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Old 7th February, 2005, 06:53 PM
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Indecision 2005 - asus 6800GE or XFX 6800GT?

I've got a P4 2.4c@3.0 on a P4P800, fsb 250 with Geil DDR500. My monitor is a 17" CRT so I never go over 1152x864@75Hz.

I'm trying to make up my mind between the asus 6800 gamer edition with 256Mb of 1000Mhz ram or a XFX 6800GT.

Considering the resolutions I use (1024 or 1152) and the CPU speed, would I notice any difference in performance between the two? they cost roughly the same here and I will not be upgrading the system for at least 2 more years.

The asus "only" has 12 pipes but a great bundle (webcam)

p.s.: No, I don't want to upgrade to pci-E till 2007. My system is serving me just fine so AGP still makes sense for me.
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Old 7th February, 2005, 07:01 PM
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the GT is undoubtedly faster, by around 30% in most non cpu restricted situations, and with a 3ghz cpu that would be in few games.
the 12 pipe 6800's are still fast cards, I own one and no game out challenges it, but it's in the years to come that the extra boost of the GT will be useful
If money is tight go for the 6800, theres a chance the locked pipes we be unlockable and give you close to GT performance, and even if they don't it's still a very capable card. But if you can stretch to it then the GT is worth it as they will cope better with future games. Seeing the demos of the unreal 3 engine I can't see that coping with anything less than a 6800
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Old 7th February, 2005, 07:03 PM
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Given the choice I would go for the extra performance on the XFX with 16 pipes. But, then bundled extras don't really do it for me.
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I'd take the GT as well, even though the ASUS card is very easily modded into an ultra, as long as you change the cooling and are prepared to voltmod.

The ASUS Gamer Edition even has both power connectors...it really is an ultra that did not pass some sort of quality assurance. The memory speed is supposed to be almost the same as the Ultra as well(-50mhz), and the card boasts 25% higher overclocks than any other competitor's card. That's a big claim... and one that i was going to take the plunge with, until i changed my plans for a blue motherboard to an orange one(Motherboard and Videocard color gotta macth, don'tcha know).
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Over 25% faster than other competitors with 6800GPU
ASUS V9999 Gamer Edition is specially designed to meet hardcore gamers’ desires of seeing the most spectacular visual effects in the latest game titles. The best visual effects comes not only from the most powerful GPU, but also from the ultra high performance circuit board specially designed by ASUS that is 25% faster than other competitors in the market. When graphics card heavyweight ASUS meets the world fastest and most powerful GPU, the result is a solution delivering the most realistic visual effect on PC to date

http://usa.asus.com/products/vga/v9999ge/overview.htm


I will buy ASUS videocards exclusively...thay have a moddable card for almost every high-end card out there...take a bit of work, and you might not end up with the same as the best you can buy, but in the end you always get pretty close. I have had both a 9800pro that turned into and XT, and a x800pro that turned into an XT(not PE, unfortunately)....each took changing the cooling and some bios flashes, and i put voltmods on both anyway, although it wasn't really needed for either gpu. For me, every ASUS card that i have got to mod has had memory issues, and not gpu issues, but i have not tried Nvidia as of yet, either.

'Course, if they'd send me one for free, i'd love to try it!
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Given the choice I would go for the extra performance on the XFX with 16 pipes. But, then bundled extras don't really do it for me.
DITTO.

Bundles dont do it for me either
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