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9700 Pro or 9800?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
July 29, 2003 12:37:05 AM

ATI Radeon 9700 Pro or ATI Radeon 9800 (plain) ?
Would get a 5900 if only it was sub-$250..........(keep on wishing)

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July 29, 2003 10:19:38 PM

I think the real question is, what's the difference between the 9700 and 9800 series (and what does the PRO designation actually mean besides higher clock?)
July 29, 2003 10:48:46 PM

The difference between the 9700pro and the 9800np is
1. Clock speeds- 325/310 for the 9700p and 325/290 for the 9800np.
2. The 9800 has an improved core over the 9700
Smoothvision 2.1 and Smartshader 2.1
There are 3 different varities of BB ati 9800np's out there, the difference being the RAM on the board. If your lucky like myself you get Samsung 2.8ns ram and can easily clock your card to 9800pro clocks. If your not so lucky you will get 3ns or 3.3ns chips. These will overclock as well but not to pro speeds. If they are the same price the 9800 is your best bet.

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