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antic81
12-02-2004, 12:36 PM
Hi there guys
Just wondering if anyone has any un biased advice for me.
I have been waiting for my MSI 6800 Ultra to arrive for a month now,only to be emailed today to be told that it isn't expected anywhere in the uk until mid Jan....being the impatient man that I am,thats way too long to wait!!!
However the guys that I've ordered the MSI from also informed me that I could purchase Gainwards version of the ultra (which they have in stock and i could have by Saturday).
Now the question is do I hold on and wait or is the Gainward version any good??
I've looked all over the web for reviews but all I find are reviews on their water cooled version (which IS expensive!!!)

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated !!

Thanks alot

Ant

crazyivan1970
12-02-2004, 12:46 PM
https://magnum-pc.securewebsiteserver.net/product_info.php?cPath=24_137&products_id=351

https://magnum-pc.securewebsiteserver.net/product_info.php?cPath=24_141&products_id=471

He ships overseas http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

antic81
12-02-2004, 03:23 PM
Hey there Ivan

thanks for the links,I have contacted the guys over at magnum pc in the past,the problem is payment method,you see I dont use credit cards and they dont accept debit cards,so there in lies the problem!
In fact they were out of stock to!
Do you have any ideas about Gainward though?
I'm afraid I'm quite a novice when it comes to computers!!

Thanks alot!

Anthony

crazyivan1970
12-02-2004, 03:50 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by antic81:
Hey there Ivan

thanks for the links,I have contacted the guys over at magnum pc in the past,the problem is payment method,you see I dont use credit cards and they dont accept debit cards,so there in lies the problem!
In fact they were out of stock to!
Do you have any ideas about Gainward though?
I'm afraid I'm quite a novice when it comes to computers!!

Thanks alot!

Anthony <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Actually best card is this one: https://magnum-pc.securewebsiteserver.net/product_info.php?cPath=24_136&products_id=507

Regarding debit cards... PayPal accepts them... and Magnum PC accepts PayPal http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

All cards are in stock as far as i know http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Willey
12-02-2004, 04:53 PM
Gainwards are good. They've an effectice cooling and usually they're clocked faster than default cards - by default. Those ones are called "Golden Sample". I had a Gainward GF3 Ti200 GS card that I could run at Ti500 clock settings without problems. And that's quite a difference.

Longjocks
12-02-2004, 07:23 PM
The Golden Sample is loud and the cooling isn't particularly effective. Some people say otherwise and maybe my mate was just unlucky with a defective card, who knows? He also has strange behaviour in FB/PF when he overclocks to Ultra speeds (which Gainward say this card can safely do).

antic81
12-03-2004, 08:53 AM
Hey Guys

Thanks for the responses....unfortunately me being me,lack of patience one the day and I've gone with the gainward.
Longjocks - is your mates card an ultra or a gt?
Just asking because according to overclockers (the guys I ordered from) the one I've purchased is an ultra,its not a golden Sample , just a standard ultra,but I'm sure it will kick the hell out of my 5600 that I have now!!

Ant

Marek_Steele
12-03-2004, 10:24 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Longjocks:
The Golden Sample is loud and the cooling isn't particularly effective. Some people say otherwise and maybe my mate was just unlucky with a defective card, who knows? He also has strange behaviour in FB/PF when he overclocks to Ultra speeds (which Gainward say this card can safely do). <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

This is actually a problem with some gainward 6800 bioses, you should check their forums (http://forum.gainward.de/) to see how this is being dealed.
And yes, their 6800gt gs @ultra seems quite instable unlike the reputation most GS good old models had (nut I guess there was also another fiasco back in the gf4 time). Fortunately it all seems to be a bios issue.
On the other hand gainward cards in past had always been very reliable, while I can tell you some problems I had with two msi cards simply because of bad quality of assembly.