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Any good $150 AGP cards better than a 5900 Ultra 256meg?

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November 28, 2005 4:31:32 PM

I've got a Leadtek Winfast A350 Ultra (256mb).

I'm not wanting to upgrade my mobo and CPU just yet, I figure in about a year or so. But I'm wondering if there's any AGP cards out there worth spending $150 on until I'm ready? Or would something like that be only a small increase?
November 28, 2005 7:52:16 PM

Yep. newegg.com has a 6800 XT (neutered GT) AGP for $144.50 according to www.pricewatch.com

That'll give you a nice boost in performance.

-mpjesse
November 30, 2005 8:02:06 PM

thanks mpjesse!
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December 1, 2005 7:44:58 PM

Edit: Oh dear, it looks like no one is selling them anymore. Try searching for it at www.newegg.com

No problema mi amigo!

-mpjesse
December 1, 2005 8:25:21 PM

Further researching your suggestion I've read comparisons saying that a 6600GT is better than a 6800XT?


All of these similar naming conventions make it really confusing... which is I'm sure what Nvidia's plan was. LE, XT, GT, GTX, there really ought to be a chart explaining all of these things.

So, you would recommend the 6800XT over the 6600GT?
Any idea what kind of performance increase these will give me over the 5900?
December 1, 2005 10:22:00 PM

I haven't seen the cards pitted against each other. But if what you've seen makes the 6600GT better- go for it. Just make sure it's available in AGP format. :-)
December 1, 2005 11:29:37 PM

word. thanks again.
December 10, 2005 5:03:32 AM

They might be a couple bucks more but id get a 6800 256mb card there nice
(its just 6800 nothing behind it i.e. gt xt ultra whatever)
December 11, 2005 2:05:30 PM

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They might be a couple bucks more but id get a 6800 256mb card there nice
(its just 6800 nothing behind it i.e. gt xt ultra whatever)


Those things are $100 more for 128 MB more Video RAM...if you have a budget that's not worth it, IMO.
December 11, 2005 2:11:38 PM

Heh, show me where you can find any new card at that price...

Actually, I got the deal of the century on eBay: a BFG 6800 Ultra 256meg for $158 shipped, so I'm pretty happy.
December 11, 2005 2:13:17 PM

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Heh, show me where you can find any new card at that price...

Actually, I got the deal of the century on eBay: a BFG 6800 Ultra 256meg for $158 shipped, so I'm pretty happy.


Wow, very nice! If its used, I hope it works. :D 

Edit: To answer your question, most 6600 GTs are below or around $150 these days. For Example: JATON 3DForce6600GT Geforce 6600GT 128MB 128-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X at Newegg.com They're still not a better deal than you got.
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