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which card should I get??

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce' started by richmathews, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. richmathews

    richmathews Member

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    I am looking at getting a new graphics card, but am not very good on what is what. I can't get pci-e, so it'll have to be an agp.

    At the moment my friend is offering me his old XFX GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 256mb for £100. Is this worth getting or should I spend the extra and get a 6600gt ultra 256mb agp or whatever (http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?sku=307193&cks=PRL )?? Or is the 5950 a better card??

    The main reason for the new upgrade is to be able to play Battlefield 2.


    Thank you for any help you can give me.

    Regards
    Richard

    p.s. the specs of the 5950 look better than the 6600gt, but I have no idea what all the numbers mean.
     
  2. Ferret_69

    Ferret_69 Member Guru

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    Go for the 6600GT, outperforms a 5950 easily
     
  3. DrFreeze

    DrFreeze Ancient Guru

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    nah, get the 6600GT, it shouldnt cost you much more then 100 pounds, and even though the specs might be a bit better on the 5950, the 6600GT is superior

    i also checked the prices, and 120 for a club3d or gainward seems nice, i wouldnt bother with the 256 mb one though

    post your specs too if possible, it makes giving advice a bit easier

    and by the way, if you are on a tight budget, then i think a 5950U for 100 pounds isnt all that shabby, just dont expect good performance when it comes to dx9 games
     
  4. richmathews

    richmathews Member

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    cheers guys!

    So does the extra 256mb of ram not make that much difference??


    Is it worth stretching to the lowest price 6800?? Just wondering??
     

  5. richmathews

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    sorry I mean the extra 128mb
     
  6. DrFreeze

    DrFreeze Ancient Guru

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    no really, imho only cards above the 6800nu really could do with the extra 128 mb, i would like it to on my card in some cases, but for a 66gt or 5950 it doesnt really matter that much

    and personally i would try stretching to a 6800nu

    but as i said, post your specs, its no use putting a 6800nu into a p4 1.8 or something
     
  7. Drunkenmasta

    Drunkenmasta Ancient Guru

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    Well with the 6800LE there was a chance of unlocking more pipelines (pipelines are like roads that help crunch the processing in a GPU, the more pipelines the better performance). But now they are making them so you can't unless you can find a 6800LE with a NV40 core. Same with the 6800 nu (non-Ultra). If you want to go higher than the 6600 GT, get the 6800 nu with an NV40 core and use rivatuner and do some unlocking. If you need help alot off people in here are familiar with unlocking. Rivatuner usually does it all for ya.

    If you don't want to fuss with it and just want get something small until you next upgrade, get the 6600 GT. If you tink you will keep your current setup for a while, get the 6800nu (unlock some pipes if you can) or simply save for the 6800 GT if you have that much cash. If not 6800 GT go a 6800nu if not a 6600 GT. All from best performers to lowest performers. The 6800 series are really a good future proof card and the 6600 GT isn't too bad as well.

    If your still stumped about pipelines, we'll use the 6800nu and 6800 GT as an example. The 6800 nu is clocked at 325 MHz core/700 MHz Memory with 12 pipelines and 5 Vertex Shaders (shadings on textures are Vertex Shaders, per pixel ie each dot that makes up your screen). 12 x Core speed and Memory speed = 3900 MHz Core/8400 MHz Memory. The 6800 GT is 350 MHz Core/1100 MHz Memory. It has 16 pipelines and 6 Vertex Shaders so 16 x 350 = 5600 MHz Core and 16 x 1000 = 16000 MHz Memory. Let me remind you that the 6800 GT is an awesome overclocker and clocks easily past the Ultra stock settings.

    The 6600 GT even if it has 128-bit memory bandwidth, it faster than the 5950 because it's GPU power is fast. It's architecure is 8 pipelines and 3 Vertex Shaders. You know the math :p

    It's up to you, if your going to upgrade soon, get the 6600 GT for now until you do. If that doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon, then your better off with the 6800nu or GT. eBay if you into it have some great deals sometimes, just make they have lots of feedback with a good % of ratings. Everybody takes a risk on ebay, just make sure feedback is ok and you should be fine :).

    Hope this helps!

    Any Q's just holla!

    pz out

    p.s When you can, fill in your details >>>>>>>>>it helps us decide a card for you as well depending on your CPU and RAM etc...
     
  8. Ankit kukreti

    Ankit kukreti Ancient Guru

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    Definitely, if you can get 6800. It's a faster card than 6600GT and you have a chance of opening the extra pipelines and get more of your card.
     
  9. richmathews

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    Thank you all very much. I have learnt a lot today ;)

    I will look into getting a 6800 and getting it unlocked. Can anyone suggest a good place to get a 6800 (UK) that is cheap and easy to unlock etc?
    You guys are tops, wish I'd found this place earlier!!

    Regards
    Rich
     
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    So it's still possible to unlock the 6800LE's right? Cause I'm thinking about either getting a Ledtek 6800LE or a regular 6800 from newegg.com. Which one would be the better buy if you consider costs too. The LE is $140 and the regular is like $200 so I dunno... Either way getting an LE or a regular 6800 is still a better choice than a 6600GT right?
     
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    in lower resses the 6600gt outperforms the 6800 but in higher it doesnt...
    the 6600gt is your best choise ;)
     

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