hey guys do you know which card gives better performance ??
The X800GTO2 or X800XL....
btw.. u dont like nVidia cards?
i like nvidia cards.. their just slightly expensive... i mean i just have a budget of about 280 bucks lol.
X800XL and X800GTO2 both come under that price range
Is this to be PCI-Express or AGP?
If AGP, you may wish to consider the AIW X800 XT. This is faster than both you have mentioned, has a tv-tuner/capture, fm tuner and can be had on NewEgg.com for $279 after a $20 rebate.
Even if you do not use the multimedia portions of the card, it's basically an X800 XL but with a higher clocked GPU (500mhz).
X800 XL @ 280? niice so is the 6800GT isnt it?
Definately get a nVidia. For $280, you can way outrun any $280 ATI card.
If you're talking AGP, you're dreadfully wrong.
The CHEAPEST (also read- very, very hard availability) you can find a 6800GT AGP w/ 256MB is $400. This is a 16-pipeline card @ 350mhz core.
As the link I provided shows, the X800 XT is $279 for a 16-pipeline, 500mhz core card with 256MB. The 6800GT is the closest competitor to the X800 XT.
As you can see from the AGP Benchmarks at Tom's, the X800 XT is cheaper and more powerful. The only advantage the 6800GT has is SM3.0, which at current only adds a very small change to specific NVIDIA patches for Far Cry and Splinter Cell (two games).
It should also be noted that the newest 5.11 Catalyst drivers boost OpenGL scores so Doom3 and Quake4 have since yielded much, much better performance.
Well, for starters I wasn't talking AGP. And also, who uses AGP anymore? It is obsolete.
Hmm.. Given current ATI mark-downs, it looks like your choices are indeed a close race still.
The cheapest 6800GT at Newegg is a PNY for $269
You can get an X850 XT for $259:
You can again look at the above benchmarks to see how the X850 and 6800GT fair in performance.
Of course, if you can wait a little while and scrounge up another $50-$60 or so, the REALLY nice upgrade path would be either:
EVGA 7800GT - $349
Radeon X1800XL - $339
Sapphire's GTO² is a 100% guaranteed unlock to a x850. That means instead of 12 pipes, you get 16 like some of the the high-end cards. You'll need to overclock the memory and core to match the speeds, but it is pretty simple and as close to risk-free as you can get.
Just thought you should know.. in case you are into that sort of thing.