong hold on the graphics market.

The idea does not seem novel to us now, but ASUS decision to expand from being a motherboard producer to a video card powerhouse was considered quite revolutionary. On the other hand, ASUS saw it as a David versus Goliath situation: it could use its motherboard foundation to produce some of the greatest video cards on the market. ASUS seized the opportunity to extend their market to video cards as well as to continue their almost renowned quality. ASUS's dream of domination originally became a reality with the V3400. This dream, however, has continued throughout the years, a fact which may be seen with their most recent GeForce addition: the V6600 Deluxe, a card quite worthy of the V series name.

Specifications, courtesy of ASUS:

Key Benefits

Powered by the World's First Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) - NVIDIA GeForce 256

Built-in 32MB Frame Buffer (SGRAM)- Provides more resolutions and color depths

Smart Doctor Technologies- Smart cooling, dynamic overclocking, overheat protection, fan speed monitoring, AGP power level monitoring

VR 3D Glasses- D3D games and stereo picture viewing

ASUS LIVE Capture Driver- 704x480 real time 30 fps video capture

Large Screen TV-Out (800x600)- S-Video and Composite connectors

Video-In Support- Video capture, video editing, video conference...
ASUS DVD/SW Player Bundled- DVD, VCD, MP3, SVCD... playback
Unlead VideoStudio 3.0 + MPEG-II Color Encoder Bundled- Video editing, MPEG/II encoding and real time capture
3D Games Bundled- DRAKAN (full version), ROLLCAGE (full version), and 12 other game titles

Other Key Benefits of AGP-V6600 Series- QuadPipe Rendering, Transforming & Lighting, and AGP 4X with Fast Writes, ect...

 

  • Quad Engine Architecture
    Four independent pipelined engines
    15M triangles/second
    Sustained DMA, transform/clip/light, setup, and render rate
    >70% of the chip active at all times
    Up to 6 triangles "in flight" at a time (typically 1-3)
    Very low latency between engines
  • ASUS Smart Doctor Technologies
    Provides the best system safety
    SmartCooling Technology
    Dynamic overclocking
    Over-heat protection
    Fan RPM monitoring
    AGP power level Monitoring
  • AGP-V6600 Takes Interactive PC Graphics to More Realistic and Detailed Levels
    Full frame rate DVD to 1080 resolution
    Full precision subpixel accuracy to 1/16 pixel
    5 horizontal, 3 vertical taps
    8:1 up/down scaling
    Independent hue, saturation and brightness controls in hardware
  • Optimized for the latest DirectX 7 and OpenGL features
    Transform and lighting (T&L)
    Cube environment mapping
    Vertex blending
    Protective textures
    Texture compression

  • Superior 2D Performance
    256-bit 2D rendering pipeline
    4 pixels per clock on all scaled and indexed image operations
    1 GB/s CPU-to-GPU memory via AGP 4X with Fast Writes
  • AGP 4X with Fast Write
    Enables CPU to send data directly to GPU
    System memory bus free to perform other functions
    Balanced design increases overall system performance
  • High Quality Video Playback: DVD Acceleration
    Full frame rate DVD to 1080i resolution
    Full precision subpixel accuracy to 1/16 pixel
  • High Quality Video Playback: Video Overlay
    5 horizontal, 3 vertical taps
    8:1 up/down scaling
    Independent hue, saturation, and brightness controls in hardware
  • 3D Stereoscopic Features
    Turns D3D games into virtual reality gaming world
    VR Viewer software bundled for 3D pictures viewing
  • Video Features for Video-in
    Complete S-VHS and Composite video-input ports support
    ASUS Live driver supports 704x480 real time video capture (for Windows 95/98 only)
  • Video Features for TV-out
    Digital video output by integrated NTSC/PAL encoders
    Complete S-VHS and Composite video-input ports support
    High quality TV-out supports 800x600 resolutions
 

Max Refresh Table

Resolution

Color Depth (BITS)

Max Refresh Rate (Hz)

640 x 480

8/16/32

240/240/240

800 x 600

8/16/32

240/240/240

1024 x 768

8/16/32

240/240/200

1152 x 864

8/16/32

200/200/170

1280 x 960

8/16/32

170/170/150

1280 x 1024

8/16/32

170/170/170

1600 x 900

8/16/32

150/150/120

1600 x 1200

8/16/32

120/120/100

1920 x 1080

8/16/32

100/100/85

1920 x 1200

8/16/32

100/100/85

1920 x 1440

8/16/32

85/85/75

2048 x 1536

8/16/32

75/75/60

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