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128MB XFX Gf 6600GT or 256MB nVidia Gf 6800

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July 12, 2005 5:22:55 PM

Price aside, which card is faster?

XFX PVT43AND GeForce 6600 GT AGP 128MB DDR3 Video Card w/TV-Out & Dual DVI Retail

Chipset: GeForce 6600 GT
Memory: 128 MB
Bus Type: AGP 8X
Memory Type: DDR3
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Output: Dual DVI
Highlighted Features: HDTV ready
Graphics Core: 256-bit
Memory Interface: 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth: 16.0 GB/sec.
Fill Rate: 4 Billion Texels/Sec.
Vertices Per Second: 375 Million
Memory Date Rate: 1 GHz
Pixels per Clock (peak): 8
RAMDACs: 400 MHz


or

256MB Nvidia GeForce 6800:

Memory: 256MB DDR SDRAM
Controller: nVidia GeForce 6800
Controller Speed: 325MHz
On Board MEm Speed: 300MHz
PCI Express x16
Controller Data Width: 256-bit
On Board Mem Width: 256-bit
RADMAC: Dual 400MHz
DVI/VGA/TV-out
July 12, 2005 5:35:05 PM

what kind of motherboard do you have pice or agp?

or are you planning on upgrading more than just you vid card?

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July 12, 2005 5:49:59 PM

Don't have the motherboard yet... Deciding on PCe or AGP first...
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July 12, 2005 5:52:42 PM

id go with pci-e mobo and card(6800 pci-e) just because i think that agp will be dead soon and your possibilities of upgrading without having to buy a new mobo in the future is always nice.

just my opinion though.

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July 12, 2005 7:32:13 PM

The only drawback, which makes this a strange deciding factor, is that the PCIe version of the GF6800 isn't modable, but the AGP version is quite often modable. It's a consideration if you're more interested in that then not having to replace your motherboard in the future. But it's damn hard ot recommend a new AGP board to anyone, because it does have a limited opportunity lifespan IMO.

However if he's not upgrading for a year or two it may have little impact anyways because by that time it's likely that there will be the shift to different sockets and memory, as well as other features.

Just a thought.


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July 12, 2005 8:15:01 PM

Since you haven't bought the mobo yet, I'd recommend going PCI-e and ATI. For $20 more(in the USA anyway) than a GF6800 PCI-e, you can get a <A HREF="http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Sc..." target="_new">X800XL 256MB</A> which is far superior. Or you could save money and get a X800 128MB for $150 or so. Of course outside the USA things could be different.

GF6600GT and GF6800 are not bad options in AGP, but IMO ATI rules the $150-$250 PCI-e market right now. EDIT: Shoot, why not make that $150-$300+. It's not until $330 or so that a 6800GT can be bought, and even then hard to justify one <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681..." target="_new">given the XL's price</A>. I'd go with the HIS for $288 with its vga silencer and Flatout game.





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<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Pauldh on 07/12/05 04:28 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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