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GeForce 6800 (non-ultra) Brand Choice

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August 21, 2004 7:53:23 PM

I've narrowed my graphics card searches down to getting the GeForce 6800 Standard 128MB DDR. I won't be going for the GT or Ultra models because they're a bit too expensive for me at the moment. So the last question I have is what manufacturers would you recommend for this video card?

Here's the brands I'm evaluating. Please add your own thoughts if I missed any:
<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti..." target="_new">Albatron</A> - $282
<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti..." target="_new">Chaintech</A> - $288
<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti..." target="_new">eVGA</A> - $283
<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti..." target="_new">Gainward</A> (double slot design) - $299
<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti..." target="_new">Gainward</A> (single slot design) - $296
<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti..." target="_new">Leadtek</A> - $283
<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti..." target="_new">MSI</A> - $292
<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti..." target="_new">PNY</A> - $292
<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti..." target="_new">Prolink</A> - $294
<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti..." target="_new">XFX</A> - $283

Apparently that Chaintech is a "Turbo" model, meaning that it's OC'd 10% out of the box (<A HREF="http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.cfm?catid=31&th..." target="_new">read thread</A>), and <A HREF="http://techreport.com/reviews/2004q3/geforce6800-compar..." target="_new">this article</A> gives a good review of it.

The only games I intend to play with this are UT2004, Doom3 and FarCry (all of which I've already bought). So software bundles aren't really that big of a deal for me.

Noise is also a concern for me, so if any of these are particularly loud, I might end up getting a VGA Silencer (<A HREF="http://pcmoddingmy.com/content.php?review.81" target="_new">like one of these</A>).

Modding to GT: I've been reading forum posts (like <A HREF="http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam..." target="_new">this one</A>, <A HREF="http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.cfm?catid=31&th..." target="_new">this one</A> and <A HREF="http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.cfm?catid=31&th..." target="_new">this one</A>) about mods to unlock the extra 4 pipelines to essentially give you a GT model. I know it's not available yet, but has anyone heard which models are good for that? I'm still debating if I'll do it, but it might be a nice feature to have though when it becomes available. This isn't a requirement though.


Your opinions and technical expertise is appreciated!
Thanks!
August 21, 2004 8:56:43 PM

Nice, u made clickys. Saved time.

for that pipeline stuff I found <A HREF="http://www.digit-life.com/news.html?107374#107374" target="_new">this</A>. Dont know how useful will it be.

Manufacturers:

As you said other cards a re a bit too expensive at the moment, try the evga stuff. They have this <A HREF="http://www.evga.com/stepup/default.asp?switch=2" target="_new">step up program</A> which might allow you to upgrade your card in the future (90 days)

Also, i generally stay away from products that have weird box designs, about 5-6 years ago PCMag had an article of how product boxes ahould be(how a shitty game like deer hunter sold >1M copies was due to its fancy box). XFX tries to show off their box, they should show off their card instead. See HIS ICEQ II, they show their card thru the box and avoid fancy shapes.

MSI has good support. Gainward double slot has more chnces of getting nicely overclocked bcos of the heatsink stuff.

I am an ATI guy, so some Nvidia guy should help you out better. But if I were to buy any of those, I would take the evga, due to its step up prog. (assuming it applies to that card)

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August 22, 2004 2:30:55 AM

I personally have the 6800 eVGA card. I have also owned several cards from LeadTek in the past, and have always liked them, their heat sinks are always great. The MSI might be worth looking at because that one keeps being mentioned about the pipelines being unlockable.

As far as my eVGA card, I am very happy with it, the heatsink is virtually silent, and it seems to have pretty decent overclocking abilites, and still keeps the temps undercontrol.

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August 22, 2004 3:09:15 AM

eVGA 6800 is out of stock at newegg :(  do you think they will be back in stock in about 2 weeks?

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August 22, 2004 7:24:51 AM

well I will pick LeadTek because of its HUGE copper heatsink, good for overclocking and cooling.
August 23, 2004 6:29:39 PM

Looking at these options, I think I'm gonna go with the eVGA card... the step up program is pretty nice, and hopefully the 6800 GT will come down in price in the next 3 months :) 

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August 23, 2004 6:41:27 PM

make sure u read the terms and conditions...chk if that program applies to ur plan.

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