SA wrote:I'm building a gaming AMD 64 3500+ (socket 939) based PC for a friend and we are trying to decide of the Video card. We have decided to go for PCI express. But I can't see the difference between a GeForce FX Series board and the equivalent Geforce 6 Series. Same goes for ATI 9800 vs. x800. Which series be more of a gaming card and why ?
First and formost, the x800 and Geforce 6800 are aprox. 100% faster then their slower bretheren (9800 and FX 5950).
The Geforce FX series has weak Directx 9 rendering capabilities (which is evident enough to make Valve drop DX9 support for FX cards in Half-Life 2). The ATI 9800XT is faster than the Geforce FX 5950.
The latest ATI card (I think it is like the x850PE or something rediculas) is a smige
faster than the Geforce 6800 Ultra BUT
the 6800 Ultra (and every other 6xxx card) supports DirectX 9.0c (which no ATI card does at the moment, quite a big advantage for nVidia there). On top of that, there are those new SLI motherboards that let you combine the power of TWO nVidia SLI-enabled cards, which makes for some insane graphical prowess. Best of the best? Geforce 6800 Ultra. If you don't want to spend that much, the Radeon 9800 PRO (or XT) ain't too bad either...