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9800 pro destroyed!!!!! Need to replace

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April 30, 2007 1:39:26 AM

I owned and loved my 9800 pro for over 3 years. Even to this day every new game was playable, which is all that i really need. Im not sure about a replacement, if i can get something which matched the 9800 pro in performance as cheap as possible that would be perfect, but its impossible to get comparisons of the 9800 pro with todays cards, so somebody please help!!!

My system specs are these

Athlon xp 2600
1 gig ddr400
120gig SATA hard drive
Gigabyte 7n400pro2

I really need to get the cheapest card possible, please help, i am absolutely desperate.
April 30, 2007 2:23:37 AM

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I owned and loved my 9800 pro for over 3 years. Even to this day every new game was playable, which is all that i really need. Im not sure about a replacement, if i can get something which matched the 9800 pro in performance as cheap as possible that would be perfect, but its impossible to get comparisons of the 9800 pro with todays cards, so somebody please help!!!


:(  I know how you feel ptransfer, my 7900gs isn't working anymore. I'm still trying to figure out what went wrong, but I suspect Nvidia's crappy Vista Drivers are part of the problem. Anyway, Dr_Asik's link is the perfect place to look for cheap cards. I would go there myself, but nothing seems to work on Vista right now.
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April 30, 2007 3:37:29 AM

I have a similar setup and I run a 7800GS AGP the 7600GT would prolly be faster though. You can pick one up at tigerdirect or newegg for about 165-180 ish

The 6600GT is also a solid choice but is a little dated. Also if you want to spend more there is the 7950 AGP (tiger direct has that) or the X1950 AGP for the 200 - 250 range.

Truly with your setup I would suggest the 7600 GT so that you dont bottleneck the crafics card with the CPU. I think that with bang for your buck the 7600 GT is your best bet.
April 30, 2007 4:22:16 AM

I was in the same boat 2 weeks ago with my 9800 pro I ended up getting this an X800GTO it's quite a bit faster than the 9800 pro and only cost me $AU120. Thats cheaper than most of the budget cards available for AGP now days!
April 30, 2007 4:22:59 AM

Any type of AGP 7600 will have better performance than the old 9800 pro (still using a 9800 pro myself :? ) And at ~$100, they won't break the bank either.

Here's one from a decent brand. 7600 GS

Best of Luck
April 30, 2007 4:26:01 AM

What price range?
April 30, 2007 5:02:12 AM

I had a 9800 pro for two years and killed it after applying a heat sink to a memory chip which "chipped" the chip. My system kept crashing due to the memory overheating at stock speeds, (the reason I was applying the heat sinks which destroyed the card in the first place). I replaced the card with a Sapphire X800 GTO AGP 256MB (the PCI-E bridged version) and am very happy with my purchase. I was unlucky to find an R430 core instead of an unlockable R480, but you may have better luck if you are willing to change the BIOS.

Anyway, with the new card, not only do I get significantly better performance, I also have no overheating memory issues. Of course, this replacement was about a year ago when the X1600 derivatives were inferior to the X800 cards (at the same price point) and inexpensive X1800/X1900 cards did not exist.
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April 30, 2007 6:53:15 AM

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Any type of AGP 7600 will have better performance than the old 9800 pro (still using a 9800 pro myself :? ) And at ~$100, they won't break the bank either.

Here's one from a decent brand. 7600 GS



I would have to agree that the 7600GS is your best bet at $96; which includes shipping and after you get the $20 mail in rebate. At stock speed it is definitely faster than the 9800Pro and it's also a good overclocker from what I've read.

Another card around that same price range is the ATI Radeon 1550, but I really don't know how well it performs. If you looking to spend $75 or less, then don't bother. In that price range you will find the Radeon 9600XT and other cards of similar performance.

PS: I loved my 9800Pro, I had until last September when I finally upgrade my entire system.
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April 30, 2007 7:13:06 AM

The x1600 is the card with performance equal to the 9800pro. (sorry, can't remember if its the pro or XT version that is, I believe its the pro.) If you go from an 9800pro to an x1600pro, then all you really gain is features. (SM3, etc.)

The best thing to do is what someone already suggested. Figure out how much money you have to blow on the new card, then buy the best card you can. The best card for the $$$ link is a good place to start.
April 30, 2007 8:51:57 AM

I don’t know what they go for now but when the X800 XT PE was released mid 2004 it had a 80% to 100% performance gain over the its predecessor the 9800 Pro so keep an eye out for one.

Other then that the 6600GT Agp is about equal in terms of performance to the 9800 Pro, but has fancy graphical capabilities such as pixel shader 3.0. Better yet get the 7600GT/GS Agp, there more money then their PCi-ex counterparts but will deliver more performance then the older 6600GT which should see you out until your ready for a full hardware upgrade.
April 30, 2007 5:27:17 PM

Stay away from the X1600XT or PRO, and especially the X1550. If you want to stay in that price range, a 7600GS will be fine. Depending on your budget, any 7600GT or X1650XT would be a huge upgrade for +-$160.
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