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Old 01-23-06, 10:05 AM   #1
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Default 6800GS vs. 9800 PRO: How big an upgrade?

I am currently running a Radeon 9800 Pro, and frankly, I love it. It's always worked well, given me good performance in most games, etc. Unfortunatley, it's lagging a bit behind. It runs fine with WoW, but in EverQuest 2, Battlefield 2 and F.E.A.R., it can't hold up. I am not looking to go PCI-e quite yet, as I like my currentl AGP motherboard (MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum). I probably won't get a PCI-e board until I go dual-core near the end of '06.

For an upgrade that's only going to sit in my PC for about 10 months (then be moved to my GF's), is the 6800GS going to be a large improvement over the 9800? $225 USD just seems like a really good price if all the rumors I have heard about the GS being a great mid-high enthusiest mainstream card are true. I have read some reviews and they have been overwhelmingly positive, but it's confusing to compare all the video card options and how they stack up these days.

Thanks for the help If you guys say this is a good upgrade, I will be ordering it from newegg today.
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Old 01-23-06, 10:08 AM   #2
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Yes it is definetely a decent upgrade over the 9800 Pro. Remember, the 6800GS is very comparable to the 6800GT in overall speed, so with that being said, the 6800GS would be worth the upgrade.
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I would say its at least twice as fast. If that isnŽt enough upgrade for you, IŽd recommend the 7800GT or the upcoming 7800GS. Sure both are/will be more expensive, but IMHO, the upgrade jump/per dollar will be bigger.
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Old 01-23-06, 10:12 AM   #4
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I would say its at least twice as fast. If that isnŽt enough upgrade for you, IŽd recommend the 7800GT or the upcoming 7800GS. Sure both are/will be more expensive, but IMHO, the upgrade jump/per dollar will be bigger.
Remember, I don't have PCI-e So I am stuck to whatever cards are still made with an AGP interface

I think I am gonna get the GS today. It seems, from all indications, that it's a worthy upgrade.
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Old 01-23-06, 10:36 AM   #6
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Ahh, sweet. Oh well, 6800GS already ordered. I probably wouldn't want to spend the money on the 7800GS anyway, as this is a short upgrade before I go dual-core/PCI-e.
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Yes it is definetely a decent upgrade over the 9800 Pro. Remember, the 6800GS is very comparable to the 6800GT in overall speed, so with that being said, the 6800GS would be worth the upgrade.
AGP 6800GS is indeed a NV40 core with a quad fp disabled
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I just did this last Friday..Let me say this in very technical terms....





















IT IS FREAKIN' HUGE!!!!!!
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IT IS FREAKIN' HUGE!!!!!!
It's called "power" son. Enjoy, till you get the fat platform upgrade you have planned.

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I upgraded from a Radeon 9700 to a 6800GT, and it's night and day. Everything else being equal, it allowed me to go from 800x600 no aa/af in Q4 & BF2 with poor performance, to 1280x1024 with 2xAA and GREAT performance. It's a huge upgrade.
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Default Re: 6800GS vs. 9800 PRO: How big an upgrade?

I can give you almost exact difference...

Anywhere from 75% to 100% speed increase depending on the title.

The X800XL and the 6800GS are almost identical in speed. Testing the X800XL I found it to be almost 100% faster than my 9800 Pro across the board.

With the 6800GS though, a few games like DOOM3, PACIFIC FIGHTERS and RIDDICK nearly 200% faster due to ATI driver issues with those specific games.

So in the end like everyone said. You will be able to go up a res setting and add some AA and AF.

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