View Full Version : 800Pro/XT vs. 6800GT/Ultra

11-15-2004, 12:18 AM
So, I've decided to get a new video card and I'm torn between Nvidia and ATI and also which model to get. I've always had Nvidia cards before and for that reason leaning towards the 6800's, but I'd like some input from both crowds (the ATI and Nvidia users). As well as whether getting the Pro/GT vs. XT/Ultra is worth the extra $100 or so?

Here are the cards I'm looking at (in no particular order):

1. ATI X800 PRO, 8x AGP, 256MB DDR3
2. X800 XT Platinum, 8x AGP, 256MB DDR3
3. GeForce 6800 GT, 8x AGP, 256MB DDR3
4. GeForce 6800 Ultra, 8x AGP, 256MB DDR3

I'm upgrading from a Nvidia GeForce FX 5600, so any of these would be a huge performance boost. I just want to hear what people have to say about them before buying one.


11-15-2004, 08:23 AM
I I have just bought an ati X800 pro and oufff...
I'm usualy an Nvidia buyer and was reluctant at first to buy the X800 but I can tell you I'm not disapointed. I think this is the card to get at the moment.

11-15-2004, 08:27 AM
ATi X800pro - 12 pixel pipelines
ATi X800XT - 16 pixel pipelines

GeForce 6800GT - 16 pixel pipelines
GeForce 6800Ultra - 16 pixel pipelines

pipelines has a lot to say

11-15-2004, 08:33 AM
i have the 800xt [was going to buy the 6800gt] it runs very well[ perfect setting at 1600 -1200 at 32 bit ].

TgD Thunderbolt56
11-15-2004, 09:52 AM
I really want to like my 6800 Ultra, but the stability issues I'm having continually point to this card as the source.

This week I'm taking my rig back to bits, reassembling everything, reformatting my HD and reinstalling FB+AEP+PF. Hopefully the patch will be out then and my stability will return...and all will be right with the world.


11-15-2004, 10:02 AM
Your cpu has a huge impact on what card you should get. What cpu do you have?

11-15-2004, 10:29 AM
Hi, I upgraded from a 9800 to a BFG 6800GT, overclocked it to ultra speeds with out a problem. Run the game at 1600x1200x32 with perfect water at 3 and the force shaders off. Have AA at 2Q and no AF. At these settings I get around 30fps inQMB wich i use a lot. In missions against fleets with AAA coming at me it slows down to around 15fps...If i want to double the frame rate I turn the Forceshaders on and lose the whitecaps on the waves. The big thing is do you like the perfect water=3 eye candy or not? I do like it, makes a big difference in immersion for me. I fly airplanes on a daily bases and that water makes this game a lot more like the real thing for me. If you don't care for it than you're better of with the 800XT PE. From the tests (Xbitlabs.com)that I have read the 800XT PE has better AA/AF performance at the higher resolutions. As you see I'am putting an overclocked $400 6800GT against a $550-$600 800XT. If you go apples to apples and compare the 800XP against the 6800GT(non overclocked) the ati card does not do as well. Conclusion, If all you have is 400 bucks and you want to see the fancy water(or turn the water a notch down and get better fps)... go with the 6800GT. If money is no object and you don't care about the fancy water, want the highest fps you can get...scoot over to MagnumPC and get an 800XT PE. I personally like to be able to have both at my own choosing, somedays I just enjoy watching the water during trap practice or a 16 vs 16 dogfight and sometimes i want the fps higher when the combat get's intense going against the fleet and I go for better fps. It's good to have choices. Hope this helped.

system specs: amd 64-3400 1 gig 3200 ram 6800GT at ultra speed.

11-15-2004, 11:11 AM
First bought a X800 Pro but wasent as pleased as i would have liked to be so switched to a 6800GT which i am really happy with.

11-15-2004, 03:55 PM

I have been looking at the 6800GT and have heard reports of shimmering textures and stability issues. Do you have these issues? How does it run with 4x AA/AF? I am trying to make the same decision and am looking for all the performance info I can get. Don't mean to hijack the thread.


11-15-2004, 05:18 PM
I currently own a 9800Pro and had a G4 Ti4600 before it. So Im no fanboy for either, but for the price you can beat the 6800GT (easily modded to 6800Ultra and you save 100 bucks) in its price range around $350-$400 its competition is the X800Pro and it easily outperforms it in about every test thrown at it. If you get up to the $450-$500 price range you have the 6800Ultra and X800ProXT which are about equal in all test. If I had the extra cash at this moment it would go towards the 6800GT.


11-19-2004, 04:14 AM
james_ander: The card runs fine on my system with both AA and AF. The level you choose is up to you and what fps you accept as playable. I run it at 1280x960x32, perfect with water=2, 4x AA/AF and it's as smooth as ever.

Overall i feel that there is abit more graphics glitches with the 6800GT card than i have had with my two former ATi cards (X800 and 9800 Pro) but it's not so disturbing that it would make me go back to ATi at this moment.

I have had no problems with stability.