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ASUS AGP-V6800 Deluxe Geforce 256 DDR

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      18.07.2001 04:40

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      I have had this card for over a year now and have used both Nvidia and Asus drivers for it as and when they release new ones. The over clocking ability for this card is quite good. The fact it has DDR SGRAM and not DDR SDRAM makes a small but noticable difference.All the extra out lets work as they should giving reasonable video capture. A friend brought round his new PS2 to try out its composite display ability by routing the PS2 in/out of the card and onto my monitor. He commented it was considerably better than his creative geforce 256. The CPU I had with this up untill recently was a P3 @ 733mhz with a 133 fsb. this gave alround good results for all programmes and games. Compatibility with all manner of other periphials. I over clocked the cards core and memory to 140 and 340 respectivly and the cpu upto 781mhz, Quake 3 gives 100.3 fsp and 3D Mark gave a 5012 score. I have now the same set up except the cpu now is a P3 @ 1ghz unclocked the new Q3 fsp is 118 and the 3D mark is now 6880, both sets of test done at 16 bit and 1024 x 768. Compare this to some of the newer cards and even at 32 bit quake gives 94 fsp and 3D Mark gives 6457 with the 1ghz, (never did the 32 bit test with 733mhz cpu). The price of this card has come down as well approx £99+ vat from quite a few places. Compare this to a new MX2 200 or MX2 400 as I have manage to due to a couple of my friends having the same cpu etc and there marks are way down on mine. This card is a cracking bit of kit for a realy cheap price and for all those budding video capture wanna bes it come with all the software you need to get started before shelling out big money should you get really good at it. The 3d glasses make for some fun as well. This card has never given me a days trouble I shan't need a new card for a while even now.

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      05.09.2000 23:39
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      This is a highly impressive card. Admittedly it has been superceded by the 7700 (and all the other GTS 2 cards), but despite this, the V6800 is a damn fine piece of kit. The card provides both video in (S-VHS) and video out (S-VHS and composite), as well as offering support for a pair of stereoscopic goggles (supplied). (Please note - I have not tried all of the features of the card yet - I will update this opinion accordingly when I have). A number of additional features make this card very attractive to those who like to squeeze the ultimate performance out of their machines - for example there is a hardware monitor which allows dynamic overclocking (with added intelligence) - when the PC is idle or not making full use of the card, the clockspeed can be automatically reduced to prolong the life of the card, while as soon as a graphic intensive product is loaded, the clockspeed will revert back to its overclocked status. Speed wise, the Asus board is similar to every other GeForce 256 card running DDR RAM (noticably faster than those running non-DDR RAM). It appears to be faster than many of the popular cards such as the Creative DDR card, but this is only by a few frames per second and will probably make little difference to everyday performance. There is a good selection of software provided with the card, including Asus' version of the WinDVD DVD player. This extra functionality and software does add to the price of the card, pushing it to approx. £230 - this price will come down as the GeForce 2 cards become more widespread. Overall a good AGP 4x card with some nice features and fast benchmarks.

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