I am thinking or either getting a 6600GT(AGP) or 6800LE, at the moment i am going towords a 6600 but i have several concerns about it, i was wondering if the 6800's extra vertex shader will give it a noticable perofmrance over the 6600 and is the 6600 128bit memory a serious bottlneck, so what do you think and which would be a better choice in the long run?
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I would skip both and get the 6800nu. The 6600GT is about $200, good price for the performance, but you gave the 6800LE as an option too. The cheapest 6800LE I have seen is about $260. That was off of newegg.com. The cheapest 6800nu I have seen on Newegg is $270. I would definitely opt for a 6800nu. And if you don't mind me suggesting one, I would go for the BFG 6800OC. Roughly half of them are unlockable (I have one and it's unlocked). Unlocking does NO damage to your card. If the pipelines don't work, then no worries. Just turn 'em off and you've still got a great card. Here, also, is a link of my 6800nu unlockable chart.
I highly recommend a 6800nu over a 6600GT or 6800LE. It has more staying power, with the 12 pipelines, and with the good chance of unlocking the other 4. If you have any questions on unlocking the pipelines, http://www.guru3d.com is a good source to read from, and me and mothow both have unlocked 6800nu's. Good luck with your decision!
Yep he is right....6800nu is my fav. card too actually......if ur ~~NOT~~ into overclocking then only consider 6800GT..its simply amazing at stock speeds too..however 6800nu is good for stock users too.but still GDDR3 is tempting.
If you're looking for cheaper performance, go for the 6600GT. Tom's Hardware (Or some good benchmark site, can't remember) shows it almost equalling the 6800nu, and even surpassing it in one test! The 6600GT is mine...
I don't think you guys read it correctly. He was debating between the 6600GT and 6800LE. He obviously wants a cheap card, and I must say: $400 is not cheap. 6600GT WILL clock VERY high, but will be limited by the 128-bit memory bandwidth. For some reason, I smell a BIOS flash in the air. *sniff sniff* Ultra BIOS with 8-pipelines masked, anyone? *sniff sniff*
soz lord coldfire it was just my typo
so i guess im back to getting the 6800 le
i know the starter of the thread in real life adn thats why we came here to get expert advice or at least a decent opinion
but i can still dream and wait for the benchmarks
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+
ASUS HD 4850 1 GB DDR3
OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz
250 GB HDD SATA
Hiper 530W PSU
Gigabyte GA-M61PME-S2 GeForce 6100 Socket AM2 onboard
I didn't mean to upset you, if I did, Curtis. Typos are understandable. We all do it.
Don't get the 6800LE, though, seriously. It's not that great of a card for the price. It's almost as much as the 6800NU, and not as widely known. I'd stick with a 6800nu because of the basic architecture of the card is amazing for the price, and will hold up well in the future.
Right Supreet, but he's obviously looking for a budget-to-midrange card with good performance. The 6800GT is not midrange. It's lower-high-end range. I would recommend the 6600GT for AGP, when it comes out, if you're not willing to spend more than $200-$220. If you are, however, willing to spend up to $300, then I would go for the 6800nu and unlock it either when you feel like it's running low on performance or right off the bat, if you so please. (And by right off the bat, I mean when the card has been slightly broken in).
Yes, Supreet. But, while the 6600GT only has a 128-bit memory bandwidth interface, it DOES have GDDR3, which allows it to scale to higher frequencies than the 9800 Pro, which has the faulty and unstable DDR2. The 6600GT also has 8-pixel pipelines like the 9800 Pro, but I believe it has one more vertex pipeline. I just feel that, while the 6600GT was almost equal to the 6800nu in most benchmarks, it is a better card than the 9800 Pro. Simply because they're so close in price.
Yeah, you didn't know that the 9800 Pro had DDR2? That's part of what made it so great. Every other 9-series ATi card has DDR, except for the 9800 Pro/XT. I will respect the 9800 Pro for the DDR2 because, in all respect, it IS good memory. It's just not as stable at higher clocks at it's supposed to be. It was one of the first cards with DDR2 and 8-pixel pipelines. That's why it was, and still is, so damn fast.
Yeah, I think they stopped making the 9800XT with DDR2 because it wasn't very stable at the higher clock speeds they wanted. So, they went with DDR (and a lot with DDR2) and clocked the hell out of the GPU.
AGP 6600GT isnt out yet....for the best price/performance card at the moment is 9800pro....i wouldnt mind getting 9800pro over 6600GT ..coz the difference is minimal....and about Image quality all guys says that ATI has better deal.
Consider MSI 9800pro..its comes with R360 core and shows XT with omega drivers....
Wrong!! Geforce 6600 GT will blow Radeon 9800 PRO away. Geforce 6600 GT is on par with Radeon 9800 XT although it can beat Radeon 9800 XT in most of the games test. Go to Tom's hardware and look for their review or take a look at this preview of APG verison. It is pretty simliar to PCI verison. http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/nvidia_geforce_6600_gt_agp/default.asp
Get Geforce 6600 GT PCI verison, it will still beat APG Radeon 9800 XT. And in one year and a half, you can buy another Geforce 6600 GT for 130 buck to double ur performance using SLI.