Overclocked Unreal Tournament 2004 Performance

Overclocking really doesn't do anything for the old DX8.1 game that we have laying around the lab.

Unreal Tournament 2004

We turn on 4xAA and 8xAF and let it stretch its legs a bit. This performance leap just goes to show how memory limited developers really are when they render beautiful graphics without the flexibility of current technology (at least on the software side).

Unreal Tournament 2004

Overclocked Half-Life 2 Performance Noise and Heat


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  • ChineseDemocracyGNR - Saturday, December 11, 2004 - link

    #41, please remember this is a 20 page article, and things were written in a way people can easily read all 20 pages.
  • overclockingoodness - Saturday, December 11, 2004 - link

    #41: What do you mean barely readable? You are not some scholor who needs perfect writing in order to understand something. If you don't like it, don't read it.

    The reason why the review style was like a "quickly-patched email" is because it is a round-up of 11 cards.

    The point of a round-up is to cover the positives and negatives of a plethora of similar products at the same time. Since AnandTech has already done extensive 6600 benchmarks, they decided to do quick comparison and be done with it.

    Now you which 6600 to go for.

    If you don't know how things work, it's better to be quiet.
  • skunkbuster - Saturday, December 11, 2004 - link

    #41 lets see if you can do better then Reply
  • mrscintilla - Saturday, December 11, 2004 - link

    Sorry to say this, but the article Derek wrote was barely readable. It reads more like a quickly-patched email than an edited article. The writing quality has to improve in the future.

  • SleepNoMore - Saturday, December 11, 2004 - link

    Thank God XFX offers an AGP version of this card. I am not FORCED to buy a PCI-Express slot motherboard and trash my current system. Reply
  • QuestMGD - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    MSI heatsink really sucks. I had supicions about the heatsink after I got my MSI card from NewEgg. This article verified it. Since the card isn't in a computer yet, I pulled of the heatsink and sanded it down.

    I'm not done yet, but after a while it does look like I can get it to fit tightly, it was just a PIA. The mounting springs seem to have been originally designed correctly, the heatsink casting was just crap.

    BTW heatsink is just copper colored coating over Aluminum or whatever, that's probably why the casting ended up so poor.

    Could anyone e-mail me whether I can use CPU thermal compound on my Graphics Card memory chips, or should I go out and get something else? I've heard mixed opinions regarding this. Thanks.
  • threeply - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    I noticed No Evga card was included in the review. Any reason why this card was not included? Reply
  • Momental - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    Cobbling with your bogus dink is not recommended. See your doctor if condition persists. ;)

    A really great article. Extremely informative and gives "down and dirty", which I like. I'm in the market for a PCI-e 6600GT (sounds like a new motorcycle from Suzuki) and this article really gives one some serious food for thought rather then just the standard angle of "which one is the fastest and/or cheapest?"

    The last thing I want is to have to handle one of these things like it was some sort of rare antiquity from the Ming Dynasty. While I don't do my best imitation of a ferrit on crack inside a case, it's good to know that there is the possibility of damaging the HSF quite easily. Who'd a thought!
  • ShadowVlican - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    thanks for the excellent write up Derek, i hope the vendors follow your advice to improve the contact issues with the HSF and GPU, since i won't be purchasing a gfx card with poor design that can be fixed so easily

    the leadtek will be on top of my list and likely in my next comp as soon as a64 pci-e motherboards come out
  • JClimbs - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    Excellent article, focusing on a few key issues that performance buffs tend to overlook in their quest for higher framerates.
    My overall take after reading this was that the 6600GT's market is really limited to people/companies willing to pull things apart and fix them up right. The cooling solutions all seem either bogus or cobbled, with cobbled being the best of the bunch. If you don't want to dink with your purchase, get a cobbled one; if you WILL dink with it, you can get a bogus model and fix it.
    One thing I would like to have seen compared is power usage. I'm curious to see what the spread is there. And also, harking back to an earlier article, if improving the power supply improves overclocking performance.
    Once again, excellent article, Derek!

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