This card does for NVIDIA what the X800 GTO did for ATI a short time ago. The X800 GTO falls short in terms of value compared to the 6800 GS, which is both impressive and exactly why NVIDIA wanted to bring it out now. With initial prices on upcoming ATI parts looking to be a little high for their performance, this seals a recommendation for NVIDIA for the holiday season: if you've got about $220 to spend on a graphics card, the 6800 GS is the part to have.
Of course, if you are the adventurous kind and enjoy modding your hardware, the X800 GTO does have something to offer. Most of these cards are easily overclockable and/or flashable to 16 pixel pipelines. The 6800 GS won't allow anyone to unlock extra pipelines as the silicon is built around 12 pixel pipes to save die area. Getting good results with the X800 GTO is not guaranteed, but for those willing to take the risk, the option is there.
Originally posted by: whovous
My reading indicates you need to get the Sapphire X800 GTO2 to be sure of unlocking the extra pipes. Some regular GTOs unlock and some don't.
The GTO2 is a little tough to find, and if you choose to buy it from a vendor you've heard of before, it will run about $270, while the 6800GS is sliding close to or below $200.
So, you pay an extra $70 for a little more performance, and need to decide if it is worth the extra trouble. The pictures of the GTO2 made the decision easy for me. That is one ugly looking card. I've just ordered a Tsunami Dream case with a window, and I don't want that monstrosity staring back at me. I intend to find tonight's best 6800GS price and order one.
Originally posted by: tvdang7
just get the connect 3d x800 gto for 75 bucks cheaper and unlock it.... yea the gs beats in stock but not unlock
Originally posted by: ITPaladin
seems better to just get a x800xl at $180 shipped so you get 16 pipes.