Okay, this is my thinking. That the XL will have too many pipelines so that the core clock cant pump them all full enough of data to make it truly efficient.
But, the GTO has 12 with the 100mhz increase in core clock. So, it is able to fill up the pipelines with data much faster. Although with four lines less, it might bottle neck.
So now to my quesion.
Is the four pipeline difference major? I mean with the four line increase you have the 100mhz decrease in core clock. Like, I have the X300se. It has four pixle pipelines. And I know if I doubled those pipelines, it would have a major effect reguardless of the core clock. But, when you get up there, and start to get high clock speeds, and 12+ pipelines, I really dont think that the four pipelines would make a difference.
Also take into the account the price. GTO is 124 after rebate as the XL is like 142. So is the four pipelines worth like 20 dollars?
And lastly, my last question.
If we said that the 16pipelines is even debatibly worth the extra money, would the loss of the 100mhz core be noticeable.
Let me try and say this better...
Lets say I get both the XL and the GTO. I plug each into the exact same computer. Play the same game on High settings. Now, with the XL having 100mhz less core, but four pipelines have better performance then the GTO with four less pipelines, but 100mhz faster core? And when I say "notice a difference" I mean literally, not benchmarks.
It seems as if both cards has their pros and cons. Anayways.. Either of these cards; would they play CSS, HL2, Area 51, Guild Wars, F.E.A.R., Halo, UT2K4 ect games on High. I think it would play all on high but F.E.A.R and probably Area 51.