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weeds
05-07-04, 04:25 PM
Something to discuss..


http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/article/1711/

Pantherman
05-08-04, 10:46 PM
ALthough the two cards perform roughly the same, the X800 XT is better in newer DX 9 games, runs cooler, and doesn't consume nearly as much power. The X800 XT is really the better choice. However, the GeForce 6800 GT looks a lot better against the X800 Pro.

TheTaz
05-08-04, 11:07 PM
However, the GeForce 6800 GT looks a lot better against the X800 Pro.

Yeah... the GT really has my attention. :)

I'm still going to wait a couple months and see how the prices drop / drivers mature. ;)

Regards,

Taz

Lfctony
05-09-04, 12:17 AM
I'll give Nvidia one to two months time to see what they can do with drivers, then I will decide what to get.

Snooka
05-09-04, 12:29 AM
I'll get the first one on the store shelves. Ultra or XT

Waltar
05-09-04, 01:12 AM
I'm personally going to get an x800 pro. And if the compiler gets better by the time the 6800GT hits the stores, I may sell my x800. Or keep it.

Nutty
05-09-04, 07:03 AM
and doesn't consume nearly as much power.
According to Toms hardware, the difference is only about 20 Watts, which is less than 10% difference. I'd hardly say it "doesn't consume nearly as much power". They're quite similar.

The difference is about 1/5th of what I'd use switching on a single light in my house. Not something to worry about imo.

Casper
05-09-04, 09:35 AM
As it looks now it´s really a simple choice by me.

Only one card seem to be able to pull 1600x1200 with antialiasing and anisotrophic at good framerates in current games and I buy my next card as much for current games like FS 2004/FAR CRY as for feature ones like Half Life 2 and STALKER.

pat777
05-09-04, 06:48 PM
If you get the 6800 Ultra don't overclock the clock speed. Overclock the memory bandwidth as much as possible. The 6800U needs much more bandwidth than X800 XT since it has longer pipelines. I think this can explain why X800 XT is currently beating the 6800 U.

jAkUp
05-09-04, 06:59 PM
Its almost a toss up for me... but I think I'm gonna gow with the X800XT.... Just the games/settings/resolution seems to cater to me :)

ChrisRay
05-09-04, 09:00 PM
I wish I knew more about the 800XTs pipe configuration. Do the extra 4 pipes have Shader units on them? I know the 800XT doesnt get an additional vertex Unit,

saturnotaku
05-09-04, 09:02 PM
If you're limited to 1280 like a lot of us 17" LCD users, the better choice would be either the X800 Pro or 6800 GT. The power of the XT or Ultra would be lovely, but the price difference doesn't justify IMO, the performance at resolutions of less than 1600x1200.

Plus, you can parlay the money you save into a CPU upgrade to scale with your powerful new graphics chip. ;)

Carbon Unit
05-10-04, 01:30 AM
I believe the 6800U will be $100 cheaper than the X800, so I will probably go with that

Dazz
05-10-04, 01:38 AM
I am thinking of getting an ASUS Radeon X800Pro or maybe a connect3D Radeon X800Pro w/ Hitman bundle.

spajdr
05-10-04, 07:29 AM
doesnt really matter what you want to choose, problem will be what you will play, not much good PC games are released so far, pretty sad. I hope Half Life 2 and Doom III will change that and pc games will be fun to play again. So much gfx power and so little solid pc games.

4q2
05-10-04, 07:54 AM
I think that the X800 is the better buy if you are buying the card to play games right now or in the immediate near future.

The 6800 is definately the card to get if you are a developer and want to work with future shader tech.

The x800 will be more stable because of more mature drivers initially, the 6800 will have some teething pains but stands to gain more performance through better drivers in the long run.

The 6800 is probably more future proof because of Ps3.0 (at least as future proof as an AGP card can be at this point).

There are also potential power/heat problems with the 6800.

Tough call at this time and it will all depend on what you are looking for, what your Pc upgrade plans are, how soon each card is avail., and what the final prices will be.

PoorGuy
05-10-04, 03:41 PM
I believe the 6800U will be $100 cheaper than the X800, so I will probably go with that

Since that is the case, most people won't buy the X800 and go for the 6800 Ultra. $100 more for comparable performance and lesser features? No way.

Cota
05-10-04, 03:58 PM
doesnt really matter what you want to choose, problem will be what you will play, not much good PC games are released so far, pretty sad. I hope Half Life 2 and Doom III will change that and pc games will be fun to play again. So much gfx power and so little solid pc games.


That's so true...

Mike89
05-10-04, 10:42 PM
I'm going with the X800XT PE.

I like ATI's "simpler is better" approach. Less power, less heat, smaller card, more raw power. Nice combo.

I also agree with their reasoning on not making the card too complicated going with PS 3.0 at this point in time. I believe by the time 3.0 is utilized in the mainstream, the next vid cards will be here that will be better equipped to deal with it.

This decision is also based on a years experience with my 9800 Pro (along with ATI's solid drivers, just had to throw that in for all you guys that like to knock the drivers). No problems with that card and I don't expect any with the X800.

For now, ATI's performance and stability has kept me as a customer and until that changes or something better comes along, I'll stick with em. At one point in time I said the same thing when I was running Nvidia cards.

Things always change. If I see a need to change, I just do it and don't trip on it. That's my cent and a half.


Edit:
I just pre-ordered it at Bestbuy (CompUSA also has it for pre-order). Didn't even know it was up for pre-order yet but when I found out, I got right on it. Now it's just the waiting. (mag)