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geforce 6800XT 256MB vs GeForece 6600 512mb DDR2

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I have a choice between XFX geforce 6800XT DDR3 256MB versus an XFX geforce 6600 DDR2 512 MB. which is better? in terms of long term support is it better to have more memory integrated or faster DDr for later games?

For example later on If i dont have enough memory on the 256, will it be possible to borrow some from the system when a game is running?
Or, is DDR2 gonna perform acceptably for at leas 3 or 4 years? Please send me a review link or something comparing the two if you find one...
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Here's an XFX DDR2 review.
If you have AGP then I'd go for the 6800XT since there are chances you'll be able to unlock it. Newer PCI-E versions are almost impossible to unlock.
Even so... the 6800XT uses a 256 bits memory interface which easily makes up for the speed its DDR memory lacks when compared to DDR2.
I think 256MB is still more than enough for today's games. Many people still play them on a 6600GT 128MB.
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Get the 6800XT. When in doubt, get the bigger number.

DDR2 is not very good. A more common comparison is the (normal, that XFX is a high-performance XT, basicly a lower clocked/less pipelined GS) 128mb 256bit DDR 6800XT vs the 128mb 128bit GDDR3 6600GT.
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It is an xfx geforce 6800XT Pci-e, i believe Gddr3.

question 1: what percentage chance that i will be able to unlock 1,2,3 or all the remaining pipelines?

question 2: I am exchanging it from a X1600 DDR2 512MB Pci-e crosfire ready which i bough for 159 $ on ebay. I am exchanging it from the same seller.
the 6800XT vs the x1600 512mb, should i ask him for a difference, if so how much of a difference?
because obviously the x1600 has MOREmemory but the XT has FASTER memory, so I dont know which would be valued more...
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What you could do for security....is spend about 30 pounds extra and go for the GS. For me the 6800XT costs about....110 pounds. I can now get a GS for about 140. BUt i would go for the XT over the 6600.
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- for the 6800XT pcie there is no chance you can unlock something (0%chance)
- 6800XT vs x1600XT I'd go for the ati, but not only because of the 512ram, so I'm not very sure he'll give you a bonus. It doesn't hurt to try thow.
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the ati card is X1600Pro ddr2 not xt.

Update: Would any of you guyz recomend purchasing something from china, england or iceland on ebay?
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England may be ok, but with the shiping taxes, dunno
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Get the 6800XT, it will be faster than both your x1600 with 512 ram and a 6600 with 512mb ram. It really doesnt matter how much ram you have as long as its 128mb or more. If you had a card with 128mb of ram but was as fast as a 7800gtx with 512 ram (i mean core clocks and memory speeds) it would be just about as fast. What im sayiong in the end is go with the 6800XT because it is far faster.
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That's all i needed to hear,
I dont even know why they make so much more memory if the card wont run faster or more stable, they can invest the production ressources to make faster and "stabler' cards...
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