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Posted: 2/5/2006 6:23:56 AM EDT
ASUS N6800/TD/512M Geforce 6800 512MB GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail

Core clock: 350MHz
D-SUB: 1
DirectX: DirectX 9
DVI: 1
Memory Clock: 540MHz
Memory Interface: 128-bit
OpenGL: OpenGL 1.5
PixelPipelines: 12
TV-Out: S-Video/Composite Out
VIVO: No

$187


or


PNY VCG6800SAWB Geforce 6800GS 256MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail

Core clock: 350MHz
D-SUB: 1
DirectX: DirectX 9
DVI: 1
Memory Clock: 1000MHz
Memory Interface: 256-bit
OpenGL: OpenGL 2.0
PixelPipelines: 12
TV-Out: S-Video Out
VIVO: No

$189 (after $40 rebate)


The Asus is a 512MB card while the PNY is 256MB
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 6:34:44 AM EDT
Strangely enough it appears to me that the 512 gets a lower memory interface, while the 256 gets a higher one, also the 256's Memory Clock is much higher.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 6:53:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By thisisagenericname:
Strangely enough it appears to me that the 512 gets a lower memory interface, while the 256 gets a higher one, also the 256's Memory Clock is much higher.



Thats what I was noticing. Is it better to have double the memory or for faster interface and memory clock speed?
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 6:55:27 AM EDT
I would rather have a 256 bit mem intfc. and faster mem clocks.

should be the faster of the 2.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 8:35:14 AM EDT
Anyone else have an opinion?
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 8:39:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/5/2006 8:41:30 AM EDT by Justa_TXguy]
Get the 256.



edited to add: why are you getting an AGP board? I hope your MB has the balls to feed that video card. You might consider a MB upgrade w/ PCI-E.

Link Posted: 2/5/2006 8:42:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/5/2006 8:44:19 AM EDT by MillerSHO]
Dude, the 6800GS 256 is the AGP card to buy right now.

Don't even look at that first card the GS is SOOO much better.

Amazing they are the same price even with the 512 megs of ram on the crappy card!

That card can't evn take advantage of 256megs of video memory, why the hell would they even bother to put 512 megs on it!?

Link Posted: 2/5/2006 8:43:59 AM EDT
I got a 6800 Ultra AGP card I am trying to get rid of on the EE you know

Out of those two - the GS.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 8:45:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/5/2006 8:47:48 AM EDT by MillerSHO]
I'd buy his Ultra if I was you.

Surely he selling it for a going rate and not the bloated rate those cards always commanded.(if he wants to really get rid of it that is)
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 9:16:09 AM EDT


If at all possible, go PCI-Express.

the AGP path is dead. Even the least expensive PCIE cards smoke 'hi-end' AGP.

That is, only if upgrading your mobo is a viable alternative.



But between the two below, the PNY card is the better choice b/c it supports OpenGL 2.0 (only matters if you're a gamer)
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 9:18:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By xxTAPxx:

If at all possible, go PCI-Express.

the AGP path is dead. Even the least expensive PCIE cards smoke 'hi-end' AGP.

That is, only if upgrading your mobo is a viable alternative.






Link Posted: 2/5/2006 9:34:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By xxTAPxx:

If at all possible, go PCI-Express.

the AGP path is dead. Even the least expensive PCIE cards smoke 'hi-end' AGP.

That is, only if upgrading your mobo is a viable alternative.



But between the two below, the PNY card is the better choice b/c it supports OpenGL 2.0 (only matters if you're a gamer)



I don't see what the big stink is trying to get another year or two out of the latest agp machines.

Hell my AGP machine smokes anything that's not a 7800GT+/x1800XT+ videocard and those are still pretty new cards.

Link Posted: 2/5/2006 9:38:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MillerSHO:

Originally Posted By xxTAPxx:

If at all possible, go PCI-Express.

the AGP path is dead. Even the least expensive PCIE cards smoke 'hi-end' AGP.

That is, only if upgrading your mobo is a viable alternative.



But between the two below, the PNY card is the better choice b/c it supports OpenGL 2.0 (only matters if you're a gamer)



I don't see what the big stink is trying to get another year or two out of the latest agp machines.

Hell my AGP machine smokes anything that's not a 7800GT+/x1800XT+ videocard and those are still pretty new cards.




Thats exactly what I'm doing. I'm gonna get a year or two out of this board before I go to a dual-core Athon
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 9:40:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mcantu:

Originally Posted By MillerSHO:

Originally Posted By xxTAPxx:

If at all possible, go PCI-Express.

the AGP path is dead. Even the least expensive PCIE cards smoke 'hi-end' AGP.

That is, only if upgrading your mobo is a viable alternative.



But between the two below, the PNY card is the better choice b/c it supports OpenGL 2.0 (only matters if you're a gamer)



I don't see what the big stink is trying to get another year or two out of the latest agp machines.

Hell my AGP machine smokes anything that's not a 7800GT+/x1800XT+ videocard and those are still pretty new cards.




Thats exactly what I'm doing. I'm gonna get a year or two out of this board before I go to a dual-core Athon



Good idea, Better than blowing all the money on a current s939 board, by the time you do the big upgrade AMD will have their new socket out.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 10:36:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By adair_usmc:

Originally Posted By mcantu:

Originally Posted By MillerSHO:

Originally Posted By xxTAPxx:

If at all possible, go PCI-Express.

the AGP path is dead. Even the least expensive PCIE cards smoke 'hi-end' AGP.

That is, only if upgrading your mobo is a viable alternative.



But between the two below, the PNY card is the better choice b/c it supports OpenGL 2.0 (only matters if you're a gamer)



I don't see what the big stink is trying to get another year or two out of the latest agp machines.

Hell my AGP machine smokes anything that's not a 7800GT+/x1800XT+ videocard and those are still pretty new cards.




Thats exactly what I'm doing. I'm gonna get a year or two out of this board before I go to a dual-core Athon



Good idea, Better than blowing all the money on a current s939 board, by the time you do the big upgrade AMD will have their new socket out.



Exactly.

As soon as the start actually writing apps for dual-core processors on a mass scale, the quad core processors will be out anyways.

Link Posted: 2/5/2006 10:40:51 AM EDT
Get the 256, it has better RAM which allows for it's higher speed and performance.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 10:41:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By adair_usmc:

Originally Posted By xxTAPxx:

If at all possible, go PCI-Express.

the AGP path is dead. Even the least expensive PCIE cards smoke 'hi-end' AGP.

That is, only if upgrading your mobo is a viable alternative.









+1

The full potential of the PCI-e hasn't even been scratched yet, right now the PCI-e is pretty much even with AGP. Not many AGP cards being made anymore so it's about time to switch over to the PCI-e architechure.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 11:07:03 AM EDT
I think you mean switch over to PCI-E on your next BUILD.

Link Posted: 2/5/2006 11:38:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MillerSHO:
I think you mean switch over to PCI-E on your next BUILD.




Yup
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