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Posted: 8/27/2005 9:55:31 PM EDT
I am getting a new AGP card for my LAN party system, and I was just wanting an outside opinion on which if these cards to get (preferably someone who has used both radeon x800 series cards and geforce 6 series of cards). I have always been an nvidia guy myself, and I am well aware of the real-world performance of nvidia cards (I run a 7800GTX in my home system), but I have not had a chance to get my hands on any of the new radeon cards.

Anyways, these are the two I am looking at for this system -

MSI 6800 Ultra

that was my first thought, being the nvidia user that I am, but then I stumbled upon this, for a great price -

Radeon X850XT PE -

your thoughts?
Link Posted: 8/27/2005 10:53:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2005 11:01:05 PM EDT by ARDunstan]
I don't know much about ATI, but I DO know that
you can get the 6800GT and overclock it to 6800 Ultra
speeds and save $150 dollars.

Its the same card, just slower clock and way cheaper.

I have a 6800GT AGP. I paid $269 for it at Newegg 2 weeks ago.
For shits and giggles, I overclocked it to 420MHZ.
I have it running at 375 now.

Link Posted: 8/28/2005 12:03:30 AM EDT
Take a look at zipzoomfly.
They've been reducing video card inventory the last few weeks.

I picked up a new retail MSI X800XT-PE for $250 last week.
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 1:46:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 7:13:06 AM EDT
Thanks. I think that if they are still in stock, I will go ahead and get a Visiontek Xtasy Radeon X850XT PE, which they have for $374. It will at least give me a new toy to play with

Link Posted: 8/28/2005 2:13:52 PM EDT
You'll be very happy with the 850XT PE. They're kickass cards.
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 2:17:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/28/2005 2:18:03 PM EDT by ARDunstan]
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 3:55:28 PM EDT
I found that I can actually get a 6800 Ultra cheaper, after rebate, off of newegg also. Still kind of undecided, now that I saw that.

HDR lighting is a big +1 for the 6800s for me, but I will see what is in stock when I order.
Link Posted: 8/29/2005 12:19:30 PM EDT
The difference between the 6800 Ultra and the X850XT aren't normally noticeable to the human eye. Benchmarks will give a single-digit lead to the ATI card, but I'd say you'd be happy with either one for a while.

Non-performance-wise, I've been a little happier with NVIDIA's repsponse-time in getting new drivers out when needed.
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 6:36:58 PM EDT
I ended up going with the 6800 Ultra, and ordered it today.

Hopefully it will be here tommorrow (overnight shipping).
Link Posted: 9/2/2005 5:13:27 PM EDT
Got it in the mail today, it ought to be a good upgrade to the Radeon 9800XT that was in that machine -

Link Posted: 9/2/2005 11:19:32 PM EDT
What? They didn't send you a tissue with that? You'd better get a Kleenex because the performance will bring a tear to your eye!
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