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EvanAsh8
08-11-04, 05:49 PM
2.66 gHz Pentium 4
1 GB RAM
currently running GeForce FX 5200

I don't game a lot on my PC but I'd like something that will have good performance on the modern games. I will be running at 1024 x 768. I was wondering if I should get the 6800 or the 6800 GT which would be a viable card for a longer time. Also, will my CPU limit my performance greatly on Doom 3?

aAv7
08-11-04, 06:00 PM
Even a 3800+ is cpu limited with high-end cards. It will take a 4000/4200+ to finally make the system gpu limited. So yes, you'll be cpu limited, but you'll still get great gains. If your not a HUGE gamer and dont plan on playing any higher than 1024X768 I suggest the 6800 non-ultra. There currently in stock @ www.evga.com get one while they last. A GT would be $100 more and overkill for you, plus there next to impossible to find right now-especially at a rational price. Seeing as you have a 5200 I say grab the 6800- you'll notice HUGE improvements over what you have now and will be set for a while.

Clay
08-11-04, 06:05 PM
I would echo what ultimate17 said. One other thing to consider is that NVIDIA will be announcing their new mainstream product line this week. Initially, however, they will be PCI Express only with AGP following later. So, unless you want to wait a couple of months I would go with the 6800nu as well based on your stated needs.

EvanAsh8
08-11-04, 06:46 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. What board maufacturers make the best 6800 in your opinion?

kraigc
08-11-04, 06:48 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. What board maufacturers make the best 6800 in your opinion?

BFG!!!

aAv7
08-11-04, 06:50 PM
with the limited availability they have on these cards, I;d honestly settle for any card you could find, regardless of the company.

EvanAsh8
08-11-04, 09:08 PM
What about the Chaintech? OC'd out of the box like the BFG. Saw prices under 300.

BYUNews
08-11-04, 09:41 PM
EVGA is nice. The EVGA 6800NU comes with Far Cry, and mine overclocked from 325/700 to 400/850 (!!).

Clay
08-11-04, 10:37 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. What board maufacturers make the best 6800 in your opinion?
For now, all of the boards are based exactly off of the NVIDIA reference design. So, you're essentially getting identical boards regardless of the IHV. Some do "pick out" better cores/memory (i.e. Gainward) but for the biggest difference usually comes in the way of game/software bundle and tech support/warranty.

Warden13
08-12-04, 07:53 AM
I think people tend to forget about Evga for some reason. If I'm not mistaken they make all of the reference boards for Nvidia. They make an excellent card and have a "Step Up" program that allows you to trade your card in. So if you by a 6800 nu from them and 2 months later decide you should have gotten the GT then you can trade up to it. Not a bad deal :)

Warden

EvanAsh8
08-12-04, 06:08 PM
Now that I've read about the 6600GT I'm undecided again. I mean the 6800 has more pipelines, but the 6600GT has the GDDR3 memory. They will be about equal in performance right? Also has anyone heard of plans to bundle Doom 3 with a video card? I assume it will be bundled with an nVidia card at some point or another.

ynnek
08-12-04, 06:43 PM
I have a 2.6HT, 800 Mhz FSB, 1.5 gigs of ram and a BFG 6800GT at a 410 OC.. This is all in a Dell 8300, so nothing fancy... Replaced the PSU with a PC&C 425 Delux, and the case/cpu fan is of hi flow dell part.

If I remmeber correctl,y I get a 55 fps avg on D3 1024 HIgh, on demo1... Vsync on. I think I saw max of 80 fps, and min of about 25 fps.

Playing the actual game, just walking around I'm at the 60 fps ingame limiter. When a bunch of enemies come on the screen, it usually dips to about 30's.. the lowest I seen it go down to was about 25 fps or so.. This is with VSYNC ON.. So I play D3 just fine single player.

FarCry was like that too.. some places I got 80's.. heavy outdoor fighting may drop it down to mid 20's..

UT2k4, It seemed I was more CPU limited in huge games, cause the MIN frames I'd get would be around 30 on big games, and didn't really change much if I fiddled with the settings..

I plan on getting a 3.4 Northwood, maybe by winter.. Figure should boost my FPS by around 20% on the min CPU limited end..

Then this computer would have to survive for a few years before the next total upgrade cycle.... Dual Core CPU + SLI? ;)

Chiggs
08-12-04, 07:46 PM
I would go for the 6800 GT.

fineday
08-13-04, 01:33 AM
可以考虑6600GT啊~
You can think about 6600GT

ChrisRay
08-13-04, 01:44 AM
Now that I've read about the 6600GT I'm undecided again. I mean the 6800 has more pipelines, but the 6600GT has the GDDR3 memory. They will be about equal in performance right? Also has anyone heard of plans to bundle Doom 3 with a video card? I assume it will be bundled with an nVidia card at some point or another.



6800NU has 5 vertex shaders, and 22.3 gigs of bandwith

6600 GT has 16.3 gigs of bandwith and 3 vertex shaders.

Similar fillrate on both

odin20
08-13-04, 01:57 AM
if you play doom3 at 1280*1024 and 4xaa and 16 xaf you are gpu bound trust me.