ati is supposed to be better for d3d, and nvidia for opengl. and since opengl isnt evolving much, most games will probably use d3d and plus 256mb in the x700 pro
1) NEVER generalize that nV is better always at OGL while ATi is always better at DX9...simply false.
2) the extra memory on the x700Pro doesn't do a whole lot over the 128MB at playable settings (if anything at all)
3) the 6600GT is better in 90% of games, especially the more demanding ones.
4) the 6600GT is generally quieter, cooler, and OCs better (for a better performance gain).
My question was, back when you bought it, could you actually have bought a 6600GT for a similar price? Was it available, or just paper launched. The X700pro isn't a bad card by any means, and in some games it's 256MB of ram help it outperform the X700XT at some settings(high res with AA). The 6600GT is the better card, but yours is still a very capable gaming card.
If you were buying them now, and prices were about the same, the 6600GT is the better one to buy. But don't beat yourself up about it, especially if pricing/availability of the two were different for you back when you bought your card. If you considered both, but opted for the one with more memory, ouch, slug away. :tongue: Just kidding, Play some games and enjoy your card instead. Things could be alot worse.
So the 6600gt would be better now and the future?(even with 128mb less mem.) Im not sure if i can refund, but theres a pny 6600gt at the same store now, and its only $50 more, ill just say it was an xmas present..
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by ItalianIce on 12/26/04 01:00 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
Yes, in the great majority of cases I believe the 6600GT would perform better. But for $50 less, the X700 pro is a nice card too. I'd probably keep the X700 pro, unless I was exchanging it for a higher end card that would really show a difference. $50 more and the hassle of trying to exchange it, I myself wouldn't bother, and would use the $50 to buy a a good game or two. Besides, there is a chance down the road that the performance between those two cards will even out more. I doubt the X700 pro will become the overall winner, but in some games it sure could.
Supposed to be late January I think. But who knows. I am not saying go buy one though. It's just seeing as you have a nice system and can use PCI-e, the X800XL is bound to be the desire card once it comes out. Unfortuantly it's PCI-e only, from the start at least, so I can't use one. Otherwise this 9800 pro would go, and in would come a sweet new X800XL(If I could grab one).