Introduction

It's about that time again. It's been a few months since NVIDIA introduced something exciting and ATI has been launching (and paper launching) parts left and right. From the GT and GTO (which have been on shelves for a while) to the many X1000 series parts (many of which haven't shown up yet) ATI has not been quiet. And today NVIDIA brings the fight back to their door with another product launch that's available on the day it's announced.

At the same time, this is no X1800 XT killer: NVIDIA is launching its GeForce 6800 GS today.

This upper midrange, sub $250 part is NVIDIA's answer to the X800 GTO and the as of yet unavailable X1600 line up. To be up front before we even get to the benchmarks, we included the X800 GTO and X800 XL in our benchmarks, but omitted the X1600 XT as it is not yet available for purchase. We understand that some people might like to know how the X1600 line will eventually compare, but we are very unhappy with ATI's ability to deliver product at launch. To answer that question, take a look back at our X1000 series performance article and note how the 6800 GT compares to the X1600 XT.

What we did focus on here is how the new 6800 GS compares to the current NVIDIA lineup. Coming in at a low cost with very good performance, this new 12 pipe part packs quite a punch when it comes to value. Unfortunately, while the part is available right now, it doesn't seem to be supported by that many manufacturers. We also aren't certain how long the 6800 GS will last either. This has all the makings of a holiday gift from NVIDIA that won't last very long.

Is NVIDIA actually offering this new part out of the goodness of its heart? Or does the 6800 GS only get to exist long enough to hedge sales of ATI parts during the holiday season? In the end it really doesn't matter that much: the 6800 GS is a good part no matter how long it sticks around.

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  • Slaimus - Tuesday, November 08, 2005 - link

    I have had mine for a year. It is called 6800 AGP + softmod Reply
  • Donegrim - Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - link

    Without the GDDR3 memory though. You can't unlock upgraded memory. Reply
  • Missing Ghost - Monday, November 07, 2005 - link

    Can I get this in AGP? Reply
  • bob661 - Monday, November 07, 2005 - link

    The one on Monarch is PCIe. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Monday, November 07, 2005 - link

    NV42 = PCIe only, unless they bridge back to AGP. I seriously doubt that will happen, but 6800GT AGP cards are slightly cheaper than PCIe versions already. Reply
  • yacoub - Monday, November 07, 2005 - link

    "today sees the introduction of a part that performs just as well as the 6800 GT but costs about $100 less."

    Uhm, 6800GTs cost around $280, maybe less as I haven't checked in a few days, so you must be implying that I can get a 6800GS for $180. If that's true, then that's more reasonable.
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  • LoneWolf15 - Monday, November 07, 2005 - link

    And in the same vein:

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    The X800 XL makes a good showing in this benchmark as it performs just ahead of the 6800 GS and GT. While this would be fine if only competing against the 6800 GT, the X800 XL suffers a disadvantage when competing against the much cheaper 6800 GS.


    To go back to the beginning of the article:

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    This upper midrange, sub $250 part is NVIDIA's answer to the X800 GTO and the as of yet unavailable X1600 line up.


    The X800XL's lowest retail price on pricewatch is $245. Where would one be saving money at this point buying a 6800GS, assuming you could actually purchase one today?

    P.S. I find it likely that the price of the X800XL will be lowered even further to compete.
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  • yacoub - Monday, November 07, 2005 - link

    Still waiting to see a reply to this or a correction in the article's conclusion regarding the X800XL and supposed $100 price gap b/w GS and GT. =P Reply
  • DrZoidberg - Monday, November 07, 2005 - link

    I think when u say $280 for 6800GT this is not the recommended price set by nvidia (MSRP) but the cheapest online price, im sure the MSRP for 6800GT is around $320, just like u can get 6800GS for less than the MSRP price of $250, $209 at newegg. Reply
  • bob661 - Monday, November 07, 2005 - link

    Some of you guys are some non-reading bitches. Scroll up and you'll see Derek's link to where you can buy this card TODAY for $229. Reply

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