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MSI GeForce 6600 Ares

MSI GeForce 6600 Ares Image NVIDIA NV43 A2 Image

Graphics Processor

GPU Name: NV43 A2
Architecture: Curie
Process Size: 110 nm
Transistors: 146 million
Die Size: 150 mm²

Graphics Card

Released: Aug 12th, 2004
Jan 12th, 2006
Production Status: End-of-life
Bus Interface: PCIe 1.0 x16

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock: 300 MHz
350 MHz (+17%)
Memory Clock: 250 MHz
400 MHz (+60%)
500 MHz effective
800 MHz effective


Memory Size: 128 MB
256 MB
Memory Type: DDR
Memory Bus: 128 bit
Bandwidth: 8.00 GB/s
12.80 GB/s

Render Config

Pixel Shaders: 8
Vertex Shaders: 3
TMUs: 8
ROPs: 4
Pixel Rate: 1.200 GPixel/s
1.400 GPixel/s
Vertex Rate: 225.0 MVertices/s
262.5 MVertices/s
Texture Rate: 2.400 GTexel/s
2.800 GTexel/s

Board Design

Slot Width: Single-slot
TDP: unknown
Outputs: 1x DVI
1x VGA
1x S-Video
Power Connectors: None
Board Number: P229, P295

Graphics Features

DirectX: 9.0c
OpenGL: 2.1
OpenCL: n/a
Shader Model: 3.0


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Card Notes

Memory Variant: 256 MB

Other retail boards based on this design

Name GPU Clock Memory Clock Other Changes
MSI GeForce 6600 Ares 350 MHz 400 MHz 256 MB, DDR2