Concluding this review I just want
to say that the XFX 6800 GS XXX Edition card provides a tremendous
bang for the buck! The GeForce 6600 GT cannot compete with it nor
can the GeForce 6800 GT. Yes, the GeForce 6800 GT can stay within
range, performance-wise, but when you consider the higher price
of the GeForce 6800 GT and compare the attributes of the GeForce
6800 GS, in both price and performance, it's a no-brainer. For those
budget-minded gamers who are considering an upgrade to PCI-E this
card should be on your short-list for consideration.
XFX GeForce 6800 GS
Going with two GeForce 6800
GS cards in SLI is another matter and I hesitate to recommend taking
this path. One GeForce 6800 GS, like the XFX GeForce 6800 GS XXX
Edition, will provide enjoyable gaming performance in the latest
games, albeit at moderate resolutions, with use of antialiasing.
Going with two cards in SLI will allow use of 4xAA at moderate resolutions
but at double the expense. This is the touchy point as paying $400
for the two cards is more than you would pay for a GeForce 7800
GT and almost the price of a GeForce 7800 GTX. I would strongly
consider either of these cards as a single card solution over the
6800 GS in an SLI configuration.
NVIDIA has filled a void for the gamer
on a budget and XFX has come through with a diamond, a gem, a pearl,
whatever you want to call it, it's one heck of a bargain! Running
the latest games at 1280x1024 (on an LCD) or 1280x960 (on a CRT)
with 2xAA is possible. If you must have 4xAA it will require SLI
so that doubles the cost and the 7800 GT becomes a player for consideration.
Nevertheless, I am giving this card, XFX's 6800 GS XXX Edition,
the nV News 'Grand Slam Award' for providing an improved performance
version of a well-designed video card at a reasonable price.
Thanks to XFX for providing nV News
with the XFX GeForce 6800 GS XXX Edition to review!
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