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Gainward Ultra/2400 6800GT 256mbvs. BLISS 6800GS 512mb

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June 22, 2006 4:30:30 PM

Hi all,

Recently my AGP Geforce 6800GT died on me, and as i am planning to build an entirely new base unit within 4 months or so, i want to purchase a budget AGP card, rather than spending £250+ on a geforce 7 card. I have a choice of two cards, but i am at a loss on which one to choose. Both seem to have similar specs, but i dont know which one would perform better in games such as NFS Most Wanted, Half Life 2, Doom 3, Quake 4, and newer games.

My system:
Pentium 4 3.0ghz w/HT FSB800
1GB (2x512mb) DDR400 PC3200 Kingston value ram (dual channel)
865G Neo 2 motherboard
Running one CRT monitor.

The two cards:

Gainward Ultra/2400 Geforce 6800GT Gold Sample 256mb:
http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/gain...

Gainward BLISS 6800GS 512mb:
http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=1...


Both seem to have similar specifications, apart form the noticeable fact that the BLISS 6800GS card has 512mb of RAM. My choice of card will have to last me up to another 8 months of performance gaming, and i am unsure about whether i would benefit from the extra 512mb of RAM in that time period. I am also unsure about the processing performance of both cards.

If anyone could please help me with my decision, i would be most grateful.

Thank you,

-Zal
June 22, 2006 6:44:02 PM

6800GT for AGP is better than the 6800GS for AGP. For PCI-E, they're about same, for AGP 6800GT is better.
June 22, 2006 8:41:52 PM

I see, but even though the 6800G has 512mb, the 256mb GT will still be better?
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June 22, 2006 8:43:02 PM

Video memory mean very little. It won't give a performance boost. CoD2 seems an increase in framerates, but other than that, basically no difference. By the time you need to have a 512mb video card, you'll need something better than 6800.
June 23, 2006 1:53:13 AM

Prozac is right on the money here. If your choosing between AGP cards, it's the 6800GT all the way.

I'm curious to know what an AGP 6800GT goes for these days...I dont see them available anywhere :?
June 23, 2006 2:07:56 AM

Sorry i forgot to mention this...

The Gainward Bliss 6800GS 512mb is only £5 more expensive than the Gainward Ultra/2400 6800GT 256mb (clocked at 400/1100 as stock)

Now given the price difference, would you still say that the 6800gt is the better choice? (i honestly dont know :p )

Thanks for your help once again :) 

EDIT: in actual fact, the ultra pach 6800GT is £20 more expensive, but it comes with doom 3, and some other useless stuff. There is, however, a bulk buy version, same card, same box, just no manuals, games, or software (drivers direct from www.nvidia.com), which is £25 cheaper.
June 23, 2006 2:16:39 AM

The 6800GS is a 12 pipe card, and the 6800GT is a 16 pipe card......hence our favoring the GT.
June 23, 2006 2:19:30 AM

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The 6800GS is a 12 pipe card, and the 6800GT is a 16 pipe card......hence our favoring the GT.
June 23, 2006 5:38:58 AM

Sorry, i know little about the significance of pipelines, but as youre stressing it tha tmuch, i guess it makes all the difference.

Thanks for your help :) 

Edit: The Gainward Ultra/2400 6800GT bulkbuy version (no software i wouldnt use / game i already have) costs £147 (£174 for the ultra pack, with all of the other stuff).
June 23, 2006 11:53:44 AM

6800GT for AGP also has slightly higher clock speeds.
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