Originally Posted by Robilar
The quoted power consumption for a GeForce 8800 GTX is 177 Watts. For the new GeForce 8800 Ultra, running at higher clock speeds, the quoted power consumption is 175 Watts.
The highest OC that HardOCP could get on an aircooled ultra is 650/1115. Look in the top gpu oc's to see how close we can get. nuclearjock got 660/1053 on a gtx. Thats pretty close for a lot less dough.
The GTX at 660/1053 will use WAY more power than the ultra at the same speeds. Not to mention it will have to be visciously cooled.
Besides, the discussion is on the new water cooled black pearl edition ultra.
In the end it really doesn't matter, because the arguments arising from this thread is that a true overclocker could do just as well with a gtx as an ultra. When in reality Ultras can hit over 900Mhz cores with vmods on water cooling, where GTX's can only hit mid 700's.
You want pretty close for a lot less dough? My 7900GS after a mild overclock played everything maxed except for oblivion. Literally everything. So that means that the rest of the 7900/7950 series are completely worthless? Does that also mean x1900xt - x1950xtx from ATI are worthless?
The ultra is an exspensive card. And no, theres no way in hell it has any price/preformance ratio worth looking at. But that doesn't mean its a waste of a card. That doesn't mean its a waste of money. And that doesn't under ANY circumstances mean that a GTX somehow is comparable to it in preformance.
Want a real test at what you're paying the extra 300 dollars for? Downclock a stock ultra to stock GTX speeds. Measure power output, temperature, speeds, etc. Guess who wins? Ultra. Landslide. Power output and temperature all lead to what? More overclocking headroom. So if anything, the extra 300 dollars is to be payed by enthusiasts and overclockers, who LOVE headroom to the point where they're willing to pay 300 dollars for it.
Not everyone has to have economy builds just to call themselves overclockers. I accept that fact that even though my 7900GS can run my games at max, and it was 200$ less than a 7900GTX, that it still gets obliterated by the 7900GTX in benchmarking. I also understand that some people just enjoy having the best machines they can. You're at overclock.net, maybe you should start understanding that too.