Gigabyte Presents Dual Core 6600GT

Gigabyte has suddenly announced a single slot SLI graphics card. The 3D1 sports two GeForce 6600GT GPU's on one board.

Gigabyte has announced details of one of the most interesting graphics cards we’ve seen recently. The Gigabyte 3D1 uses SLI technology, but combines two nVidia GeForce 6600GT chips onto a single board. The 3D1 also features a 256MB of DDR3 RAM with a 256-bit memory interface, compared to the 128MB of RAM with a 128-bit interface of single 6600GT boards.

Gigabyte has used a custom dual-fan system to cool the dual chips with minimal noise. Gigabyte claims that the 3D1 can turn in a faster score than ATI’s just released Radeon X850 XT card in 3DMark 2003, hitting 14,293. The idea is that users will be able to buy a card and motherboard for less than a single Radeon X850 or GeForce 6800 Ultra. The supplied specs have the core running at 500MHz, and the memory at 600MHz (1,200MHz effective).

It’s not the first time that a graphics card has featured two cores. A few years back ATI launched the Rage Fury MAXX in an attempt to compete with the origianl GeForce, while 3Dfx had the ill-fated Voodoo 5 5000 and 5500. Gigabyte will no doubt be hoping for more success than those previous cards enjoyed.

The 3D1’s dual core solution could be a great way of avoiding the heat issues associated with running multiple graphics cards in one case. That said it’s a shame that there appears to be no SLI connector at the top, which rules out the possibility of running two of these in an SLI board to get a quad-performance boost.

We spoke to Gigabyte to find out more but they could give us no firm details on pricing or availability in the UK. However, late January was mentioned.


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