9650 vs. 6800 Ultra

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by jtt, May 1, 2005.

  1. jtt macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2005
    My dilema continues...

    How much difference would I actually see between the two using FC, AE, and Motion
    on a PM 2.3? Is the $450 more really worth it for the 6800?
  2. haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    The 6800 GT or Ultra are awesome cards for gaming, however with the new Core Image/Video features of Tiger they will also be powering even more of those real-time effects which make video editing much easier. For the moment they difference may not be hugely noticeable, but if you can afford it then you will see the benefits as more and more of the processing is offloaded onto the GPUs, and the 6800 is one hell of a powerful one.

    A consideration that may be important for you, if you have, or intend to have a RAID array for storing video (they are necessary for capturing HD video in real-time, and greatly improve loading time), then the fact that the 6800's take up both the AGP slot (slot 1) and one of the 100mhz PCI slots (slot 2) might be a consideration for you as PCI slots can be at a premium for video-editing as you start wanting high quality video input cards etc.
  3. carlos700 macrumors regular


    Dec 17, 2004
    Omaha, NE
    Apple has some benchmarks between the ATI RADEON 9650 and the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL on their graphics portion of the Power Mac G5 website. Click Here.
  4. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    These specs are tragic. The 6800 is a beast, but the X800 from ATI still beats it on most stuff! And is cheaper!
  5. bjewett macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Champaign, IL
    6800 Ultra etc etc

    Could someone post a URL where someone has published comparisons of the X800 and 6800? And is it right that the X800 is a newer card than the 6800 Ultra, which I gather is a year old?


  6. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    Wow with those kind of framerates the MAC is starting to pull its own against the PC world of gaming. It is refreshing to see game framerates creeping up towards 100FPS now at higher resolutions.
  7. jtt thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2005
    Thanks everyone. The comparison is rather drastic.

  8. OziMac macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2003
    Where to buy

    Does anyone have any recommendations on where to pick up the Mac edition of the X800 at a good price (and that ships internationally)? Cheers :)

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