Wow Ultra really sucks, I thought they integrated the highly-overclockable Hynix chips on a black PCB but they're still using Samsung! This is paying more for just better looking but technically lower-quality first generation GTX.
Originally Posted by Sun
Just so you all know, Ihatethedukes posted links with screenies:
Posted by ViperJohn
If this were part of the OCN Top 30 Benching PCs the scores would be:
2900XT 1GB: 152707
8800 Ultra: 159677
This puts the 8800 Ultra in 9th place under NCSA (160303, 4.41Ghz X6800, 8800GTX 660/2040) and above TheAlienwareGamer (159650, 3.6Ghz E6600, SLi 8800GTS 320MB 620/1820). The 2900XT 1GB falls in 10th below TheAlienwareGamer (159650, 3.6Ghz E6600, SLi 8800GTS 320MB 620/1820) and above 3$steak (142004, 3.2Ghz E6400, SLi 8800GTS 320MB 602/1804).
To quote ViperJohn himslef, the 8800 Ultra is better, but ~$300 better?
This is the most
we have right now, and I will take it as legit.
(Look at the insane shader clocks on the 8800 Ultra!)
We all know that pre-overclocked GTX = Ultra so don't bother pulling the price argument into this. Let's take some real world pricing, using Newegg as reference.
Cheapest 8800GTS 640MB, $359.99
Cheapest HD 2900XT, $409.99
Cheapest 8800GTX, $549.99
Can you confirm that the 1GB model will cost $409.99? It'd be at least $50 more, GDDR4 isn't cheap, and even if it is as cheap as GDDR3, it still has twice the amount so the price will go accordingly. I can't help it if you have to take it as legit just because it favors the 2900 a bit. Comparing with the people in the top 30 would not work, every setup varies, hence why there is a 8800GTS rig, a SLI 7900GT rig, and multiple 8800GTX rigs beating a 8800Ultra rig.