nvidea 6800 vs. ati x800xt

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by billyergs, May 5, 2005.

  1. billyergs macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2005
    If you had to make a descision which would you pick?
  2. Lord ZipLoc macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2005
    ati x800xt its a better card check out tomshardware.com for reviews
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    The 6800 does some things better. The x800 does some things better. The xt is slightly better overall. They both kick ass. I don't think apple sells the x800 though.
  4. carlos700 macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2004
    Omaha NE
    I agree with the above posts. Although the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL can power two 30" Apple Studio HD Displays whereas the ATI RADEON X800 XT cannot. Most people do not find this a concern.

    I would go with the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL if you are purchasing a new Power Mac G5 or wish to run two 30" HD Displays.

    I would go with the ATI RADEON X800 XT if you already own a Power Mac G5.
  5. cmvsm macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2004
    The 6800 is also a big sucker. It's so long that it blocks a PCI slot. Not to mention, it's been out a while and is becoming a bit long in the tooth. I'd go with the X800 hands down.
  6. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Basically, the 6800 will perform better in most games (by a hair), while the X800 will do better in GUI stuff (again, by a hair). Basically it comes down to which you want, and ATI has a MUCH better driver set, so I think thats a no brainer. Plus, as others said, it doesnt use as much power (think heat + fan noise) and doesnt block a PCI slot.
  7. cmvsm macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2004
    Here's a great Barefeats comparison of the x800 and 6800GT. Looks as if the X800 man handles the 6800 in all tests but one (which was motion).

  8. Jonnie macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2004
    indeed both are fast. i am more an ati fan tho. like crazyeddie said, they have way better drivers. and u can use the ati display utility which can be a handy tool.
  9. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    If and when I purchase a Power Mac G5, it would be the nvidea 6800. Because that is the one that Apple sells and is capable of running 30" Display. It does make it hard when something is evenly matched. Continues to drool.

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