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pkirby11
06-09-04, 09:28 PM
So according to this news article on gamespot, NVIDIA made the official announcement on the 6800. Not the Ulrta or the GT just the 6800. It's going to run $299 and have a 12 pixel pipe and clocked at 325Mhz with 128 MB at 700Mhz.

Also in the article, NVIDIA stated that most manufacturers should start shipping beginning sometime next week. What that means who knows. :) Hopefully we'll start to see more than a handful of cards. Plus it says the GT will start appearing later in the month. Heres to hoping. :)

Full article can be found here.
http://www.gamespot.com/news/2004/06/09/news_6100334.html

Clay
06-09-04, 09:34 PM
That's good to hear. Also, BFG Tech has "late June" posted on their website:
http://www.bfgtech.com/6800.html

noko
06-09-04, 10:38 PM
Looks like it is coming together for Nvidia, news releases seem to be consistent. IBM may come through and deliver plenty of chips for us gamers after all :D

saturnotaku
06-09-04, 10:44 PM
Since the 6800 non-ultra is going to be a 12-pipe card, I honestly wouldn't mind having one of those in my system. Much as I would love to have a GT or an Ultra, the $299 card sounds like it will be pretty solid. :)

Ruined
06-09-04, 11:49 PM
Since the 6800 non-ultra is going to be a 12-pipe card, I honestly wouldn't mind having one of those in my system. Much as I would love to have a GT or an Ultra, the $299 card sounds like it will be pretty solid. :)

I'm also thinking of a non-ultra... I only have a 2.6ghz CPU and I'm not sure if the 16 pipes would benefit me that much. Anyone have benchmarks on a 2.6ghz CPU between the 6800NU and 6800GT or 6800U?

Eymar
06-09-04, 11:53 PM
I agree with saturnotaku, even if at worst it's 25% slower then a comparable clocked GT it still should be a strong performer for the mid range crowd. To me it should fit very nicely with the people who don't care or can afford ultra high res gaming. I'm thinking 1024*768 to 1280*1024 with 2xAA/8xAF across most newer games at or above 60fps should be within reach of this card. If it can oc well and the street price goes to $269 or lower it should sell very well. I'm still buying either the 6800U or 6800GT though (drooling at the thought of gaming at 1600*1200 with AA&AF :)

UclaBob
06-10-04, 12:21 AM
I can't say no to 16 pipes :-p.

Bob

scott123
06-10-04, 12:58 AM
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pkirby11
06-10-04, 01:15 AM
Sounds good. I just ordered my 6800 Ultra from PNY.com @ $499. Hopefully they will be one of the one's starting to ship next week (crazy)

Me too, I think I was one of the first. :) I placed mine on Friday last week. And yeah I hope they start shipping next week. I would be so happy. :clap:

lightman
06-10-04, 02:42 AM
Well, just a quick note for the .eu ones here ;)

Yesterday I was talking with my h/w dealer and he told me that here both x800 and 6800 (U and NU) should be available at the end of next week. Considering that "here" is Italy and that we usually see new cards much later than in USA or CA or UK, that's quite incredible :D

Anyway, since I'm broken, and I have more important things to use my money for (like, e.g. rent and such ;)) I guess I'll stick with my 5700 for the time being. :)

Evildeus
06-10-04, 03:01 AM
Well in France there's already many X800pros and a very limited amount of 6800s (<10?).
I hope that all 6800s (and X800s) will be available in good quantities soon over the world :)

MUYA
06-10-04, 03:25 AM
http://amazoninternational.com/


We have learned that Gainward will ship on the 10th June and so theory 2-3 days later will hit (excluding weekend) the market place. Usual resellers should be stocking these items and include companies like dabs.com, Scan and Ebuyer. The press release reads;

Gainward Co., Ltd., the leading manufacturer of high performance 3D graphics and home entertainment accelerators, announces that with its award-winning Gainward CoolFX PowerPack! Ultra/2600 “Golden Sample”TM Gainward will be first to market with a GeForce 6800 Ultra product priced at € 899. First samples shipped to selected journalists on June 8, first retail products will start shipping to the channel on June 10.

lightman
06-10-04, 03:31 AM
Hrm... The CoolFX is watercooled, right ? At least, I hope so, given the absurd price target... ;)

(for you not in the .eu, 899 euro is about $1.080 .... )

MUYA
06-10-04, 03:35 AM
yeppers thast why the erm ever so extortionate price. :D I dunno if a cpu water block is included with it. For that price..it should be ;)

Draxus
06-10-04, 03:39 AM
I can't fathom how Gainward's modified cards (which i certainly hope they put through some testing and tweaking) are supposedly shipping tomorrow, and yet all the stock cards aren't available yet, and without any real ship day for any brand.... wtf.

MUYA
06-10-04, 03:43 AM
we will have to wait and see if it is indeed true

Mesce
06-10-04, 03:49 AM
Things look like they are coming together. I read a press release on gainwards site they said that they had started shipping them to retailers on the 8th, so i imagine Next week si when we will see some real action. Gainward aren't known to take the p*ss so i imagine it is true.:)

zakelwe
06-10-04, 04:28 AM
Gainward Uk just emailed me to say that they shipped to my UK retailer on the 9th, yesterday, and so it should be with me on Monday

Did I say it would be delivered in JUNE

:D

Regards

Andy

ChrisRay
06-10-04, 05:21 AM
Well this is a breath of fresh air, Finally good to see the products becoming available. Hopefully they wont trickle in. And come in floods. I can dream right? :)

saturnotaku
06-10-04, 07:27 AM
I agree with saturnotaku, even if at worst it's 25% slower then a comparable clocked GT it still should be a strong performer for the mid range crowd. To me it should fit very nicely with the people who don't care or can afford ultra high res gaming. I'm thinking 1024*768 to 1280*1024 with 2xAA/8xAF across most newer games at or above 60fps should be within reach of this card. If it can oc well and the street price goes to $269 or lower it should sell very well. I'm still buying either the 6800U or 6800GT though (drooling at the thought of gaming at 1600*1200 with AA&AF :)

What I'm curious about is just how much the clock speed of the 6800NU will hurt it in comparison to something like the X800 Pro - which also is a 12-pipe card. I know that's a stupid comparison, but maybe in some tests it will be close. Obviously it would have to perform at worst 25% less than that card to justify the price difference. I'm hoping the gap isn't that drastic and this card will end up being the performance bargain. :)

Shamrock
06-10-04, 07:45 AM
Gainward "just so happens" to get the best GPU's , and the fastest, or one of the fastest. Maybe they pay big bucks for the royal treatment?

MUYA
06-10-04, 08:00 AM
Gainward "just so happens" to get the best GPU's , and the fastest, or one of the fastest. Maybe they pay big bucks for the royal treatment?
Hmm they would have to know wouldn't they? ...for them cherry picked cores ;)

EMunEeE
06-10-04, 08:03 AM
What I'm curious about is just how much the clock speed of the 6800NU will hurt it in comparison to something like the X800 Pro - which also is a 12-pipe card. I know that's a stupid comparison, but maybe in some tests it will be close. Obviously it would have to perform at worst 25% less than that card to justify the price difference. I'm hoping the gap isn't that drastic and this card will end up being the performance bargain. :)

It scored 9000+ out of the box (the 6800NU - scores still suspect though). My X800 PRO scored 8477 (4.5 Cats) out of the box and 8900-9000 (4.6 Cats) out of the box. So I'd imagine that with some overclocking it would be a very high performing card for $299. I think in order for ATI to compete they will have to drop the X800 PRO price down to $299 (and refund me $100) or release a lower clock X800 PRO. If they think about 8 pipes in the $299, NVIDIA will own mid range this round.

saturnotaku
06-10-04, 08:13 AM
I'm not interested in 3DMark scores. In '03, any 5900 card I had would score better than a 9800, but the 9800 proved to be better overall in games. So I put no credence into anything Pen0smark offers.

Lezmaka
06-10-04, 08:14 AM
Assuming I can save up enough money and reviews show there isn't anything particularly horrible about it, I think the 6800NU will be my next card. Except at high res + high AA (since the 6800 only has 128MB of ram vs 256 on the 5950), it's faster than a GFFX 5950.

Ufon posted some benchmarks of the 6800 he's doing a review about over at B3D. And the card he got had the wrong BIOS, only had 8 pipes enabled, not 12 and it was still beating a 5950, except for high res + high AA.

GeForce 6800 335/700 MHz 8x1
GeForce FX5950 Ultra 475/950 4x2 (8x0)


===3Dmark03===
6800 - 7 550
FX5950 Ultra - 6 590

===Aquamark3===
6800 - 46 700
FX5950 Ultra - 44 700

===UT2004===
---@1024x768
6800 - 132 fps
FX5950 Ultra - 127 fps
---@1600x1200
6800 - 85,9fps
FX5950 Ultra - 83,1 fps
---@1024x768, 4xAA, 8xAF
6800 - 109 fps
FX5950 Ultra - 91,4 fps
---@1600x1200, 4xAA, 8xAF
6800 - 38,3 fps
FX5950 Ultra - 50,3 fps

===FarCry===
---@1024x768
6800 - 60 fps
FX5950 Ultra - 61,1 fps
---@1600x1200
6800 - 30,3 fps
FX5950 Ultra - 31,2 fps
---@1024x768, 8xAF
6800 - 41,5 fps
FX5950 Ultra - 40,5 fps
---@1600x1200, 8xAF
6800 - 18,2 fps
FX5950 Ultra - 21,1 fps

But FX5950 does much better anisotropic filtering ....

Here's some benchmarks he posted showing the difference between the 2 BIOS versions

I flashed BIOS v2.0 (30/05/2004) from Leadtek.

Core clock is slightly lower (325/700 instead 335/700), but it seems, there're now full 12 pipelines:

=== 3DMark2003 ===
6800 @335/700 bios 1.0 - 7 565
6800 @325/700 bios 2.0 - 8 978

Fill-rate (single-texturing) 2 392 MTexel/s
Fill-rate (multi-texturing) 3 083 Mtexel/s

=== GL_EXT_reme ===
Fillrate:
---------
Pixel fillrate: 3656.98 MegaPixels / s
Texel fillrate: 3734.89 MegaTexels / s

=== Far Cry ===
---1024x768, 8x Aniso
6800 @335/700 bios 1.0 - 41,7 fps
6800 @325/700 bios 2.0 - 52,6 fps
---1600x1200, 8x Aniso
6800 @335/700 bios 1.0 - 18,2 fps
6800 @325/700 bios 2.0 - 21,4 fps

=== D3D VillageMark ===
---1024x768x16
6800 @335/700 bios 1.0 - 218 fps
6800 @325/700 bios 2.0 - 303 fps