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SLippe
10-06-05, 09:22 AM
These are pretty much my 3 choices within my budget range. I am just not sure how the 6600 128mb cards compare to the 6200 256mb cards. Your opinions please.

SLippe
10-06-05, 10:14 AM
I forgot to add this question to the mix. What kind of performance difference will I see from my old 256MB 5950 Ultra?

jAkUp
10-06-05, 10:27 AM
Well, its gonna be a mixed bag. DX9 games will definetely play much faster, and allow you to choose higher graphics options... since developers pretty much nerfed DX9 features on the 5XX series.

You would be better off with a 6800NU. Those can be had for a little under 200 bucks. 256bit memory bandwith.

Strahd
10-06-05, 10:30 AM
Out of the 3 cards you have listed, the 6600GT is the best choice. Since all 3 of those cards are 128bit, IMO you will gain more from the better GPU on the 6600GT then the extra memory on the 6200.

I agree with Jak, if you can save up the little extra, get a 6800. It's definetly the better choice price for performance!

Kev1
10-06-05, 10:40 AM
Out of those choices the 6600GT OC is best one.

As for performance increase over a GFFX 5950, it will be a big one, even with 128 megs less ram and 128 bit bus. Newer games will benefit most.

I had a 5900NU flashed to a 5950 and scored 1200+ in 3D Mark 05. Now Im running a MSI 6600GT, overclocked to 585 core, 1100 memory, and I score over 4100 in the same benchmark. I'm sure my A64 and NForce4 motherboard help that score, since with the 5900 I ran an NForce2 mobo (MSI K7N2-L) and a AXP 2600+ cpu.

Even if your running an AXP 2500 on an NForce2, you'll still see a nice increase in performance by getting the 6600GT OC. Plus you won't go broke :)

Oh, and if you could find a 6800 or 6800 GT for a similar price then they would be the ones to go with as they would perform even better as Jakup noted.

I'm very happy with my 6600GT. One of the best cards I've ever owned. Kinda like my GF3 :thumbsup:

SLippe
10-06-05, 10:53 AM
Okay, I'm searching local retailers right now for a vanilla 6800 and I am not having any luck. I have found a couple on eBay, however.

Strahd
10-06-05, 10:55 AM
I use www.pricewatch.com to search for prices. Try it

SLippe
10-06-05, 11:06 AM
Oh yeah, forgot about that site. I used to use it all the time. LOL Anyways, found a better price thru BFG's website than I did on PriceWatch. Check it out... http://www.chumbo.com/Info.aspx?id=221191

Slyder
10-06-05, 11:42 AM
So what's it gonna be Grunty :D .... stop keeping us in suspense...

SH64
10-06-05, 11:42 AM
Hmm the poll is like DUH! the 6600 GT OC 128MB of course!

SLippe
10-06-05, 12:42 PM
Hmm the poll is like DUH! the 6600 GT OC 128MB of course!
Yeah, after I posted it, I thought that to myself. I'm currently lookin' at either the 6600 GT at a local store or the 6800 OC from online.

SLippe
10-06-05, 01:01 PM
Alright, well, I have gone with the 6800 OC from Chumbo.com. Even with Overnight Priority shipping, it was cheaper than the 6600 GT at a local store here in town. So, I'll have my 6800 OC by tomorrow morning before 10:30 a.m. Woohoo!

Strahd
10-06-05, 01:10 PM
Good choice man! Enjoy the new card :)

jAkUp
10-06-05, 01:43 PM
Nice :D That should be a worthy upgrade over a 5950 in D3D Games.

SH64
10-06-05, 02:49 PM
Yep the 6800 is a nice choice among what you thought of.

Slyder
10-06-05, 04:36 PM
Alright, well, I have gone with the 6800 OC from Chumbo.com. Even with Overnight Priority shipping, it was cheaper than the 6600 GT at a local store here in town. So, I'll have my 6800 OC by tomorrow morning before 10:30 a.m. Woohoo!

is that 128 or 256 ?

Kev1
10-06-05, 10:48 PM
Great choice Grunt :thumbsup: I'm sure your gonna love the 6800 OC! It will be big upgrade from your 5950, particularly in PS 3.0 performance.

Slyder it says 128 meg on the box.

SLippe
10-06-05, 11:46 PM
is that 128 or 256 ?
Yeah, it's the 128MB version. I couldn't locate a 256MB version of it. BFG only makes a 128MB version, according to their website.

EDIT: Holy crap! I just looked at eVGA's website and for a vanilla 6800, mind you not a OC, it's $100.00 more than the BFG 6800 OC I bought! Wow! Looks like the only way to get the 256MB version is to have PCI-e.

Slyder
10-08-05, 03:52 AM
Ahh ok, see this is what I dont get. (and apologies in advance for hi-jacking the thread a little bit here) Im thinking of upgrading my FX5700 to the 6 series myself but I have 2 choices.

Gigabyte GV-N66T128D 6600GT 128MB 128bit AGP @ £108.66 inc VAT (http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=11716485552&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=92137)

or

Gigabyte GV-N66256DP 6600 256MB Silent pipe AGP @ £79.54 inc VAT (http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=11716485552&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=92142)

I dont understand why the 256meg version is more affordable then then 128. :confused: Any ideas. Personally I am looking to stay @ 256.

Peoples-Agent
10-08-05, 04:40 AM
The 6600 GT buddy, without the slightest shade of a doubt.
It chews that non GT for breakfast and then some.
I have seen them both running side by side, and seriously, I was pretty upset with the non GT's performance considering the pretty small price difference.

rohit
10-08-05, 05:43 PM
True, get the 6600GT

Subtestube
10-08-05, 06:34 PM
I dont understand why the 256meg version is more affordable then then 128. :confused: Any ideas. Personally I am looking to stay @ 256.

The price diff is because the 256 Meg is the non GT. The two posters above me are right - get the 6600GT. Even though it has less RAM, that RAM is MUCH higher clocked, and so is the core.

Gentle
10-09-05, 10:14 AM
Until you get into video cards with a 256 bit memory controller, getting a video card with 256 meg of ram is really a waste of money.

The GDDR3 ram on the 6600GT is rated at either 1.6ns (600 x 2 equalling 1200MHz) or 2.0ns (500 x 2 equalling 1000MHz) whereas the ram on your 5700 was probably somewhere in the vicinity of 600MHz (300 x 2 since it is DDR).

What really helps in this comparison is the jump from 4 pipelines up to 8 pipelines on the 6600GT. It's like going from a 4 cylinder car to an 8 cylinder one. Big jump in performance for you. The 6600GT should easily be around 2 times the performance of a 5700.

Gentle

P.S. Grunt, how many pipelines does your new 6800 OC have?

SLippe
10-09-05, 10:24 AM
P.S. Grunt, how many pipelines does your new 6800 OC have?
12, but have been reading where it can be unlocked to 16 using Rivatuner. I'm chicken to try it though. :D

And as for Slyder...

Dude, as you can see I was going to go with a 6600 card (whole point of this thread originally), but found the 6800 OC for less money. I'm glad I did! My benchmarks and system specs are in my sig.