GeForce 6800 GS AGP spotted

Written by Tim Smalley

December 8, 2005 | 05:41

Tags: #6800 #agp #geforce #gs #gto #pci-express #x800 #x800gto

Companies: #ati #nvidia #xfx

We have just spotted XFX's GeForce 6800 GS AGP listed on Komplett's video card page.

There has been increasing speculation surrounding the release of both ATI and NVIDIA launching AGP versions of their latest products to fill a void in the market. It looks like GeForce 6800 GS AGP will be announced on Tuesday the 13th.

Not surprisingly, AGP is still the most popular interconnect for mid-to-high end video cards. Many consumers just don't have the cash to upgrade their entire system in order to buy a video card capable of playing today's latest games at high resolution with decent frame rates.

As such, they're left with the option of getting a low-end PCI-Express solution, or keeping their current AGP-based system and upgrading the video card. Unfortunately, there is a current lack of high-end AGP parts, with production of AGP-based Radeon X800 XT, Radeon X850 XT and GeForce 6800-series cards starting to dry up.

There is no concrete information on clock speeds just yet, but we wouldn't be surprised if the reference design was clocked at 430/1000MHz, just like the PCI-Express version. The card listed on Komplett's page is an Extreme Edition, so we can expect it to be clocked higher than those reference clock speeds.

We are also expecting ATI to launch Radeon X800GTO AGP, in order to get rid of the remaining R420 and R481 cores. The standard clocks for that card are likely to be somewhere around 400/1000MHz, and will have twelve pixel pipelines and six vertex shaders. We're not sure whether there will be an X800GTO2 AGP just yet, however.

This news follows the rumours surrounding an AGP based GeForce 7800-series card. Are you still in the market for an AGP card? This would be an ideal replacement for a GeForce 6600 GT or Radeon 9800 Pro. Let us know what you think in the forums.
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