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why so many different versions of ATI Radeon cards

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June 27, 2003 8:07:31 PM

Why are there so many different verions of the Radeon cards.. like not just ATI, but all sorts of different manufactueres.. what is the deal here? What is the best one to go with?

NEW SYSTEM:
P4 2.8c (800fsb), Abit IS7, Kingston HyperX PC3500 (2 x 512mb), IBM Deskstar (60 gig @ 7200rpm)
OLDER SYSTEM:
P3 850mhz (100fsb), Asus CUV4X, 620mb Micron PC133, WD 40gig 7200rpm
June 27, 2003 8:15:19 PM

Honestly, it doesn't really matter. As a rule, they're all clocked the same.

Certain manufacturers use better rated memory, so they're better for overclocking. But you'd have to do some specific research to find that out.
Ask around on the rage3d.com forums.

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Radeon 9500 w/256 bit memory bus @ 367/310
AMD AthlonXP 2000+
3dMark03: 3439
June 27, 2003 8:18:36 PM

so what is your board? What do you think I should go with for the best value, and performance. Like I said, I would like to get the best card I can for around $100.. so what do you think?

NEW SYSTEM:
P4 2.8c (800fsb), Abit IS7, Kingston HyperX PC3500 (2 x 512mb), IBM Deskstar (60 gig @ 7200rpm)
OLDER SYSTEM:
P3 850mhz (100fsb), Asus CUV4X, 620mb Micron PC133, WD 40gig 7200rpm
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June 27, 2003 8:24:48 PM

I got my Radeon 9500 non-pro for $81 on ebay. That was a damn good deal.

Usually $100 will only get you a 9000/9100/9200 though.

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Radeon 9500 w/256 bit memory bus @ 367/310
AMD AthlonXP 2000+
3dMark03: 3439
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June 27, 2003 8:30:13 PM

I would also add that if you are looking for a high end card a GREAT value, then a Radeon 9700 (non-pro), but it is twice the price you state (but can you afford that? It IS a huge difference in performance).

As for the makers, the only two I'd stay away from are Powercolor and Gigacube. IF you aren't sure of the differences, you will likely pay too much for omething someone recommended to you and find out when you get home, that they (PC and GC) use their own terms and speeds for their cards not always sticking to the reference specs.


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June 27, 2003 8:34:59 PM

what manufacter is the board? Not ATI right?

NEW SYSTEM:
P4 2.8c (800fsb), Abit IS7, Kingston HyperX PC3500 (2 x 512mb), IBM Deskstar (60 gig @ 7200rpm)
OLDER SYSTEM:
P3 850mhz (100fsb), Asus CUV4X, 620mb Micron PC133, WD 40gig 7200rpm
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