Originally posted by P.P. Mguire
The 6800GS is the better way to go because the PCI-E version can OC like mad. It has SM3 and the ATI cards dont (besides the X1800and above). eVGA 6800GS man.
It dosn't matter how much you overclock the GS. An unlocked X800GTO2 will always beat it down in terms of brute force.
Think of it logicly. The GS is a 425MHz card with 12 pipes. An unlocked X800GTO2 is a 540MHz card with 16 pipes. Even with overclocking, there is no competition. And don't go on about bad drivers, I built a cheap PC with an X1300Pro, and I have not had a single problem with the drivers. The X800GTO2 does not support SM3, but that really does not matter. First of all, the GeForce 6 series actually fails the WHQL SM3 tests, and when the games that rely heavily on SM3 (like UT2007) come out the Geforce 6 series will not play them at playable framerates anyway. Not only that, but they will have fallback to SM2, and there are only very minor differences between SM3 and SM2.
No the GTX is not worth it over the GT.