Club3D GeForce 6600 GT review

£110
Price when reviewed

Club3D is a new name to the UK and the company claims to use only high-quality Japanese-sourced components for its graphics cards. It doesn’t stop there either – this 6600 GT boasts copper heatsinks for the RAM chips, just like Asus’ 6600 GT.

Club3D GeForce 6600 GT review

But, unlike the Asus offering, the Club3D has component output, which adds appeal. Plus, in the box you’ll find a handy breakout adaptor with S-Video, composite and component outputs on it. It’s long enough to reach the front of your PC, saving you fumbling around at the back with cables.

Another thoughtful inclusion is Colin McRae 04, one of the best rally games available. There’s also InterVideo WinDVD Creator, which allows you to capture video, edit it and author DVDs. It’s only a shame the 6600 GT doesn’t have any video inputs.

However, if you’re primarily interested in 3D performance, the Club3D won’t disappoint any more than the other 6600 GT cards. In all three test games, we saw playable frame rates at 1,280 x 1,024; only Doom 3 pushed the card to its absolute limit, but you can turn anti-aliasing off to boost frame rates to almost 60fps.

Again, 1,600 x 1,200 is only usable with lower detail and quality levels – the Radeon X800 XL cards are the sole choice at this resolution if you must play Doom 3 at our test settings.

With a 50mm fan cooling the GPU, the Club3D isn’t silent, but it isn’t too noisy either. At this price, it’s more expensive than the Sparkle and Asus 6600 GT, but the breakout adaptor and bundle make it the best-value 6600 GT available.

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