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X800XT vs. GeForce 6800

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ENIGMACODE Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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Nov 15, 2012 3:31 PM




Hope you guys are well. Chris, I know we've explored these issues before. Forgive the repetition. Still working on a G5 SP 1.8 for a friend in need. He'll be using an older version of FC. The app will work fine, but I'd like to upgrade his 9600 Radeon to either an Applemacanix flashed X800XT, or one of those 6800's we talked about. The 6800, (Nvidia A220 GeForce 6800 603-7710), is used of course, (with 30 day return), from reputable Ebayer. And it's also cheaper. Waddyatink? Which way?




  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)
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    Nov 16, 2012 5:16 AM (in response to ENIGMACODE)

    The flashed X800XT (FireGL) is a good card.


    Running at Apple OEM X800XT clocks, it is slower than with the FireGL clock. The card, though, running faster (at FireGL clock speeds and faster) heats things up fast.  I have one OC'd to 550 MHz, but also have a Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer on it.

    It's a bit of a struggle to cool the FireGL with it's stock cooler, even at OEM ROM settings.


    The flashed X800 is a single slot card, good for PCI card placement, has a dual link DVI port and provides very strong OpenGL support for OS X.

    Weak coolers follow previous Radeon cards.....


    FC? Motion?

    I'd get the Geforce 6800 Ultra:

  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 2:31 AM (in response to ENIGMACODE)

    Yeah, I saw that it was an Ultra in the description. Good deal on an excellent card!


    Happy T-day to you, too!


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