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    Default 6600GT vs 6800

    Been reading up on some things lately and these 2 confused the hell out of me lol. They are both around the same price now and i was wondering which is better?

    The 6600 GT has 8 pixel pipelines and 3 vertex shaders, and runs at high clockspeeds (500/1000 MHz). It has a 128-bits memory bus.

    The 6800 has 12 pixel pipelines and 5 vertex shaders, and runs at relatively low clockspeeds (325/700 MHz). It has a 256-bits memory bus.

    It would seem to me that the 6800 is the way to go however i was shocked at how low the clock speeds are when compared to the 6600GT. Thoughts?

    P.S. The 6800 i am reffering to is not the GT or Ultra. Just the normal 6800.

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    Default Re: 6600GT vs 6800

    Go for the cheaper one. You'll get the same performance from them both (I have them both). Although if your a mod/oc enthusiast go for the 6800. The 6600GT is as-is, but the 6800 you can unlock 1 more shader, and potentially 4 more pipelines. On the contrary the 6600GT can be oc'd a bit more to increased the perfomance a smidge. I have my 6800LE OC'd the crap out of and it's doing nicely at 364/891 running 12 pipelines and 5 shaders (I got the cheaper one and turned it into a 6800 and then some). It outperforms the 6600 GT only by a little though. The higher clock speeds help out a lot. Even small incriments help.

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    Default Re: 6600GT vs 6800

    I had this conflict aswell, i chose the 6600GT. Myne beats my mates 6800 :).
    Even tho his is OEM :P.
    But if your looking at playing things at a higher resolution (i mean 1600x1200), 6800 would most probably be better.
    Cheers

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    Default Re: 6600GT vs 6800

    Actually the 6800 will perform a bit better in most games, but it's so close in most of the better ones that's it's hardly worth paying more for. This does depend on what settings (e.g. resolution, as was mentioned), but it is very close. Unless it's only a little bit more expensive for the 6800 or you do like the idea of opening pipelines, it's probably better to get a 6600GT. I haven't checked the prices lately, but if they are as close as you say, then go for the 6800.

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    Default Re: 6600GT vs 6800

    The prices for the 6800le is 125 on new egg, or you can get a higher chance of unlock everything with the normal 6800 egva for 180. I would go with the 6800, it will perform alittle better with 12 pipelines, or alot with 16x6avp open. Unlocking isn't hard..just a few checks.

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    Default Re: 6600GT vs 6800

    Quote Originally Posted by AsianBatman
    The prices for the 6800le is 125 on new egg, or you can get a higher chance of unlock everything with the normal 6800 egva for 180. I would go with the 6800, it will perform alittle better with 12 pipelines, or alot with 16x6avp open. Unlocking isn't hard..just a few checks.
    And a lot of artifacts :)

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    Default Re: 6600GT vs 6800

    I have the 6800OC but its only 128 been debating if its worth going to a 256 in something. 6600 is a little cheaper in 256

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    Default Re: 6600GT vs 6800

    A 6600 or 6600GT? I'd take a 256MB 6600GT over a 128MB 6800, but certainly not a 256MB 6600.

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    Default Re: 6600GT vs 6800

    Having both cards (6600GT and 6800) in near identical systems, I think the 6800 is worth the slight premium for the better performance and image quality. Both cards in AGP format do require a molex power connector and a hefty PSU. 350w minimum for the 6600GT and probably a 400+w for the 6800.

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    Default Re: 6600GT vs 6800

    A good quality 350 can handle a 6800 with no problem.

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