6800 Ultra

By wiscountryboy
Aug 10, 2006
  1. how come i cant find a card sportin the 6800 Ultra GPU i can find the 6800XT's and the 6800GS's at newegg

    also i was wondering if i would be better off with a 6800xt (or ultra if someone know where i can buy one) verse a 7600GS i know that a 7600GT would be the best bang for the buck, but i'm tight on cash..

    i plan on have in a 3800+ x2 from amd and an asus A8N-SLI Deluxe with a gig of patriot ram for the time i will only use 1 graphics card, but hope to upgrade later this fall
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I'd highly recommend a 7600GT or even the GS. I'm sure they perform better than the 6800 series. And they are newer too.
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    He's tight on cash so the 7600GT is a no-go.
    A 6800XT has 4 locked pipleines that can be unlocked using RivaTuner giving a card roughly equal to the 6800GS in performance. But answering ur original query, here it is.
    BFG Geforce 6800 Ultra OC
  4. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    If he can unlock the 4 extra pipelines, then the 6800XT is a great choice.
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    It's not too difficult. There are quite a few guides on the web which show you how to do it. Other members may be able to provide insight on this since I've never done it before but do know people who have done it.
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    It may be easy to unlock the extra pipelines on such a card but nothing says they will work. You can end up having visual artefacts or stability problems that will not go away until you disable them again.
  7. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I agree with Didou, maybe that 6800XT core has 4 extra defective pipelines, or maybe they can work properly.
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    There can rarely be defective pipelines but they do exist. The main problem is, it's somwehat of a gamble, since unless u have a 6800XT with an NV40 core, u can't unlock the pipelines. He wants an Ultra anyways so we'll leave it at that.
  9. wiscountryboy

    wiscountryboy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    hey guys thanks for the discussion, i think i'm going to go with the 7600GT because my boss just gave me a nice raise ;) also having a 3800+ x2 cpu i'd be willin to bet that my graphics card would be the bottleneck...also finding another card in a bit for sli might be difficult....
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    The 7600GT is a great choice!! :)
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