eVGA e-GeForce 6800 Ultra

Review

posted 11/8/2004 by John Yan
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A few weeks ago we took a look at the midrange GeForce 6800 series in the review of the eVGA e-GeForce 6800GT. This week Newegg.Com has sent us the top of the line GeForce 6800 card with the eVGA e-GeForce 6800 Ultra. It’s a pretty expensive card so let’s see how it matches up with the GT version and ATI’s X800 XT.



The eVGA e-GeForce 6800 Ultra is the pinnacle of the GeForce 6 series. The card is clocked at 400MHz with a memory speed of 1100MHz DDR. The Ultra card is 12.5% faster in core clock speed and 10% increase in memory speed over the GT card. Like the GeForce 6800 GT, the Ultra has 16 pipelines and a 256-bit interface. Our sample features 258MB of Samsung GDDR3 RAM. More information on the technology can be found here.

Unlike the GeForce 6800 GT, the Ultra version has two Molex connectors and two DVI ports. The two Molex connectors are to help stabilize the card when overclocking. People with two monitors that have DVI connectors will be happy to see the two DVI connectors on the card. Usually you will get one DVI and one VGA connector but the GeForce 6800 Ultra series is one of the few cards that come with two DVI connections.

With the larger cooling unit, the card becomes a two slot solution so you’ll need some free space adjacent to the AGP port. It features a large single bracket that takes up two spaces and locks in with two screws. That means that SFF owners will most likely not be able to use this card in their machine.

There’s nothing different over the reference design here. I would’ve liked to have seen something to distinguish this card from others such as a custom cooling unit but you’ll get plain vanilla card if decide to pick this one up. And because of the reference design, the bracket holds two DVI connectors and one SVGA output.

eVGA’s bundle’s pretty sparse but features one very good game in Far Cry. Far Cry’s one of my favorite games of the year and it’s one that’ll show off your new NVIDIA card. Also in the bundle is a great DVD player in NVDVD. Featuring great decoding and good CPU usage, NVDVD’s one of my favorites and I do prefer it over programs such as WinDVD and PowerDVD.

We’re going to compare the e-GeForce 6800 Ultra to the eVGA e-GeForce 6800 GT to see how much of a performance increase it is over the mid-range card and to the Sapphire Radeon X800 XT to see how it compares with a card that is in the same price range and stature. The test setup consists of:

AMD64 3200+
ABIT KT8-Max3
2 Crucial PC3200 256-MB sticks
Maxtor 200GIG 7200RPM HD
Windows XP Professional w/ Service Pack 2
NVIDIA Forceware 61.77 drivers
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