NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra: The Next Step Forwardby Derek Wilson on April 14, 2004 8:42 AM EST
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Final Fantasy XI Performance
While most of the point of the game was unknown to us, since we just had a self-running bench mark demo, at the very least it looks really great. Especially interesting are the waterfall effects on the splash screen at the beginning. In this case, textures and blending of the landscapes won out over particle and special effects, but it doesn't mean they weren't nice.
We do see some performance gain here, but this benchmark is very CPU, GPU, and AGP bus limited, so good luck to all the brave souls who venture into the vast Final Fantasy XI Online world.
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Regs - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - linkWow, very impressive. Yet very costly. I'm very displeased with the power requirments however. I'm also hoping newer drivers will boost performance even more in games like Far cry. I was hoping to see at least 60 FPS @ 1280x1024 w/ 4x/8x. Even though it's not really needed for such a game and might be over kill, however It would of knocked me off my feet enough where I could over look the PSU requirement. But ripping my system apart yet again for just a video card seems unreasonable for the asking price of 400-500 dollars.
Verdant - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - linki don't think the power issue is as big as some make it out to be, some review sites used a 350 W psu, and two connectors on the same lead and had no problems under load
dragonballgtz - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - linkI can't wait till December when I build me a new computer and use this card. But maybe by then the PCI-E version.
DerekWilson - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - link#11 you are correct ... i seem to have lost an image somewhere ... i'll try to get that back up. sorry about that.
RyanVM - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - linkJust so you guys know, Damage (Tech Report) actually used a watt meter to determine the power consumption of the 6800. Turns out it's not much higher than a 5950.
Also, it makes me cry that my poor 9700Pro is getting more than doubled up in a lot of the benchmarks :(
CrystalBay - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - linkHi Derek, What kind of voltage fluctuations were you seeing... just kinda curious about the PSU...
PrinceGaz - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - linkA couple of comments so far...
page 6 "Again, the antialiasing done in this unit is rotated grid multisample" - nVidia used an ordered grid before, only ATI previously used the superior rotated grid.
page 8 - both pictures are the same, I think the link for the 4xAA one needs changing :)
Can't wait to get to the rest :)
ZobarStyl - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - linkdang ive got a 450W...sigh. That power consumption is really gonna kill the upgradability of this card (but then again the x800 is slated for double molex as well). I know it's a bit strange but I'd like to see which of these cards (top end ones) can provide the best dual-screen capability...any GPU worth its salt comes with dual screen capabilities and my dually config needs a new vid card and I dont even know where to look for that...
and as for cost...these cards blow away 9800XT's and 5950's...it wont be 3-4 fps above the other that makes me pick between a x800 and a 6800...it will be the price. Jeez, what are they slated to hit the market at, 450?
Icewind - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - linkUpgrade my PSU? I think not Nvidia! Lets see what you got Ati
LoneWolf15 - Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - linkIt looks like NVidia has listened to its customer base. I'm particularly interested in the hardware MPEG 1/2/4 encoder/decoder.
Even so, I don't run anything that comes close to maxing my Sapphire Radeon 9700, so I don't think I'll buy a new card any time soon. I bought that card as a "future-proof" card like this one is, and guess what? The two games I wanted to play with it have not been released yet (HL2 and Doom3 of course), and who knows when they will be? At the time, Carmack and the programmers for Valve screamed that this would be the card to get for these games. Now they're saying different things. I don't game enough any more to justify top-end cards; frankly, and All-In-Wonder 9600XT would probably be the best current card for me, replacing the 9700 and my TV Wonder PCI.