Originally Posted by Codename_47
ATI drivers are fantastic now, they use to be crap but anymore. If that card is faster then ULTRA and requires no new MOBO swap, screw the ULTRA for me. 16 pipes is enough for me to forget the ULTRA real quick and a hint its gonna kick the Ultra's a$$!!! Game on!!!
What makes you think it will "kick the ultra's ass"? Just because it has 16 pipes doesn't mean anything. While I don't doubt it will be faster in lower resolutions (e.g. 1680x1050) with AA/AF turned up, it won't be the huge amount you have in your head. Just to give you an example, I OC'd my X800XT PE (desktop) to 601/590 mhz last night vs my 6800 Go Ultra at 495 mhz to compare fps differences in an HL2 benchmark. Settings used were 1600x1200 2xAA/8xAF, maximum quality and no filter optimizations (even though the ATi card by default uses brilinear filtering and that cannot be turned off unless I download the ATi bloatware Catalyst Control Center).
The results showed the ATi card achieving 14 more frames per second (66.2 vs 52.7). While that is pretty good, consider the clockrate
I had my XT PE operating at. I can almost guarantee you that the X800XT present in the AW system will be much lower clocked - I'm guessing 375-400 core/1 ghz memory so don't be surprised if it only barely edges out the 6800 Go Ultra. You might get lucky and be able to OC it to respectable levels but that really depends on what process ATi constructs these things with and how AW goes about managing the increased heat - Clevo clones aren't well known for thermal effeciency after all.