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Old 07-15-2005, 07:31 PM   #31 (permalink)
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So it really doesnt matter whether or not i get a PCIE or an AGP type right?

Very interesting. Here is an article i found.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2299

It shows that the x800XL performs on par with the 6800GT. In frame rates. They are very good. The x800XL is a excellent card. So why again am i getting the 6800GT? I mean, how much of a difference can the Shader Model 3.0 make? And is the difference worth 100 bucks more?
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Old 07-15-2005, 07:56 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Why get the 6800GT over the 800XL.
Smart Shader 3.0 which is going to be used in quite a few games.
SLI is available and working today yet ATI's is not.

What price are you getting on the 6800GT? and the 800XL?
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Old 07-15-2005, 08:02 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Well. I found a x800XL PCIE for around 399.99 CAN. I found a BFG 6800GT (dont know whether or not it is AGP or PCIE, called the guy, but forgot what he said.. ) for 469.99 Can. for its a 70~ difference. Suggestions?
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Old 07-15-2005, 08:17 PM   #34 (permalink)
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if you absolutely need it now, get the XL, but i would wait for the X900 and the x800's will drop in price.. But out of 6600GT and XL, i would get the ATI, if you don't care much about graphics and want good frame rates
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Old 07-15-2005, 08:19 PM   #35 (permalink)
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So. Wait. Lets say i were to get the BFG 6800GT. In what time do you think i would need to upgrade if i want to stay with decent graphics? And, in what time do you think that this card will be absolutely useless and not be able to play any games?
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Old 07-15-2005, 08:28 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Around 2007.

I would imagine 2006 the 6600GT will be the mainstream card developers write for in 2006 fading out in 2007 time.
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Old 07-15-2005, 08:43 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Havent read the entire post yet, but I'm sure you can get a lower price than Futureshop for that card, i'm not sure the shipping costs, but I use these guys out west here in Vancouver:

http://www.shopap.com/product.asp?pf...DPX6600GT%2DEX

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...ture=MicroStar

There is also a tigerdirect.ca that is probably closer to you.
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Old 07-15-2005, 08:46 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Im not getting it from Futureshop. Im getting it from .......compu-best (www.compu-best.com)
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Ok, and i would definately go with PCI-e over agp.
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Old 07-15-2005, 10:17 PM   #40 (permalink)
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ATI's next gen R520 will be released in both AGP and PCI-E
Hmmm, the last thing I read was it was going to be PCI-e only

But also, like for me, I will definately be skipping this current "next gen" phase (ie 7800 and 9xx) but then there is a good chance I will upgrade for the generation after that. There is a real good chance that those cards won't be available in AGP.

But again, in the current cards there is no performance increase with PCI-e over AGP. It is mearly for upgrade options in the future.

I also agree that you can get a good 2 years out of a 6800GT. You might be running games on a little lower settings in a couple years, but it will definately run them.

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I mean, how much of a difference can the Shader Model 3.0 make? And is the difference worth 100 bucks more?
It will be even more important if you want the card to last you a couple years as about all new games will be in PS3.0.
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