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OO7MIKE
28th Jun 2004, 12:36 PM
A few months ago my 9800pro came down with a fatal illness. Since then I have enjoyed UT2k4 on my gf4 4200 @ 640x480 with playable frame rates. I want more.

I have heard many people online brag about there new X800 cards while i brag about my current card and resolution. They pitty me...and i still kick their asses. It's very fun to kick ass with a handycap...but it is even more fun to kick ass with better resolution and frame rates.

Although i could get off easy by buying another 9800pro 128mb or 256mb for a few more bucks, It would not even touch the performance of the next generation cards, so in this case, I really must spend more to get more.

After some intense research I have found that the GF 6800 has equal performance to the X800 for $100 less. When I say equal, I mean that the Nvidia card scores higher in 3dmarks, but the ATI card scores higher in Aquamark. This kind of performance is scalable to many types of games. Performance differences are not really noticable with 2-15fps. With this in mind I have come to the conclusion that the GF 6800 is a great value compaired to its competition. This is very suprising since it only uses 256bit DDR-1 and only 128mb of it. (X800 uses DDR-3 and 256mb of it) If i even remotely considered the X800, I would just go ahead and purchase the 6800 GT since its a much better card anyways.

The issue right now is that it will set me back $300. This is already a bit much for me, so anything more expensive cannot be done. There are currently only 2 brands out there.

eVGA (http://www.gameve.com/gve/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?sku=VC-EVGA-046) and Leadtek (http://www.gameve.com/gve/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?sku=VC-LEAD-020)
Lead tech is about $10 more and does not use the manufacturers spec design.

I plan on waiting 1-2 more weeks before purchasing anything.
Feel free to give some feed back.

BTW....If I get really itchy BFG GEFORCE 6800GT OC 256MB GDDR3 $390 (http://www.gameve.com/gve/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?sku=VC-BFG-007)

Rukee
28th Jun 2004, 03:12 PM
no, NO!!
You can`t get a 6800 before me!!! :-)








...if the Ultra`s would ever be released already, geez. :rolleyes:

Cat Fuzz
28th Jun 2004, 03:59 PM
no, NO!!
You can`t get a 6800 before me!!! :-)








...if the Ultra`s would ever be released already, geez. :rolleyes:


You must have a zillion computer parts laying around. :rolleyes:

Rukee
28th Jun 2004, 04:32 PM
You must have a zillion computer parts laying around. :rolleyes:
..if you only knew. :rolleyes:

not only do I have parts laying around, but....I got spare high end gamers here too, a couple of them, one in a Vapo PE machine with a FX5900. :p


Why, you need sumthin? :-)

Balton
28th Jun 2004, 04:52 PM
..if you only knew. :rolleyes:

not only do I have parts laying around, but....I got spare high end gamers here too, a couple of them, one in a Vapo PE machine with a FX5900. :p


Why, you need sumthin? :-)

hey hitting the 2nd zero birthday in 2 days, care to share? ;)

Cat Fuzz
28th Jun 2004, 05:25 PM
Why, you need sumthin? :-)


Oh, I ALWAYS need something. I just can't spend any money on my computer. Heck, I don't even have any money to do the brakes on the Rodeo. It also needs the tranny scanned and fixed, timing belt replaced before it breaks, and a front end alignment plus any parts that may need to be replaced to get it to line up. Then there's my truck.......

OO7MIKE
28th Jun 2004, 06:25 PM
I'm thinking that GT will be a great investment. It's going to be cheaper for me to buy now than later. Price vs usage time.

I think I will grab a Nostromo N52 and a new mouse pad as well. This should hold me over for a while. :)

Cat Fuzz
28th Jun 2004, 07:57 PM
I'm thinking that GT will be a great investment. It's going to be cheaper for me to buy now than later. Price vs usage time.

I think I will grab a Nostromo N52 and a new mouse pad as well. This should hold me over for a while. :)


Eh, do you even have a JOB? :D

OO7MIKE
28th Jun 2004, 08:12 PM
Yeah baby!
Almost done with it too, gonna buy daddy a new pair of shoes.

Rukee
28th Jun 2004, 08:42 PM
hey hitting the 2nd zero birthday in 2 days, care to share? ;)
Would you like the 1 word answer, or the 2 word answer?? :-)

Balton
29th Jun 2004, 03:26 AM
Would you like the 1 word answer, or the 2 word answer?? :-)
I'd like the "ok, address?" one ;)

Bot_40
29th Jun 2004, 02:26 PM
I would take the X800 over the 6800 straight away, only thing I would be worried about at this stage is how the 6800 will perform over the X800 in UE3 etc. with hardware pixel shadar 3 support, but they will prolly be minimum spec by then anyways :p

OO7MIKE
29th Jun 2004, 08:17 PM
I dont think that matters since Ued3 like the game is very cpu dependant. The differences between most of these cards are negligable with UT2k4. The real differences show up at higher resolutions and quality settings.

Now if your talking about Ued4 the next gen engine then you might have a point. I dont think it will matter for little old me who isnt under NDA with the new engine editor.

darth_weasel
29th Jun 2004, 09:06 PM
ue3 != ued3 ;)

Rukee
29th Jun 2004, 10:34 PM
I'd like the "ok, address?" one ;)
lol :p

OO7MIKE
29th Jun 2004, 11:30 PM
Oh yeah,
That GT will be mine in two weeks!
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Bot_40
30th Jun 2004, 01:56 PM
UE3 = Unreal Engine 3 :)
And yeah, I just don't know what sort of a benifit you would get with hardware pixel shadar 3 support, ask epic :)

Rukee
30th Jun 2004, 02:33 PM
UE3 = Unreal Engine 3 :)
And yeah, I just don't know what sort of a benifit you would get with hardware pixel shadar 3 support, ask epic :)
Epic is prolly waiting for mappers to tell them what the benifits are. :p

Bot_40
30th Jun 2004, 04:57 PM
I dunno, I never programmed a pixel shadar before :)

Rukee
30th Jun 2004, 06:06 PM
Where`s Bob when you need him?? :-)

OO7MIKE
30th Jun 2004, 07:41 PM
Shiot!
the BFG GT went up to $480 today and is on backorder.

well pny will have something for me by the 10th.