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Ultra and non-ultra? Whats the difference?

Discussion in 'Nvidia' started by 3in4, Apr 15, 2004.

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    3in4 Guest

    Im looking at Tom's Video card roundup http://www6.tomshardware.com/graphic/20031229/vga-charts-03.html
    and Im curious as to the difference of the Ultra and non-ultra cards? I ask cause when I look on pricewatch.com, it doesnt
    show ultra cards, just 128mb and 256mb versions. The only thing I can assume is the 128mb version is the non-ultra, and the
    256mb version is the Ultra, correct?

    Also, has anyone actually ever SEEN a 5800 ultra? From the benchmark above, its a good bang for the buck card, supposedly
    going in the sub $150 range.

    Other than that, unless someone has a new chart like this, it looks like the 9800 pro is the best card for the money. Ive
    never had an ATI card, always 3dfx and nVidia. What do ya think?

    I need to upgrade my Ti 4400 pretty soon, so any info is appreciated.
    3in4, Apr 15, 2004
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    duralisis Guest

    In the FX lineup, the "Ultra" and "XT" cards are chips that had better
    yields or were from a newer revision (meaning they clocked higher more
    easily and could be sold as a better model). They usually have the
    faster bus (256-bit) and better RAM (256MB), but I've also seen 128
    cards with just higher clocks.

    Clockspeeds alone usually make them better, but increased bandwidth
    overall usually helps a lot.
    duralisis, Apr 16, 2004
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    John Lewis Guest


    In the nVidia range....

    Ultra is normally the top-end card of a group. Normally 256 Meg

    No suffix is the mid-range. Usually 128 Meg memory

    XT, SE is the el-cheepo ( sloppier specs) version of the no-suffix
    card. Beware, some of the less ethical vendors have now got into the
    habit of dropping the XT, SE suffix, especially if they no longer
    produce the non-suffix version.

    There is no replacement for reading and understanding critical specs.
    Critical specs like GPU and Memory clock rates missing.... no buy.
    John Lewis, Apr 16, 2004
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    teqguy Guest

    The GPU is just a revision...

    Instead of releasing an entirely new model number, each company
    releases revision cards... but in order to sell more they have to
    denote a difference... or else they'd lose money.

    Some of the changes I've seen in the past are:

    o Reduced temps

    o Higher default clock speeds

    o Repackaged with better/more software

    o Repackaged with updated drivers

    o Slightly tweaked board layouts

    o Adjusted GPU and memory voltages
    teqguy, Apr 16, 2004
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