- ASUS V9999 GeForce 6800 Gamers Edition 256MB
Nothing out of the ordinary in terms of ASUS feature-rich goodness here. Hexus have their latest V9999 6800 Gamers Edition card on the table for review today, with a few noteworthy differences to it such as 256mb of GDDR3 memory operating at an equivilent GT's speed of 1GHz (as opposed to the usual vanilla powered 700mhz). It even uses 2 sources of molex power like the GT/Ultra cards further implying that perhaps these may have been initially failed ultra's. A great buy if you can't quite afford a full blown 6800GT.
NVIDIA's tried to draw a definite distinction between its GeForce 6800 range of cards. For the most part, the distinction is clear. 6800 Ultras and GTs use the full complement of 16 rendering pipelines and 256MB of high-speed GDDR3 memory. Vanilla 6800s are supposed to be equipped with a lesser 12-pipe rendering setup and slower DDR1 memory that's limited, in the main, to 128MB. Vanilla 6800s are positioned at around the £200 mark, making them significantly cheaper than the premium GPUs.
ASUS, however, is doing its level best to ensure that the performance deviation between vanilla 6800s and GT/Ultra models is kept to a minimum. It looks like an impossible task; 6800s are fundamentally slower. One would have to somehow graft on 256MB of high-speed GDDR3 memory at the very least. ASUS appears to have done exactly that with its V9999 GeForce 6800 Gamers Edition card, and raised regular 6800s' memory speed from 700MHz to a GT-matching 1GHz.
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