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Old 7th June, 2004, 12:39 AM
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Greetings all, I have a Radeon 9200 SE right now and Im looking ot upgrade. Should I get a 9600XT or a NVidia card. Waddya think?
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I'd say spend 50 extra bucks and get a 9800 pro. My 9600 pro runs decent and I did get it fairly cheap off ebay (~110) and with overclocking I'd say it matches the XT. My core is only over clocked to 455 stable with atitool (very wierd) but i know it can go higher. I've heard of 9600 pro card reaching upwards of 550 core. My ram is overclocking great tho @ 392 (784) stable. This is all with stock cooling on the FIC.

So if your trying to save some money, I'd say deff. go with the 9600 pro, otherwise ur spending 40 bucks on about a 30-50 MAX extra core, with no extra ram speed. If you're set on spending 150, without a doubt I'd say go withthe 9800SE (256-bit mem) which is about the same price ($5 more) as the 9600XT. The 9800SE can be softmoded to unlock the 4 extra pipelines and then you can overclock it close to 9800XT speeds from what I've read. Or if you can spend the extra 50 bucks...deffinately go with the 9800 Pro in my opinion. Best deal for $154 here http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...131-236&depa=1

If I could go back and do it over...I woulda went with a 9800
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Add $30-40 & order a Raddy 9800 Pro online. Beats anything in its price range by a good margin.
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Well...I dunno about 30-40 more...more like 50-60. You're not gunna find that card for less than 200 really, unless u get the 128-bit version which, ugh...if your going with the 9800 you deffinately want the 256-bit. In fact the 128-bit version is right around same price as 9800SE and 9600XT. Be very careful of this because some vendors will give wrong specs. Always check product by the manufac. #!
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I'd recomend the 9800 SE (256bit memory bus one). or 9800 Pro if you can afford it.

I built a system recently with the 9800 SE card for a mate and it softmodded successfully and overclocked up to XT speeds.
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I've got the redeon 9800 pro Its a good card.
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Problem with the 9800SE is that half of the pipelines have been disabled, leaving it with just 4 and at the same performance as the 9600XT.

The 9600XT can be overclocked by insane amounts and outperforms the 9800SE at every chance.

I'd say go with the 9800 Pro. As Marcus said, it beats anything in it's price range and with the new x800 series taking up the position of flagship card, the 9800 series should (hopefully) drop in price.
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for the same price as a 9800 pro you can get a 9700 pro All-in-Wonder from futureshop.ca
overclock the 9700 and it should perform just slightly less than a 9800 pro would(like 5%)
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i once bought a ATI 9200 for around $100. After overclocking and testing i was not satisfied with what the performance was. about 3 months later i bought a 9800 pro for like $210 and i overclocked that and i was amazed by the performance increase of the two cards. The 9800 pro is an amazin card for mostly anything you do. It's a really good price to performance ratio if you can't afford to drop $500 on a X800
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