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

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  • geogecko - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    #33. I agree completely. That's why I'm curious about the HDTV output. I want to build an HTPC that is somewhat future-proof, and if that is the case, then I need the HDTV Out feature to work. From a review on newegg.com's web site on the XFX card, he couldn't seem to get and HDTV Out to work with the card.

    NVDVD would also be a plus if it was included, but I doubt it. I sent an e-mail to tech support over at XFX, asking these particular questions. Hopefully, I'll get an answer.
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  • jamawass - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    Well there's more to a graphics card than gaming. The 6600 series is causing quite a stir in the htpc community because of the video decoding capabilites and hdtv output. It would've been helpful if the reviewer had mentioned the various manufacturers' suppport for HDTV output out of the box, which cards come with the NDVD codec, component adapter etc. Reply
  • bigpow - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    -> hex value 3 = decimal value 3 Reply
  • geogecko - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    Great article Derek. Been looking for a 6600GT round up article for a while now.

    Question though. A few of these cards come with an HDTV cable, which, I guess I'm a little confused to what this actually is. I prefer the XFX card, because of the dual DVI outputs (and no need to overclock the card). It doesn't list as coming with an HDTV cable, so I'm wondering, what is the impact on not having this cable? What is the cable? Can't one usually just hook up a DVI cable to an HDTV?
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  • Spacecomber - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    Nice round-up, and your bringing attention to the potential problems with some of the heatsinks is very much appreciated.

    Maybe as a follow up we need a round-up of some after-market heatsinks for the 6600GT.

    Any reason to assume that these conclusions reached for the PCIe cards do or do not apply to the AGP versions? I know the AGP versions typically have their heatsinks set on a diagonal in order to accomodate the bridge chip.

    Space
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  • arswihart - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    my last comment was in response to #25

    #27 - Derek is talking about his "IT friendly" list, those cards he felt had the most reliable hsf implementation

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  • arswihart - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    it does consistently lead in performance, worth noting by all means, but also, as it was mentioned in the review, these cards probably all perform even better on an nforce4, and the rank and file in performance among these cards might be a little different on an nforce4

    but I would definitely get an arctic cooler for the albatron anyways (if a compatible one is released) to quiet it down, that fan on it is tiny, thin, and loud
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  • Houdani - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    On the last page [Final Words] you are listing why some cards aren't worthy of an Editor's Choice award. The next to last paragraph states:

    "XFX doesn't make the list because..."

    But, ummm, isn't XFX the Silver choice?
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  • Aquila76 - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    I know the Albatron didn't have a great mounting mechanism, but it was better than many of the others Reply
  • Aquila76 - Friday, December 10, 2004 - link

    Why wasn't the Albatron given any medal? It has the best OC, best or near best performance in all the tests, and great temps even under load with the high OC. So the fan is a little noisier than the rest, is that any reason to dirt on this card? Reply

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