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September 26, 2006 3:23:01 PM

After tons of deliberation and countless posts later i found the card I feel is adequate for my needs.

BFG Tech BFGR68256GSOC Geforce 6800GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card

The clock speed on this baby is only 370 mghtz. Will that limit the capabilities of this card?

I've tried to7600GT/GS series from a reputable e-commerce site but they all seem to have gddr2 512mb which wont due.
And yes i did read The Best Gaming Video Cards for the Money: October 2006

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September 26, 2006 3:40:33 PM

GDDR2 vs GDDR3 doesn't matter, architecture is more important.

What matters is card performance.

If performance is what you want, then get the 7600 GT. If you don't want the best performance, the 6800 GS will be fine I guess...
September 26, 2006 11:47:47 PM

Well i see the 7600 gt on new egg for about the same price. However its only a 128 bit interface. Won't that cause it to take a hit in performance?
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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2006 11:59:37 PM

Basically, 7600GT = 6800U. Ands in AGP, 6800U > 6800GT > 6800GS. The architecture and clock speeds help the 7600GT to be a pretty incredible 128-bit card.
September 27, 2006 3:50:41 AM

Looks like the Radeon X850XT PE 256MB is the way to go. Specs look good. Its hard to find those the 7600 gt or gs agp with the right specs in america.

Thanks all for showing me the light.

Again Pauldh with right info lol thank you
September 27, 2006 11:28:50 PM

the x800 gto has a 256 bit interface but doesnt support shader model 3

The 7600 gs i plan to to get has a 128 bit interface but does support shader model 3.
THe over clocked version i plan to get will be around 150 while the x800 gto will b around 130, does it matter?


They perform about the same. It all matters on how important having sm 3.0 is to you. BTW, you can get the 7600GS for cheaper on Newegg. Anywhere from $125-140. Don't spend extra on the 512MB version. 512MB is only worth it on the higher end cards.
a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2006 1:53:01 AM

Personally I think Sm3.0 means very little in cards of this caliber. it's not like they have the power to really take advantage of HDR nor do they have the power to last further into future games. So what's the advantage?

Anyway, stock speeds, an X800GTO is above a 7600GS. Take a look at the Digit-life charts below. they are PCI-e, but clocked the same they perform the same. Just ignore the 6800GS and 6800XT as those are beastly clocked compared to the AGP ones for sale.

Anyway, the X800GTO manages to beat the 7600GS in every single game at max playable settings. It's very close in a few games, but others are a huge victory for the GTO. IMO stock speeds and priced the same, the X800GTO is better than the 7600GS. At this level card, performance ranks above SM3.0 in my book.

When you get up to the 7600GT vs X850XT and 7800GS vs X850XTpe, then performance is so close and trading blows depending on the game, that the SM3.0 cards would both get my vote if priced the same as the equal X850. These cards and above also start to have the power to take advanatge of their features.