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post #1 of 17
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In my journey for a new Graphics card, I have started to think that the X800 series would be nice, but it dosent have SM3.0.

So this is my question.

Would it be better to get a X850GTO2 for 80$ or a 6800Gt for 120$

Also, I understand that without SM3.0, you cannot max out games quality, but cant it pick up that lost quality with more AA?

thanks!!!
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post #2 of 17
X850GTO2

by the way, i think its x800 gto2.

SM3 does make a noticable difference, but the x850gto2 will be better. If you were getting an 7600GT on the other hand for the price of 120 (NEW) then it would be worth it.
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To tell you the truth SM3 doesnt really make a big difference to me... things are just a little more bright and have more glare.
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post #4 of 17
Are you going to flash the x800GTO2 into a x800xt? If you aren't then the 6800GT is a much more powerful card.
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post #5 of 17
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I know that the X850 is a powerhouse, but I am more concerned about the imigae quality.

And I dont like the 7600GT AGP cards, most are on par or bellow a 6800GS~

EDIT: Yeah, i plan to make it the X850XT PE, like it is claimed and proven to do.
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post #6 of 17
Good luck,
I love my X800GTO (R480 core like X850 cards) it almost scores 7k in 3dmark05, even though I can't fully unlock it to a X850XT/PE (stuck at 12/6). Once I get my Zalman ramsinks, I will surely break 7k.

If you're planning to keep your AGP set-up for a long time (1-2 more years) I recommend getting a SM3.0 supporting card (6800NU/GS/GT, 7600GS/GTS/GT, or X1600 series) because newer games are taking more advantage of SM3 over SM2, but if you're looking to make the switch to PCI-E in the near future, I would recommend the cheaper SM2 supporting card, X800/X850 series.
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post #7 of 17
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My bad, I realized they don't make a GTO2 AGP....

but still, The X800 series in general, Will I notice a difference from a 6800 series card?

this card is my last big push untill I leave AGP...
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post #8 of 17
SM3 allows the implementation of HDR in most games that support it excepting games based on the source engine. If HDR is a big deal to you then get a card that supports SM3. If you want the card that can run the games at the highest quality with the exception of HDR and certain lighting effects in some games then get the x800.
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post #9 of 17
Games that rely heavily on lighting (like Splinter Cell: Double Agent) REQUIRE it. Other than that it is optional, for now. But I can easily imagine it will become a minimum requirement in the next year or so.
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post #10 of 17
i got the x850pro which is great and on par w/ x800gto2
look at my Oblivion screens everything on high
!note!: im using FRAPS so fps went down about 4-7 fps
LINK: http://www.oldblivion.com/sm/index.php?topic=2476.0
NOT WITH OLDBLIVION!!
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