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Gigabyte GV-NX66T128D-3

Gigabyte doesn’t seem to think that a funky name is important and has stuck with a complicated model number. It tells you that the card has 128MB of memory and a DVI connector. The card itself is blue with a gold coloured cover on a copper plated aluminium GPU heatsink. There are no memory heatsinks, but then again, GDDR3 memory doesn’t run that hot at stock speeds so it shouldn’t need any.

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Apart from the blue colour the GV-NX66T128D-3 follows the nVidia reference design. Outputs consist of a D-SUB, a DVI and a video out connector. This accepts standard S-Video cables but Gigabyte supplies a breakout box with S-Video and Component video connectors. One of the Component video connectors also doubles up for Composite video output and you also get a DVI to D-SUB adapter. Breakout boxes are great as it is easier to see what goes where compared to having a bunch of cables hanging out the back of your PC. However, Gigabyte really needs to add a longer cable, since the one supplied is way too short.

On the software side Gigabyte supplies a copy of PowerDVD 5 on the drivers CD as well as a full copy of Doom 3 - not a bad bundle. The manual is detailed and specific to the GV-NX66T128D-3, which is good for anyone that not used to installing graphics cards.

Performance wise, it’s much of a muchness compared to the other cards.But where the GV-NX66T128D-3 really breaks the mould is when it comes to cost as at only £117.19 it’s one of the cheapest on test.

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