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himura_drew
07-19-05, 06:33 AM
Hi guys!!

Here's my current dilema: I want to do a videocard upgrade that will last me around a year and a half (2 years at most). This will be my last upgrade for my current rig as I plan to upgrade to a PCI-Express based platform by then.

Since my rig isn't what you'd call very fast (specs in my sig), I'm planning to get a videocard that isn't exactly high-end (since I'd be quite bottlenecked, especially by my CPU). After checking local prices here in my country, here are the cards that pretty much fit my budget:

Inno 3D 6800NU 128mb DDR - 12x1, 5vp fully unlockable to 16x1, 6vp (stable @ 400/880)
Powercolor X800 Pro 256mb DDR-3

Both cards cost roughly US$270. My question is that which of the 2 cards would be ideal for my current setup and much more future-proof. I was thinking of going with the 6800NU since it's fully unlockable (it's tested by the seller already), but it seems that a 256mb card has much more headroom. Can anyone give some suggestions ?

Thanks!! :)

PS. Is Shader Model 3.0 really that big of an issue in upcoming games?

zoomy942
07-19-05, 07:08 AM
i would do the 6800. it has more advanced features over the x800, and its unlockable.

i just changed my machine from an agp6800gt to an SLI 6600GT, and games look great. so with a card more powerful than my setup, the 6800 you are looking at wil work fine

himura_drew
07-19-05, 10:37 AM
Thanks for the reply guys. :)

Won't the 6800nu be hobbled a bit because it's only got 128mb versus the x800 pro's 256mb? I was actually leaning towards the 6800nu because it incorporates Shader Model 3.0 (actually, I've only got one game that utilizes sm3.0 and that's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, which is quite an awesome game and runs fairly well on my rig). Anyways, do you guys think that SM3.0 is a big deal with upcoming games? From what I've heard even F.E.A.R. which totally thrashes even the latest high-end cards uses only sm2.0...

hazindu
07-19-05, 11:25 AM
In your situation, I'd really try to stretch for a x800xl or wait for a special deal like the $300 radeon x800 xt all in wonders that pop up every once in a while. Out of the two choices you listed, I'd go with the x800pro, it has more fillrate, memory bandwidth, and frame buffer.

himura_drew
07-23-05, 10:15 AM
finally gave in and bought an x800 pro with a zalman vga cooler plus ram sinks for around US$170. Even at stock, it's a pretty fast card and now I'm able to play Doom 3 at 1024x768 High Quality with 8xAF even with my lowly Xp2400+. I've been able to clock it at 530/510 and right now, I'm testing both half-life 2 and Doom 3 at those speeds to see if it stays stable.

zoomy942
07-23-05, 04:15 PM
finally gave in and bought an x800 pro with a zalman vga cooler plus ram sinks for around US$170. Even at stock, it's a pretty fast card and now I'm able to play Doom 3 at 1024x768 High Quality with 8xAF even with my lowly Xp2400+. I've been able to clock it at 530/510 and right now, I'm testing both half-life 2 and Doom 3 at those speeds to see if it stays stable.


good choice. enjoy your gaming goodness :)