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September 2004 3Digest:
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 128MB DDR (325/700 MHz)

This GPU is presented by Palit GeForce 6800 card.


  • NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra (12 (3x4) pixel and 5 vertex pipelines), 325 MHz clock;
  • 128MB DDR SGRAM in Hynix BGA chips. 350 (700) MHz max. memory clock.
  • 256-bit bus;
  • Peak fill rate in the multitexturing mode without optimizations is 3900 megapixels/sec and 3900 megatexels/sec.

By the end of the month the product costs $320-350, supports DirectX 9.0c (shaders 3.0).

This is a new-generation product for $300-350 segment. Supports all innovations, including shaders 3.0. 2.8ns fetch indicates the actual 350 (700) MHz clock.

This is a rather popular card with considerable GPU power and moderate price. Pity, but you might stumble upon 6800LE cards with 8 pixel and 4 vertex pipelines that are named the same. Or 12-pipeline 6800 cards with 4 of 5 vertex shaders. Therefore be careful. The new version of RivaTuner (available at www.guru3d.com) not only shows you the exact number of pipelines, but can manage them if not blocked in hardware.

Anyway, the 15.2 of this utility will allow you to enable all 16 pixel and 6 vertex pipelines of NV40 bypassing the hardware lock. But this will be like a lottery, as only your experience will tell if they will be operable or not.

You can read more on GeForce 6 Series in our reviews: Theoretical and analytical graphics card reviews containing functional analysis of NVIDIA GPUs.

On September 10, 2004 the latest drivers from NVIDIA were 65.76, 66.31 for Windows XP.

Andrey Vorobiev (Anvakams@ixbt.com)

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