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AMD/ATi R600 vs. nVidia 8800GTX

Poll Results: AMD/ATi vs. nVidia

 
  • 66% (12)
    AMD/ATi R600 + RD600
  • 33% (6)
    Asus 680i + eVGA 8800GTX
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post #1 of 13
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Okay, so, I'm going to build a gaming rig in March and I'm going to leave the components stock. I know what the majority of my parts will be...

-bluegears B-Enspirer
-Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
-G. Skill 2GB DDR2 1000 HZ

However, I do not know what Motherboard or GPU to get. I have two options...

1. AMD/ATi First Party R600 + Asus RD600 Motherboard
or
2. eVGA 8800GTX + Asus P5N32-E 680i SLi Motherboard

I saw that DFI's RD600 board was worse than the Asus 680i Motherboard, so, do you think the Asus RD600 board will be worse than the 680i as well? Or should I wait until everything is out and they have reviews, then pick the better one? As of right now, what looks like a better combination? Also, would it a good decision to go with the fastest board paired with the fastest card even though I might go CrossFire/SLi later on?

Thanks!
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Anyone know when the new 1333FSB Intel processors will be coming out?

I wouldn't get too hung up on your components right now. March is still 3 months away. Plenty of time for surprise developments and new parts.
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Its impossible to tell until the R600 is out.
    
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I can predict those ATi drivers of nightmare already........
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post #5 of 13
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I think the refreshed Conroe line up - 1333FSB Conroes - will be out Q1'07, so, pretty soon. You think that there'll be another Chipset or GPU coming out between now and March? ATi's DirectX 10 solutions aren't even out yet while nVidia has just entered the Market recently with there nForce 680i and 8800 Lineup.

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Let me summarize it for you.

-R600 shader power > 8800GTX shader power.
-8800GTX raw FPS (0xAA) > R600 raw FPS (0xAA).
-SLI efficiency > Crossfire efficiency.
-GeForce driver CPU usage > Radeon driver CPU usage.
-GeForce overclocking > Radeon overclocking.

Since you won't be overclocking much or at all, I'm leaning towards ATI's R600. You didn't list what sort of monitor you have or will have, but I'm guessing that at lowish resolutions(1280x1024?), you'll want the best image quality possible. That means you'll probably end up going ATI, since unless they mess up, R600 will have superior IQ to an 8800GTX.

Now as for SLI or Crossfire...SLI has proven it can get between 60-100% framerate improvements in certain new games. The implementation seems to be superior to Crossfire, so it is a consideration if you want to buy a second card. nVidia(actually - 3DFX) pioneered the tech, and seems to have done it the best.
     
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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post
Let me summarize it for you.

-R600 shader power > 8800GTX shader power.
-8800GTX raw FPS (0xAA) > R600 raw FPS (0xAA).
-SLI efficiency > Crossfire efficiency.
-GeForce driver CPU usage > Radeon driver CPU usage.
-GeForce overclocking > Radeon overclocking.

Since you won't be overclocking much or at all, I'm leaning towards ATI's R600. You didn't list what sort of monitor you have or will have, but I'm guessing that at lowish resolutions(1280x1024?), you'll want the best image quality possible. That means you'll probably end up going ATI, since unless they mess up, R600 will have superior IQ to an 8800GTX.

Now as for SLI or Crossfire...SLI has proven it can get between 60-100% framerate improvements in certain new games. The implementation seems to be superior to Crossfire, so it is a consideration if you want to buy a second card. nVidia(actually - 3DFX) pioneered the tech, and seems to have done it the best.
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post #8 of 13
I can run all day at 500 FSB with the Asus P5N32-E. That alone is an endorsement. I've seen others get as high as 534 on air. Pair that with an 8800 series card and you can really smoke.
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How about you wait until the R600 is out? This is pointless.
    
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I can run all day at 500 FSB with the Asus P5N32-E. That alone is an endorsement. I've seen others get as high as 534 on air. Pair that with an 8800 series card and you can really smoke.
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