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6800GT 256MB AGP? OR 2x 6600GT 128MB PCI EXPRESS ?

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December 28, 2004 4:58:19 PM

building a comp for my bro.
choosing between
bfg 6800gt oc 256mb AGP
&
dual(LSI) 6600gt's 128mb pci-express

i am having a hard time choosing between those two options.

two 6600gt(pci-e)'s cost a bit more than one 6800gt 256mb AGP.
and yes, i do know that i need different motherboards.

i forget where but i read it somewhere. there were 3 sites where they said dual 6600GT's outperformed x800xt by big margins.
i myself currently have a bfg 6800 gt oc 256mb, it is a great card. i dont think there is a need to buy a 6800 ultra when i can overclock 6800gt into an ultra.

the costs~
6800gt: $400ish
two 6600gt's: $450ish
6800 ultra: $500+

so here i am, struggling to pick between 6800gt and dual 6600gt's.

what are your thoughts?

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December 28, 2004 6:44:55 PM

Look into the future for upgrades, Get either the 6800gt or 6800ultra if there is an SLI version out. This way you can upgrade with another one and do a hell-of-a-lot better than a pair of 6600gts

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December 28, 2004 6:57:29 PM

you could get the Asus A8N-SLI deluxe and just put one 6800 or 6800 gt if you wanted to in it, and get another one when it comes time for upgrading. You can run most new games with a 6800 gt on high options, and then you could get another card later if it started slacking in the future

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December 28, 2004 10:38:42 PM

Problem is, that motherboard is almost totally out of stock, and PCI-e GF6800GT's and Ultra's are just as rare. So currently PCi-e A64 with 1 6800GT or U is harder to buy than the X800XT Press Edition.

Your thought is a very logical one. Just not a likely possibility right now.



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December 28, 2004 10:52:36 PM

OK, performance wise, 2 6600GT's do not beat out a X800XTpe in anything, not even in their sweet spots - Doom 3 or COD. Check <A HREF="http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20041222/vga_c..." target="_new">Tom's VGA Charts V</A> for up to date comparisons.

1 6800GT usually is able to beat 2 6600GT's in SLI, so the 6800GT AGP, which can be bought for as low as $330 if your fast to grab one, is the better option. I agree, forget the Ultra. Your 6800GT is the best deal in a high end AGP card.

Anyway, the above solution of 1 PCI-e 6800GT and an SLI mobo now would be a sweet solution, but there are two problems: <A HREF="http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=20393" target="_new"> No SLI Mobos </A> and <A HREF="http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=20268" target="_new"> No PCI-e 6800GT's or Ultra's</A>. :frown:


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<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Pauldh on 12/29/04 07:58 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
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December 29, 2004 11:09:42 PM

<A HREF="http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/gigabyte_3d1/page5...." target="_new">FiringSquad put up a new review today</A> of Gigabytes dual 6600GT GPU card. You can see it is no match for the 6800GT. IMO, it shows again that 2 -6600GT's in SLI right off the bat, doesn't make much sense as 1 6800GT is clearly faster. This card was supposed to be faster than 2 6600GT's in SLI also I believe. IN HL2, the 6800GT totally spanks the it. 1 - 6600GT now, one later is good for people on a budget. But if you have $350+ dollar for a video card, the 6800GT AGP is the way to go until 6800GT PCI-e come down in price, or forget NV SLI and grap a X800XL when it comes out.

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<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Pauldh on 12/29/04 08:41 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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