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Choices choices choices........

Discussion in 'ATI' started by Rob G, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. Rob G

    Rob G Guest

    .... and none of them is a clear winner. My 9800Pro died on me so I was left
    scrambling for a replacement
    video card on the weekend. It puts me in a dilemna because right now I have
    a P4 2.8ghz with AGP bus.
    I was not planning on a system upgrade for a while yet, but I don't want to
    buy an AGP card that I cannot use
    in the next system I buy. I'm also torn between sticking with ATI or going
    with Nvidia because there's good
    and bad points to each. So I bought a 6800GT on the weekend with the option
    to return it if I don't like it.
    For $30 more, I can get an X850 XT (not PE) which is faster, but lacks 3.0
    shaders. Yeah I know they say 2.0b
    is almost as good, but I think 3.0 is where the safe money is. Then I have
    to think about do I want to spend
    almost $600Cdn on a video card when the PC gaming market has seen better
    days (losing a lot of ground to
    console gaming). Then there's also the fact that while some cards are
    faster than others, at what point does a
    person draw the line? If my HL2 game plays at 60fps, does it really get
    better at 100fps?

    My choices:

    Keep the 6800GT
    Return 6800GT and buy the 850XT or save a bit and go with the 800XL.

    If games are going to start supporting more HDR, are the ATI cards going to
    suffer because they don't
    have shader 3 support? Is Valve delaying the HDR ATI levels to give ATI
    time to come out with their
    next product? It probably would not be a good thing for the 'ATI Levels' to
    come out and run alot
    faster on the newly released 7800GTX compared to the hardware they were
    named for. Hey this is just
    speculation on my part.

    I guess the bus type is my primary concern, but also the shader support.
    Rob G, Jun 28, 2005
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  2. Rob G

    Shawk Guest

    Just a personal opinion - If you were happy with the 9800 Pro then buy
    another - cheapest option. However I'd go for the X800XL AGP which is
    plenty fast enough for current games (and probably for all that will be
    released over the next year or so) and will be saleable when you do upgrade.
    Buying one myself soon - a little like you I dont want to upgrade everything
    for at least a year (XP2800, 1GB PC3200, NF7-S" etc) and I think this will
    see me through until I do. I 'guess' this will also do HDR but if it
    doesn't then I'm not going to be too disppointed - I can wait
    Shawk, Jun 28, 2005
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  3. Rob G

    Doug Guest

    The 9800 Pro would be investing money in dead tech: basically throwing your
    money away. I'd stick with the 6800Gt personally, the X800xl is faster in a
    few benchs, but then again the 6800Gt is faster in others. IOW, it wouldn't
    be worth it to dump a 6800gt and get a x800xl.
    Doug, Jun 29, 2005
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