View Full Version : Linux drivers out... now where is that elusive 6800?

30th June 2004, 18:03
For those interested, the linux drivers that support nVidia's 6800 family of cards is now out on their website, but where are the freaking cards??

I'm wanting to get the Leadtek 6800 GT, but haven't been able to find a shop anywhere for them...


30th June 2004, 19:30
Bit different from ATI(or matrox for that matter) eh, drivers available before you need them.

I am defintely going to start putting a few dollars away for a 6800 gt in the future.

1st July 2004, 02:27
Yep they are almost unfindable or very exspensive if you find one. It seems NVidia has the best drivers for Linux atm. I asked some friends yesterday about there ATI linux drivers experiences and they all advised to stay away from ATI for linux.

1st July 2004, 04:17
Yup, which is THE reason (only reason) I'll buy nVidia over ATI. I'm looking to move away from Windows (due to Longhorn's DRM crap and other reasons) and go all the way with linux. And need some good drivers for the video card, and nVidia, while closed source, is doing a good job at supporting them. They even have a killer interface for them now :D


1st July 2004, 08:11
Best deal, if you're willing to wait:

CompUSA has 30% off all PNY videocards this week. The Geforce 6800GT is listed as "coming soon" at $399.

You can do a prepay at 30% off that price, or $279. You don't know when it will actually come in, but it is a great deal if you're willing to wait...

1st July 2004, 17:16
That's not a bad deal at all, but the question is, how much of a difference is the PNY over the Leadtek one? The Leadtek one has a sweet fan system on it, which, depending on what site you visit, has either 28-30db noise on the fan...


1st July 2004, 18:09
I'm not sure about the fan.

When you consider the price difference, that goes a long way towards a new cooling system...

1st July 2004, 20:01
Water cooling for me, I already have an overkill radiator for my cpu water block, I just need to find a 6800 compatible water block and I'll be a happy little camper.

3rd July 2004, 06:44

eVGA (http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-130-202&depa=1) $299

eVGA (http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-130-203&depa=1) $435
Chaintech (http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-145-085&depa=1) $540 (?)

Chaintech (http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=14-145-086&depa=1) $599

6th July 2004, 09:36
Originally posted by leech
I'm looking to move away from Windows (due to Longhorn's DRM crap and other reasons)

I heard MS was going to drop DRM or at least rethink it since they weren't getting any support from developers for it.

6th July 2004, 16:14
yeah, but that's only one reason upon many that I don't think I'll go for Longhorn. Actually, from everything I've been reading, most of the things that would make it worth anything have been cancelled (WinFS for one.)