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Old 19th April, 2005, 02:17 PM
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New Gigabyte 3D1-XL Card Reviewed

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http://www.hkepc.com/hwdb/3d1xl-3.htm
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Old 19th April, 2005, 02:25 PM
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So its the same as the old 3D1 except with slower chips?

the original 3D1 had 6600GTs, this one only has 6600s.

I find it hard to believe that people are actually buying these dodgy things you know. A card that you can only buy with a motherboard, that will only ever work with one motherboard, that heats like a dog and doesnt overclock well, and above all, a card that takes up that much space.
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Old 19th April, 2005, 02:31 PM
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Yes, it's a bit disappointing. Same thing but slower! Must be cheaper as well, I guess.
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Old 19th April, 2005, 02:39 PM
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You would sure hope so.
It just doesnt seam to be a viable product in my opinion. Surely it must cost a lot more to make than a 6800GT, but it has performance that is below a GT. And then there are its limitations, which are just plain poor engineering. Why not do something revolutionary? put a pair of top end 6800Us on a board and mass market it as the single fastest card in the world.

Now that would sell.

This is "well, it is SLI, but not really. and its as good as a 6800GT!... unless you want AA... or 256MB games... Or overclocking..." But it looks cool!

Using the wank factor to sell hardware has been going on for a long time, but this is just silly. I seriously am disappointed that they have flogged this dead horse. It didnt fail the first time because it was too expensive, GIGABYTE, it failed because it sucked.

Its just sad that they havnt realised that.
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The first 3d1's are almost all sold, from what i hear, so it only makes sense that they release a new card. probably using extra gpu's they have that aren't selling. if the price is right, it will sell.
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I wonder if they'll bundle them with dodgy mobos this time.
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