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Old 3rd May 2007, 01:43   #1
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Default The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra is an utter waste of money

Let's review the facts. First, our performance data shows the 8800 Ultra to perform on par with our EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX KO ACS3. Certainly the 8800 Ultra nudges the EVGA part out of the lead, but the performance difference is minimal at best. The price difference, however, is huge. We can easily find the EVGA card for its retail price of $650, while NVIDIA expects us to pay $180 more for what amounts to a repositioned cooling fan and updated silicon. Foxconn also offers an overclocked GTX for $550 that has essentially the same clocks as the EVGA KO ACS3 (Foxconn is 630/2000 versus 626/2000 for EVGA), making $830 even more unreasonable.

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Old 3rd May 2007, 15:19   #2
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I think the title sums it up nicely
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Old 3rd May 2007, 16:05   #4
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Indeed. I suggested you use that line as your summary paragraph but much better as title!

That Foxconn 8800GTX is not a bad deal at all it seems. I'll definitely take a look at 8800 pricing once Radeon X2900 is widely available.

And my 3 month old, $250 X1950 XT is now only $180 at Newegg, no rebate even. Helluva deal for this powerful card.
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I would hold on to your X1950XT for another year or two, unless you're looking to run games at 1600x1200 + AA/AF with the latest DX10 games..
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interesting, the trend of reviewers telling the truth continues
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interesting, the trend of reviewers telling the truth continues
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I would hold on to your X1950XT for another year or two, unless you're looking to run games at 1600x1200 + AA/AF with the latest DX10 games..
Good point if I hadn't scored a Apple 23" Cinema Display HD from work with a native 1920x1200 native resolution. Going back and playing Far Cry, HL2 and Doom 3 is a whole new experience at that res in widescreen! Oblivion looks freakin' phenomonal but I can only look around (~10 FPS). I play at 1280x800, 2X/8X (30-40 FPS)

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1920x1200 ... even GTX will be stressing for AA/AF action
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1920x1200 ... even GTX will be stressing for AA/AF action

Yeah. Though our favorite $830 dollar video card got 35.5 at 1920x1200 4x/8x Ultra in this very review...

Still though, I am impressed with what this X1950 XT can do so far. Maybe I will hold off longer and I can add a cpu upgrade to the mix. Wouldn't mind the extra cache of the e6420. I'll let Crysis performance on my current setup be the final judge perhaps.
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