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Shoal07
01-10-05, 01:06 PM
I have a choice between these 3 cards. Are there any known issues with any of these 3 manf? I have a BFG 5900 FX right now and haven't had many issues with it (possible heat crashes/lock ups). My main concern is Everquest 2 because I know some 6800 series cards have had stuttering issues. I am also concerned about heat. Any of these cards have exception heat mitigation? Any have issues with EQ2 that you know of? Any just steller?

|MaguS|
01-10-05, 01:08 PM
I have a PNY 6800GT and had no issues thus far.

Shoal07
01-10-05, 01:11 PM
430/1100. Is that to be expect of a PNY card? Is that stock cooling? Do anything special to clock it at that speed?

Sorry for all the questions. It's a pricy choice no matter how much cash you have and I feel better after a few answers from pros.

Roliath
01-10-05, 02:09 PM
i too have a PNY 6800GT, and can reach a STABLE (in games, and benches) overclock of 430/1150. Stock cooling, with a Vantec Spectrum Fan Card, underneath (doesn't really help much though).

aAv7
01-10-05, 02:12 PM
I'd stay away from BFG all together personally. I have the Evga version, never oc'd it, so I cant tell u how high it goes, but it runs great. PNY makes a damn good card. People bash them left and right but some of the best oc's can be had on their cards, I had a 5900 non ultra from pny that was able to oc past ultra speeds on stock cooling. Evga or Pny, bfg killed themselves with the new dual fan cooling solution which from what i've read makes the card 10C hotter than the previous cooling solution they had...I have no idea why they switched...maybe cost?

test
01-10-05, 02:17 PM
BFG by far is the best graphics card brand there is. All their cards come stable OC'd as is, and they are all backed by a lifetime warranty, how much more can you ask for? If for whatever reason you don't go BFG, go eVGA.

Roliath
01-10-05, 02:25 PM
i had a BFG 5900XT OC, and was only able to overclock it to 490/790 (max), other makers of the same card (mainly Gainward) were able to reach 500+ on the core, and 900+ on the mem. With that being said, no one can beat BFG's lifetime warranty and comes overclocked out of the box, with a warranty I might add.
BFG's dual fan cooling does suck (imo), the reference hsf is way better!

NemesisChild
01-10-05, 02:58 PM
i had a BFG 5900XT OC, and was only able to overclock it to 490/790 (max), other makers of the same card (mainly Gainward) were able to reach 500+ on the core, and 900+ on the mem. With that being said, no one can beat BFG's lifetime warranty and comes overclocked out of the box, with a warranty I might add.
BFG's dual fan cooling does suck (imo), the reference hsf is way better!

I have a PNY FX5900 on another rig and have never had a problem with it. My BFG 6800GT OC came with the dual cooling fan design. As mentioned in this thread (and elsewhere), IMO, the dual cooling design doesn't do an adequate job of cooling. I replaced it with an NV5 and it's running at 65c under load. If you don't want to add an NV5, I would go with the BFG 6800GT OC reference design (single fan cooling). You can't beat BFG's lifetime warranty. PNY makes a fine 6800GT as well, but it only has a three year warranty.

grimreefer
01-10-05, 07:20 PM
i prefered the dual fan cooling to the reference cooling. the reference cooler is a piece of crap, a tiny piece of aluminum adjacent from a fan, wow bid geal. I would rater have heatpipes, copper, and dual fans. I think the temp readings are just inaccurate. (The leadtek cooler was also said to be worse than reference, but that cooler is badass!)

ChrisRay
01-10-05, 07:34 PM
My PNY does 400/1.1 with no issues.

bkswaney
01-10-05, 07:36 PM
BFG all the way baby!

Fahim
01-10-05, 09:12 PM
BFG OC if you don't overclock. Otherwise go for PNY. Also lifetime warranty means you can claim warranty during the product lifetime. When production of 6800GT discontinued, i think warranty will also.

anzak
01-10-05, 11:00 PM
Negative. Lifetime warranty means just like, lifetime. Should the card fail 5 years from now, they will replace it with a new card of similar value. There are MANY reports of people sending off their busted BFG GeForce FX cards and recieving shiny new 6800's in exchange.

Yes, PNY was the company that had a (on-the-shelf) lifetime warranty. Thankfully they replaced it with a 3 year warranty which is much longer.

My BFG GT did 420/1.2 before it died.

|MaguS|
01-10-05, 11:30 PM
430/1100. Is that to be expect of a PNY card? Is that stock cooling? Do anything special to clock it at that speed?

Sorry for all the questions. It's a pricy choice no matter how much cash you have and I feel better after a few answers from pros.

No, Im using the NV5 to cool it currently. Prior to it, I was able to achieve a 240/1100 clock. I can go higher in the memory but I crash every now and then. I do not know if this is an issue with my motherboard though since it has crappy stability aswell and forces me to run in 4xAGP.

Can't wait till my new CPU arrives and I can use my Neo2 sitting on the floor here...

Mavke
01-11-05, 05:55 AM
Well I have a PNY GeForce 6800GT AGP and it does easily the 6800 Ultra speeds. Also BFG cards are very good.

ChrisRay
01-11-05, 06:14 AM
I dont see what everyones got against PNY. They have been Nvidias most trusted board partner (For desktop and Quadro lineup) For a long time now. Thats for good reason too.

Shoal07
01-11-05, 07:55 AM
So, it sounds like PNY is a still a good card manuf. I have heard ups and down about BFG. Actually, I think my 5900 FX is starting to go (starting to get alot of Blue screens, especially on shutdown which is wierd, and WinXP is saying it's due to the vid card). So, if they have a lifetime warrenty, what do I do to get it replaced? If I cant flat out RMA it sounds like I'm looking at PNY. Personally, if I get 400/1k (ultra speed, right?) out of it that's enough OC for me.

Shoal07
01-11-05, 08:14 AM
Well, I just called BFG Tech support. They'll replace my 5900 FX, but not upgrade it. It was a nice try though...

KickAssCop
01-11-05, 09:48 AM
eVGA 6800 GT! Awesome card and came with Doom 3 too. Too bad I sold it off today.. :cry:

NemesisChild
01-11-05, 07:33 PM
eVGA 6800 GT! Awesome card and came with Doom 3 too. Too bad I sold it off today.. :cry:


Man, I feel your pain!!!
I don't know what I would do w/o my 6800GT.
Probably drink heavily for a week straight and then buy it back.

XP_GUN
01-11-05, 08:23 PM
I have a EVGA gt and can get it to 420/1170 :D Also I would look at BFG.

chewedtoothpick
01-12-05, 12:34 AM
I have a BFG GF6800 OC and I am totally in love with it. I can play HL2 at 1600x1200 highest settings all around, smoothly on a quite lackluster system...

Shoal07
01-12-05, 11:53 AM
Ok, just bought a 6800 GT 256 OC last night to replace the 5900. After I RMA that 5900 it will go in the wife's rig. And.... um... This card rocks!

Pandora's Box
01-12-05, 12:07 PM
change your sig mate.


oh and a bit offtopic: will be ordering a 6800 ultra within the next week. :D

Roliath
01-12-05, 01:52 PM
he just got it last nite! He's prolly playing games, and basking in the glory that is known as the 6800GT!