I have been researching ATI for a week now and I just in fact ordered my very own 9700 non-pro... I am upgrading from a ti 200, I myself am an nVidia vet and with much consideration I have gone with ATI this time around. I think that the 5900 non-ultra 128 mb preforms slightly slower then the 9800 pro. From what I've seen the 9800's produce some pretty nice Eye candy compared to the 5900's non-ultra.
The way I see it, there in the same ballpark.. if you want to stay with nVidia go with the 5900, but if you want the bang for your buck go with ATI.
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If you are using an ATi card presently then upgrade to the 9800Pro.
If you are using a NVidia card presently then upgrade to the FX5900.
I was using a NVidia GeForce4 Ti4400 and just installed an BBA Radeon 9700Pro today and had one hell of a time getting rid of the bugs from the previously installed NVidia drivers. And I uninstalled all the NVidia drivers and associated software prior to installing the 9700Pro.
When the "benchmark optimizations" are removed, the 9800 pro is on par with the 5900 ultra, so the question should be would you rather have a 5900 or 5900 ultra (equivalent).
If however you want an out, changing from Ati to Nvidia or vise versa, is often not easy, and is best done with a clean install. No one will call you a candya$$ if you cop out. ( We'll just think it)
Wrong, the 5900non-ultra is 'usually' slower than the 9800Pro. And definitely not worth any premium price. Heck for that class of card if money isn't an issue it's either the 5900Ultra or the 9800Pro, if money is a factor in ANY way (could ya use more memory? HD? BEER?)then the 9700Pro would be a smart use of funds. The 5900non-ultra just doesn't fit in from the the prices/performance I've seen so far.
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