View Full Version : Need Advice On Purchasing BFG GF 6800 Ultra OC, first time Nvidia user

Loki Sunrider
10-07-05, 05:12 PM
Hello, I need some advice on purchasing a new BFG GF 6800 Ultra OC video card. I will be a first time Nvidia video card buyer and user.

I currently use an ATI Radeon 9700pro video card in my system. I bought it new when it was released in 2002. I built a new gaming rig at that time too.
I use RefreshForce to defeat the Windows XP pro 65hz refresh rate.

The 9700pro is still running good but it lacks the horsepower for games like BF2 and now Day of Defeat:Source with HDR enabled.

My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-8INXP Granite Bay, Pentium4 2.53 oc'd to 2.86, 1 gig of Corsair XMS PC3200LLPT, my power supply is a 480watt Antec, aluminum Skyhawk case, Audigy2 ZS sound card.

I am upset that ATI is not releasing any of their new X1800 series cards in AGP flavors, only PCIe. My motherboard only supports AGP.

So I am looking for the best AGP video card out there with Shader 3.0 support.

I have read that people with NV3 chipsets on their mobos have trouble with the BFG 6800 Ultra OC card but turning off Fast Writes fixes the freeze up.

I have to keep my mobo for quite awhile yet and can not afford to change mobo or cpu, etc. Just the video card and maybe ugrade memory to 2 gigs.

Is this video card the best solution for my system?
Will it work fine on my mobo/intel chipset?
What program to force refresh rates should I use with this Nvidia card?
And which program should I use to tweak and overclock this Nvidia card?

Any advice would be appreciated !
Thanks and have a great life.

Loki Sunrider :afro2:

10-07-05, 06:00 PM
Well I believe the 6800 Ultra is the best you can do for SM3 in AGP. I have the BFG one, runs very well when I don't suffer rom the stutter bug with the Nforce3 chipset, would be fine for you though.

I may be considering selling it because I may move to PCI express. Stock clocks are 425/1100, but it runs 450/1200 easily though I don't leave i like that. I just tested before to see what it could do. Probably goes even higher than that too.

Make me an offer if you are interested.

10-07-05, 06:04 PM
The BFG 6800U should be a nice upgrade and you should be fine with an Intel based system. The nvidia drivers use to provide a refresh rate override but at some point, it started causing issues. So, I use reforce (refreshforce). You run it once and you're done. You just use NVTweak or coolbits to overclock the card (they just modify the registry to unhide some hidden functionality). I'd guess that Rivatuner is the most popular tweaker for nvidia cards and it can also handle overclocking. nHancer is a good profile replacement. Makes dealing with them a little easier.

The 6800GT would also be a good choice for your system.

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=45204 or www.nhancer.com (nHancer)

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=40820 (NVTweak)

http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=163 (Rivatuner)

http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=201 (coolbits)
http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=462 (another version of it)

Edit: NVTweak is essentially the replacement for coolbits.

http://www.pagehosting.co.uk/rf/ (refreshforce)