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Baracade980
11-10-04, 08:05 PM
Hey guys! I might be getting a new graphics card soon and I'd really like to know... what are the major differences between the new 6600 series and 6800. Also, whats the equivilant ATI card to these two series by nVidia?

I have an HP 2.2ghz Athlon XP processor with 1028mb RAM and am currently running with a GeForce MX 440 with 64mb in my AGP 8x slot. I really appreciate your comments on this.

theultimo
11-10-04, 08:22 PM
I'd personally get a 6800NU or GT. These cards seem to be the best bang w/XP's that i've seen, considering 6600 AGP isn't out yet.

Pantherman
11-11-04, 10:05 PM
The 6600 series is a scaled-down version of the 6800 series. The 6600 uses a 128MB memory interface vs. the 256MB interface used in the 6800s. Also there are only 8 pipelines in the 6600 vs. the 16 pipelines found in the 6800 GT and Ultra. the 6800 nu has 12 pipelines and 5 vertex shaders. The 6600 is the mid-range version of the 6-series GPUs. I would look at the 6600 GT as it is just about as fast as a 6800 nu. This due to its high clock speeds.

anzak
11-11-04, 10:19 PM
The 6600 series is a scaled-down version of the 6800 series. The 6600 uses a 128MB memory interface vs. the 256MB interface used in the 6800s. Also there are only 8 pipelines in the 6600 vs. the 16 pipelines found in the 6800 GT and Ultra. the 6800 nu has 12 pipelines and 5 vertex shaders. The 6600 is the mid-range version of the 6-series GPUs. I would look at the 6600 GT as it is just about as fast as a 6800 nu. This due to its high clock speeds.

The 6600 series has a 128bit memory interface which is it's biggest downside. When the card runs out of bandwidth (because the 128bit interface does not provide the GPU with the instructions or bandwidth that is needed at higher resolutions) it falls on it's face. I would recommend a 6800 or 6800GT which cost $280 and $380 respectively.

ATI does have the X800 pro which cost about the same as the 6800GT but only has 12 pixel pipelines and less memory bandwidth so it falls a little short. ATI does not have a card in the $300 price range to compete with the 6800.

At the end of the day, if you can afford a 6800GT ($380 - $400) get it. With 256mb of memory and SM3.0 support its a future proof card that will last you for years to come (not that the Athlon XP will :cry: ).

bkswaney
11-12-04, 01:44 AM
6800 all the way man.
A 6800 non ultra will do a nice job.
The 6600 is just to limited. It kinda reminds
me of the 5800u a little. ;)

Slyder
11-12-04, 01:50 AM
Depends on your budget to be honest. If you can justify and afford to buy a 6800, then I would recommend one but if you dont play many games on a hardcore gamers level or a 6800 would just break the bank a little then I would suggest wait for the 6600 as these will serve you just as well.

Im not to sure about what the ATI range has to offer but I would expect they are on par with Nvidia.