Leadtek WinFast PX6600-TD 256 review
Unlike the much sought-after GeForce 6600 GT, the plain 6600 isn’t such a competent performer. The PX6600-TD 256 has a core clock of 300MHz and 500MHz memory.
Leadtek tries to compensate for this by including 256MB of DDR RAM – double that of a 6600 GT. It all resides on the top of Leadtek’s card, but is limited by the 128-bit interface compared to 256 bits for the 6600 GT. A heatsink cools the GPU – fortunately, the fan is relatively quiet, so you shouldn’t notice it adding too much to your PC’s hum.
Despite the extra memory, performance was disappointing. The card only once broke the 30fps barrier – in Half-Life 2 at 1,024 x 768. Frame rates dropped to 25.1 and 22.8fps in Far Cry and Doom 3 respectively. At 1,280 x 1,024, you won’t see anything beyond 20fps, and performance at 1,600 x 1,200 is prohibitively slow.
The card sports the usual array of DVI, D-SUB and S-Video outputs – HDTV is also supported, and an S-Video/component splitter cable is bundled. Two games from the Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia stables are also present, along with a Leadtek-branded software DVD player and overclocking utility. Completing the kit is a simple video-editing application and, oddly, a colour calibration utility for Internet colours.
Considering that MSI’s similar GeForce 6600 card has almost identical specifications yet costs £90, the Leadtek is better value at £74. However, Asus’ AX700-X performs better for £7 less and is a better choice if your budget is limited.