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Albatron GeForce 6800GT Videocard Review

Albatron GeForce 6800GT Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Albatron's 6800GT is not quite as fast 6800 Ultra version, but with its core running at 350MHz it is still plenty powerful!
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Oct 08 2004   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking the Albatron 6800GT

First let's state the obvious, the Albatron 6800 GT is one fast videocard, even at stock speeds. I'm positive it has enough power to keep even the most enthusiastic gamer happy; overclocking is simply for the benchmark freaks like myself, or for an added edge in games. Starting with the core at 350 MHz (by default), I immediately raised it to GeForce 6800 Ultra levels - 400 MHz. As expected, the Albatron 6800GT ran with absolutely no problems. We passed 410 MHz, 420 MHz and even 430 MHz before hitting the overclocking wall at 436 MHz. The card didn't exactly artifact above that speed, but rather pause momentarily during benchmarks. Obviously no good, back to 436MHz we went.

With the NV40 core up to the challenge of overclocking, I had some high hopes for the memory. 2ns DDR III certainly sounds fast, and so we began to raise the clock speed in small increments from 1GHz on up. We easily passed the 1.05 GHz mark, but quickly petered out at 1.06 GHz. Still, I guess that's nothing to scoff at.

I tried to run both the core and memory of the Albatron 6800GT at their maximum overclocked speeds, but we were met with a weird pausing problems in the benchmarks. Lowering the core speed to 433 MHz fixed that, and we were able to keep the memory at 1.06 GHz for the benchmarks to follow.

PCStats Test System Specs:
System 1 System 2
Processor:

Intel Pentium 4 540

Intel Pentium 4 3.0C

Clock Speed: 16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz 15 x 200 MHz = 3.0 GHz
Motherboards:

Gigabyte 8ANXP-D, i925X

Gigabyte 8KNXP, i875P

Videocard:

Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V
Gigabyte GV-NX57128D
MSI PCX5750-TD128
Albatron Trinity PC5900

ATi Radeon 9800XT
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro
ATi Radeon 9700 Pro
Asus Radeon 9600XT
MSI FX5950 Ultra-TD128
MSI FX5900U-VTD256
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128
AOpen GeForceFX 5900XT
Albatron GeForce 6800GT

Memory:

2x 256MB Crucial PC4300 DDR2

2x 256MB Corsair TwinX 3200LL

Hard Drive: 40GB WD Special Ed 40GB WD Special Ed
CDROM: MSI X48 CD-RW/DVD-ROM NEC 52x CD-ROM
PowerSupply: Vantec Stealth 470W Vantec Stealth 470W
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.02.1012
Forceware 61.77

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.02.1012
Catalyst 4.6
Detonator 61.77

Benchmarks

3DMark2001SE
CodeCreatures
AquaMark
AquaMark3
X2 The Threat
UT2003
Doom 3

AA Test, AF and AA+AF Test
3DMark2001SE
X2 The Threat
UT2003

The AGP and PCI-E systems are different, but the results are being included for reference.We usually run Gun Metal 2 benchmarks to show DX9 power, but for some reason whenever we ran the benchmark it would crash back to desktop. We only experienced this issue on that benchmark, so perhaps there's a compatibility problem somewhere.

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Contents of Article: Albatron 6800GT
 Pg 1.  Albatron GeForce 6800GT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  IQ tests and GPU
 Pg 3.  — Overclocking the Albatron 6800GT
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3Dmark2001, CodeCreatures
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 3
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks:UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 10.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 11.  Advanced Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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