6800 Gt

tommy

OSNN Member
#1
With all the different companys making this card is there one that sticks out from the crowd or are they about the same but different bundles, i.e Gainward, Leadtek, Point of view and Msi to name a few.
Thanks for any replies in this matter :)

tommy
 

LeeJend

OSNN Veteran Addict
#3
The quality of customer support and the quality of manufacturing varies widely.

The only major variation in the design will be the cooling solution. How effective, how heavy and how noisy. Most vendors go with the "Nvidia reference design" and at most will mess with the heatsink and fan. Some may vary the card layout a little also. A few will use faster RAM chips for better reliability (and overclocking potential).

Check forums for people bitching about support or failed cards on any brand you are seriously looking at.
 

Grier

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#5
If you're going by what you get in bundles, I'd recommend MSI. Ordered my GT there and you would get 17 games with it. Memorable ones being XIII, Splinter Cell:pandora Tomorrow, Prince of persia 3D, URU (a myst game:prob not tempting for most. or anyone actually,) DX:Invisible War, IL2 Sturmovik, Commandos 3, Black Hawk Down, JOint Operations Typhoon rising amd Beach Life. The rest are less mainstream straegies like Praetorians. It also has a nifty fan speed slider (could be common...I just found it fun to play with) Also there's a oc prog right along with it.

with 2100+ xp, 512MB RAM and some crappy generic MB, I recieved 8000+ in 3D mark 03.

Anyway, there's a bit of info for you mate, a review sort of if that floats your boat.
 

Sazar

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#8
there are a coupla minor annoyances like the stickers from the companies peeling off and being sucked into the fans and killed the cards.. (at least 3 people on nvnews who recently got nv40's had this happen so others have been removing their stickers)

generally other than that most of the cards follow the reference design so there should be no issues with QC...
 

Sazar

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#10
yah its an odd issue...

mainly when the sellers are just slapping their own stickers on top of the nvidia one and selling it.. with the heat generated the bond breaks and they peel right off...

corse it depends how cheap the sticking jobbie was... :)

but if you have checked the sticker on the hsf and it seems fine... thats ace... other than that you really should have no problems...

the general fails for the high-end cards from both ati and nvidia @ the moment are centered around the fans...
 

Sazar

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#12
yah i meant the sticker on the heatsink...

its not a big issue though... obviously since most haven't heard of it lol and is not card specific...
 

Tuffgong4

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#13
eVGA and BFG...I own an evga 6800GT and have nothing but good times with it except some stuttering in UT2004 but I don't think that the card is the problem

the other company I was going to go for is BFG tech because they come factory overclocked and have a true lifetime warranty and great customer support
 
#14
Grier said:
If you're going by what you get in bundles, I'd recommend MSI. Ordered my GT there and you would get 17 games with it. Memorable ones being XIII, Splinter Cell:pandora Tomorrow, Prince of persia 3D, URU (a myst game:prob not tempting for most. or anyone actually,) DX:Invisible War, IL2 Sturmovik, Commandos 3, Black Hawk Down, JOint Operations Typhoon rising amd Beach Life. The rest are less mainstream straegies like Praetorians.
Whats its spec? 256mb of ram? how much? where from?
Me thinking of getting one :D
 
#16
Well, HardOCP managed to get a 6800GT OC from BFG up to around Ultra speeds, so that card is nothing to sneeze at. Good luck finding one though. I haven't seen any in stock yet. I haven't looked that hard, but it does seem to be in fairly short supply.
 
#18
One thing to consider is if you have a watercooled computer BFG has some cards with the watercooling already built in. Personally, I skipped on that and just bought a normal PNY 6800GT, once someone (Koolance) builds a watercooling block then I will just install it myself. I have a Koolance watercooled case, and the video card isnt connected to it right now.. They wanted $650.00 for a watercooled 6800 Ultra.
 

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