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InSomNiaN
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Australia
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Posted - 15/04/2004 :  05:32:12  Show Profile  Visit InSomNiaN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
After a long battle with fighting the urge, the voodoo5 pci is getting a little bit slow at running the newer titles, so I'm looking to upgrade sometime soon.
Now the question is what???? I've basically narrowed it down to a Sapphire Radeon, but I'm not prepared to shell out big $$$ to get a 9800XT. Here is AUS, they go for approx $700AUS, and considering I paid $150 for a spanking new Gamecube, I really don't want to spend that sorta cash on a vid card!
So the choice is basically a 9600 of some sort, or a lower end 9800. Is it true all the 9800 are 256bit/8pipelines or only the 9800xt?
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Glide
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Posted - 17/04/2004 :  10:28:35  Show Profile  Visit Glide's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You must choice video card thinking before to your system: write me about your cpu, motherboard and ram.

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InSomNiaN
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Australia
120 Posts

Posted - 18/04/2004 :  07:34:18  Show Profile  Visit InSomNiaN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
System specs are:

AMD XP2800+ @ 2.4ghz
1 gb ddr 400
Asus A7X8-X

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amp_man
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Posted - 18/04/2004 :  20:16:06  Show Profile  Visit amp_man's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The 9800, 9800 Pro, and 9800XT all have 256-bit RAM. Some 9800SEs do also, but some don't, and some do but it's only effectively used as 128-bit, because the 9800SE only has 4 pixel pipelines as opposed to a standard 9800s 8. A 9600 is basically a renamed 9800SE, it also has 4 pixel pipelines and the same core, just higher clock speeds I think. I would go for a 9800SE, and see if you can get one with 256-bit RAM that softmods, you'll need to do some research into which ones do have the 256-bit ram, and some are more likely to softmod then others. That is, if you want to do a little research and take a small risk (there's a possiblity that it won't softmod, but even if so, still much faster than the V5). If you want guaranteed power, go for a 9800NP or Pro.
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ArchAngelCD
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USA


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Posted - 19/04/2004 :  18:23:49  Show Profile  Visit ArchAngelCD's Homepage  Send ArchAngelCD an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
If you don't want to spend a lot of money and still want a fast Radeon card I think you should but the non-pro 9800. I bought that card and I'm very happy with it.

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InSomNiaN
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Australia
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Posted - 21/04/2004 :  00:52:35  Show Profile  Visit InSomNiaN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks for your replies guys.....
Arch, is your Radeon ATI brand or something else? Also is it 128 or 256 bit?

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ArchAngelCD
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USA


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Posted - 22/04/2004 :  23:25:34  Show Profile  Visit ArchAngelCD's Homepage  Send ArchAngelCD an ICQ Message  Reply with Quote
I bought an Original ATI card but the Sapphire Tech cards are just as good. I got my card for the same price as the Sapphire Tech because of a sale. All 9800np and 9800Pro cards have 256bit memory, only the 9800SE cards use 128bit memory. (although some 9800SE cards have 256bit memory)

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InSomNiaN
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Australia
120 Posts

Posted - 23/04/2004 :  02:25:41  Show Profile  Visit InSomNiaN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks again for that Arch, will hopefully pick one up this weekend!!

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Rolo01
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Germany


508 Posts

Posted - 23/04/2004 :  11:05:43  Show Profile  Visit Rolo01's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Guys,
yesterday I got my new Radeon 9800Pro. Its a Sapphire modell with 128MB DDR, 256bit and 8 pipelines.
I really can recommend this card, here in germany its sold for 215 Euros.
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