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zub
02-01-05, 01:52 PM
i would really appreciate it if someone could really help me out on this one, as i want to purchase one today.

is the gainward 'golden sample' 6800gt worht the extra 30 pounds or so? i know it overclocks better but i wanted to know if the galaxy glacier 6800gt could match as it is cheaper, how good is the msi 6800gt?

really appreciate any help guys.

P.S.-anybody know of any cheap UK sites to purchase a 6800gt from? i've checked:
Komplett.co.uk
overclockers.co.uk
overclock.co.uk
ebuyer.com
tekheads.co.uk
aria.co.uk

zub
02-01-05, 01:57 PM
ok, my baad, i just read the thread lower down, oops, anyway can anyone help on the cheapest site?

AthlonXP1800
02-01-05, 10:01 PM
Komplett.co.uk (In Stock) 315.01 + 6 delivery = 321.01
overclockers.co.uk (In Stock) 340.69 + 8.25 delivery = 348.94
overclock.co.uk (Not Available)
ebuyer.com (In Stock) 349.29 + 5.87 delivery = 355.16
tekheads.co.uk (In Stock) 334.49 + 7.34 delivery = 341.83
aria.co.uk (Out of Stock) 310.82 + 8.17 delivery = 318.99

The cheapest is Aria but it out of stock, the next cheapest is Komplett but still it not the cheapest ever. Alternative to Gainward is BFG Geforce 6800 GT OC 256Mb which I got brand new for 223 on Ebay imported 2 weeks ago from USA. :)

$n][pErMan
02-02-05, 12:54 AM
I got the card while it was still offered in the US .. and I must say .. get it!!! Its badass!! :D

TeaEtchSee
02-02-05, 08:52 PM
LeadTek a400gt www.buyxg.com $365 w/free shipping..

this card is quiet and cool...OC's nice too

MustangSVT
02-02-05, 09:40 PM
I got a 6800GT GS while it was still around in Canada for the same price as regular 6800GT and it was well worth the money. Not sure if worth the extra 30 pounds though. I suggest going with a Leadtek 6800GT or MSI 6800GT for around 270 pounds from Overclockers.co.uk.

toxikneedle
02-02-05, 09:51 PM
All I have to say that Gainward Golden Sample cards are by far the best, if you still have em in UK and Canada, you should be damn lucky. I missed an opportunity to buy my 6800 and had to look for a gainward for like 2 months until I found it and bought it and I love it. I do have to say, you can't be one of those sensetive ears person if you get the double slot card, they do get a bit noisy but it never bothers me.

Pandora's Box
02-03-05, 10:29 AM
i wouldnt get a gainward if you live in the united states. word is they are pulling out of the USA market.

superklye
02-03-05, 11:13 AM
The Golden Sample cards run at 425/1200, right?

toxikneedle
02-03-05, 11:45 AM
i wouldnt get a gainward if you live in the united states. word is they are pulling out of the USA market.

I dunno where you find one in the US but whatever.... anyways this guy is in england as far as I can tell so it dont matter for him.

$n][pErMan
02-03-05, 02:36 PM
The Golden Sample cards run at 425/1200, right?
Stock 6800GT "golden sample" runs at 400mhz/1100mhz. Although I had mine at 427mhz/1250mhz and it was prefectly stable and not that much hotter.... but I took it back down because the warrenty = a good thing and it still works perfect at it.

i wouldnt get a gainward if you live in the united states. word is they are pulling out of the USA market.
I would if you can find one!!! Its by far the best video card I have ever bought. Reguardless if they pulled out of the US. Plus... I think legally they still have to supoort the product even though they pulled out. They better anyway... got mine back in sept. for $422... the next week everyone was sold out and I had never seen them again :p

Burnt_Ram
02-03-05, 03:11 PM
no complaints here :cool:

Danhill
02-04-05, 03:30 AM
The Gainward is nice card, I run my GT at 420/1200 every day with the fans at only 70% in 3D mode and 50 in 2D mode and never ever had a problem.

CaptNKILL
02-04-05, 10:09 AM
Id really recommend the Gainward Golden Sample cards.

My brothers 6800 GT Golden Sample has been running at 445\1120 stable for about 6 months now. Thats an awesome OC for a 6800 GT. Mine only ever got as high as 415\1150 and when HL2 and COR came out I had to start turning the overclocks down because of some artifacting.

bomberbrown
02-04-05, 10:52 AM
The gainward GS is a top card had one since October bought from Komplet.

Would recommend it to anyone looking to get a 6800gt in the UK

Knot3D
02-04-05, 11:01 AM
I'm in the Netherlands and I have a golden sample GT too. Very recommended !

When I'm not gaming I have it down to 350/1000 and 60% fan speeds. at boot it runs 38 degrees celcius cool. :cool:

The update news is that the Gainward brand is being bought by USA based Palit technologies. So, it might be allright after all with the warranty issue and such.

blueworm
02-04-05, 11:58 AM
There was a rumor that Gainward golden sample 6800GT had 1.6ns GDDR3 memory that could do 1200mhz no worries.
This is not true or at least mine has only the 2.0ns GDDR3 which is rated at 1100mhz.
Very good card.

Knot3D
02-04-05, 12:42 PM
my 'normal' golden sample GT has 2.0ns memory

there's indeed also the GLH (GoesLikeHell) golden sample GT which has the 1.6ns memory.

$n][pErMan
02-04-05, 06:43 PM
There was a rumor that Gainward golden sample 6800GT had 1.6ns GDDR3 memory that could do 1200mhz no worries.
I had mine up to 1250mhz stable (I took it back down tho as I like the warrenty). COolbits acctually set its optimal level for the memory at 1300mhz!! But I figured that was to high so I bumped it down for testing purposes :p

toxikneedle
02-04-05, 07:26 PM
jesus 1300mhz, you are one lucky popsicle.

my room is too hot so my gainward isnt a big overclocker althought i know it has much potential because it never crashes or artifacts with unlocked pipes.

Burnt_Ram
02-05-05, 09:50 AM
[pErMan']I had mine up to 1250mhz stable (I took it back down tho as I like the warrenty). COolbits acctually set its optimal level for the memory at 1300mhz!! But I figured that was to high so I bumped it down for testing purposes :p
i too have had my memory up that high: 1248 mhz to be exact .. but i too keep it lower. no real need to push the card THAT hard ;)

TeaEtchSee
02-05-05, 10:08 AM
what is the reccommended PSU count on a Golden Sample thats OC'ed?

Burnt_Ram
02-05-05, 10:16 AM
what is the reccommended PSU count on a Golden Sample thats OC'ed?
ive found that the more you have on the 12v rail the better. i have an Antec 480w true power, with 30 amps on the 12v rail. it wont allow me to do the overclock you see in my sig. my Enermax EG651P EPS power supply with 36 amps on the 12v rail WILL ! draw you own conclusion. however both my rigs have the same CPU overclocked the same, and that takes a big bite out of the PS aswell ! now if your not oc'ing the cpu too, i bet you could get away with less of a power supply, but i see your cpu is oc'ed .... IMHO i would not touch a PS that has less than 30a on the 12v rail.

$n][pErMan
02-05-05, 12:51 PM
ive found that the more you have on the 12v rail the better. i have an Antec 480w true power, with 30 amps on the 12v rail. it wont allow me to do the overclock you see in my sig. my Enermax EG651P EPS power supply with 36 amps on the 12v rail WILL ! draw you own conclusion. however both my rigs have the same CPU overclocked the same, and that takes a big bite out of the PS aswell ! now if your not oc'ing the cpu too, i bet you could get away with less of a power supply, but i see your cpu is oc'ed .... IMHO i would not touch a PS that has less than 30a on the 12v rail.
Check my sig ... im only using a 400watt PS with 18A on the 12v rail and the card has 0 issues even OC'ed. Strange.

i too have had my memory up that high: 1248 mhz to be exact .. but i too keep it lower. no real need to push the card THAT hard
Ya .. I just run it at ultra speeds that it came set with by defualt 400/1100. The card is so badass its not worth risking frying it... expecially when you cant get them in the US anymore ;)

TacT
02-05-05, 01:03 PM
[pErMan']Check my sig ... im only using a 400watt PS with 18A on the 12v rail and the card has 0 issues even OC'ed. Strange.


Ya .. I just run it at ultra speeds that it came set with by defualt 400/1100. The card is so badass its not worth risking frying it... expecially when you cant get them in the US anymore ;)

FWIW my old Antec TB with 22A on the +12V rail would only let me oc a bit before becoming unstable (cpu and gfx), when I replaced it with an enermax with 36A on the +12V rail it no longer suffered this problem. You're only running an xp based chip too, an A64 motherboard would have you putting more strain on the +12v rail of your psu and put more of a strain on the system and possibly cause it to crap out -- you don't have an unusual amount of devices connected either that would draw that much power and cause there to be a lack of it.