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Maverickman
03-25-05, 07:52 PM
A friend of mine has a P4 3.06GHz CPU and was asking if it was worth putting a 6800 GT in it. He's currently using a 5900 nu. I advised him that he would definitely see a good increase in performance, but I didn't know if it would be worth it considering his less-than-stellar CPU. He's still running on the old 533MHz bus. Anyone know if this old system can get enough out of the 6800 GT?

SH64
03-25-05, 08:36 PM
Yep i think he would get some good performance increase even with that CPU .

NemesisChild
03-25-05, 09:16 PM
A friend of mine has a P4 3.06GHz CPU and was asking if it was worth putting a 6800 GT in it. He's currently using a 5900 nu. I advised him that he would definitely see a good increase in performance, but I didn't know if it would be worth it considering his less-than-stellar CPU. He's still running on the old 533MHz bus. Anyone know if this old system can get enough out of the 6800 GT?

Maverickman, you may want to change the P4 info in your sig.
You indicate that your 3.0C is OC'ed at 3.0 GHz (same as stock?).

I went from a FX5900 to a 6800GT in my rig and noticed a marked improvement.
However, I'm have a 800 FSB, and over 2.0GB of PC3200 RAM.
The FSB is the interface between memory in RAM and the CPU.
If he has decent memory, it will help maximize his 533 FSB.
I would think he would benefit with a GT, even with a 533MHz FSB.
Another benefit of the GT is 256MB (DDR3 memory) vs. 128 DDR with the 5900.
Also, improved graphics with the GT (3.0 SM vs. 2.0 with the 5900).

saturnotaku
03-25-05, 09:25 PM
Maverickman, you may want to change the P4 info in your sig.
You indicate that your 3.0C is OC'ed at 3.0 GHz (same as stock?).

His signature makes no overclocking implication whatsoever. His 3.0C is at 3.0 GHz. He needn't change anything.

NemesisChild
03-25-05, 09:28 PM
His signature makes no overclocking implication whatsoever. His 3.0C is at 3.0 GHz. He needn't change anything.

Your right, sorry for the confusion!
I saw the @ and initially assumed that he was referring to an OC CPU.
I'm tired and I should be in bed (sleeping of course). :D

Hawk7seven7
03-25-05, 09:37 PM
A friend of mine has a P4 3.06GHz CPU and was asking if it was worth putting a 6800 GT in it. He's currently using a 5900 nu. I advised him that he would definitely see a good increase in performance, but I didn't know if it would be worth it considering his less-than-stellar CPU. He's still running on the old 533MHz bus. Anyone know if this old system can get enough out of the 6800 GT?

As a matter of fact it is worth it. My friend has the exact same PC as your friend, a 3.06 P4 533fsp and 1 gig Rambus memory. He just upgraded from a Geforce 5950 Ultra to the Geforce 6800 Ultra. Games like Doom 3 and Half Life 2 have shown a very significant performance incrase, very noticable. Flight Sim 2004 has also shown nice performance imrpovments as well. Though more CPU centric games like Lock On Modern Air Combat have an improvment as well, though not as significant because they don't take advantage as much of the GPU as they could. It's definatly a good upgrade, and untill 3/31/05 you can pick up the GeForce 6800 Ultra BFG for $399 (after $50 mail in rebate) from Tiger Direct, here's the direct link http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1213309&CatId=935

Hawk7seven7
03-25-05, 09:39 PM
A friend of mine has a P4 3.06GHz CPU and was asking if it was worth putting a 6800 GT in it. He's currently using a 5900 nu. I advised him that he would definitely see a good increase in performance, but I didn't know if it would be worth it considering his less-than-stellar CPU. He's still running on the old 533MHz bus. Anyone know if this old system can get enough out of the 6800 GT?

One other thing, not only will he get a performance gain on his older machine with any 6800 series card. The graphic visuals will be noticably better as well. Just thought i'd throw that in there.

PikachuMan
03-25-05, 09:46 PM
Having made a similar change (9700p to a 6800gt on my P4 3.06Ghz), it is a very large upgrade :) .

New stuff like FarCry and Doom 3 look immensely better. On Farcry, going from medium/high details to maxed out everything, HDR was pretty insane :D. The visuals on Chronicles of Riddick, Half life 2, Halo Combat evolved are all really impressive as well.

A few games don't have as much a benefit though, UT2003 and NFSU1 still give around the same framerate, and detail level was already pretty much maxed out anyway.

mustrum
03-26-05, 03:06 AM
Defiantly worth it. I had a 6800Gt in a AMD Barton 2500+ @ 2.45ghz System wich should be only slightly faster than that P4 CPU and it ran quite well.

Maverickman
03-26-05, 09:51 AM
Thanks everyone! I'll tell him to go ahead and get the card. If he wants to spend the $$$, it will be worth the upgrade over the 5900. I know that HL2 won't even run in DX 9.0 with a 5900, and he loves the game. It'll be a new experience.

dichamw
03-27-05, 09:26 AM
My Dell 8250 (Pentium 4 3.06GHz/1GB Rambus) ) with a PNY 6800 GT/wSilencer and upgraded PC Power&Cooling 425 Dell Deluxe Power Supply really kicks. Runs all games without any problems. (Doom3/FARCRY/MOH/Painkiller/BIA/hALO/HALF-LIFE2/Silent Hunter3). Great and better graphics.

JoKeRr
03-28-05, 01:31 PM
a 3.06ghz p4 with HT performs silmilar to a 2.8Ghz 800fsb HT enabled P4, it's still no slaugch.

Buenamos
03-28-05, 02:11 PM
My computer b4 this was a P4 2.8 @ 3.2 and I went from a 9800 pro to a x800xt pe and I saw a huge performance increase. But then, I kept the exact same memory as I have now and I upgraded the mobo and cpu to AMD64 and I saw an even bigger increase. I couldn't believe it. Just let him know that there will be a speed increase, but he'll be cpu limited.

Reliant
03-28-05, 02:38 PM
I have the same processor with a 6800@ Ultra and it made a big difference over my 9800 Pro.

Kickus_assius
03-29-05, 01:17 PM
I wouldn't replace the cpu just yet. The 6800 series is only bogged down by that cpu by 10-15 FPS at most but you will still be over 100 FPS in most games with 4XAA.

MustangSVT
03-29-05, 01:32 PM
If he wants even more speed, you could just help him get a good cooler like a Zalman 7000 or Thermalright XP-90 with 92mm fan and oc that 3.06 to like 3.3-3.4 on stock voltage.