Nvidia GeForce 6800 review

£107
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Unlike the frugal XT version, Nvidia’s GeForce 6800 is still very much a mid-range card. In terms of performance, it finds itself at the lower end of the category, but still has quite a bit more power than GeForce 6600 GT cards and slightly more on average than ATi’s

Radeon X1600 XT.

We say on average, because the X1600 XT wins some and loses other battles against the 6800. It handles Call of Duty 2 better than the 6800: its 18fps is 2fps faster. But in Far Cry, the tables are turned, with the 6800 winning by 4fps with 25fps. Of course, it means neither card is truly capable at 1,280 x 1,024.

But this Inno3D PX6800 costs £23 more than the X1600 XT, despite offering only a single DVI output, one D-SUB, and composite rather than component. The software bundle is nothing special either, consisting of InterVideo WinDVD 5 and WinDVD Creator 2.

But the biggest blow for the 6800 is that it’s the same price as the far superior 7600 GT, which instantly eliminates any reason for buying it. The Inno3D 7600 GT offers the same bundle, two DVI ports and around 36% extra in the performance department – all for just £2 more. Like the 6600 GT, although the 6800 is still around in force, the new 7 series cards will wipe it out quickly.

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