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August 14, 2003 11:23:49 AM

I'm looking a gigacube 9600pro, it has vivo 3.3ns ram , its top of their range in this card. What are your guys experience with this brand. I realise its ram is a bit slower than the other brands . Is the slower ram speed going to be noticible also its ram is 256 bit compared to 128 in the lower models of this brand. What does this mean?
ALll advice will be taken in and greatly appreciated. Also if u think gigacube are crap please explain otherwise i'll be even for confused.

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August 14, 2003 12:55:50 PM

I don't know about Gigacube, but I do know that slower RAM on a card of this caliber won't help things abit. You probably want to pass this one up unless its really CHEAAAPPPPP. I suggest you take a look at "CoolSquirtle's Video Card Guide for Noobs".

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August 14, 2003 1:09:48 PM

Gigacube sux. I've heard nothing but bad from them. But as to my personal experience I have none. I know plenty of people I trust don't like them though.

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August 14, 2003 1:35:48 PM

The delema i face is if im prepared to go to a top brand 9600 i may as well spend the extra to get a 8 pipeline 9700. The thing with the gigacube its only about 50 US above the bottom of the range Ti4200's and on par with the standard 5600's which are supposed to be crap. So for me the Gigabytes and saphires are in the next price bracket. Although an ATI made card is only a few bucks more. Does anyone know why the ATI card is cheaper than the gigabytes etc. IS it the ram or ram interface as the gigacube has a 256bit memory interface i think. Or are the ATI made card core speeds slower.

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August 14, 2003 6:25:07 PM

The card sounds interesting. Though like you I'd want more information. Do you have a link where this is available for sale?
a b U Graphics card
August 14, 2003 10:17:41 PM

The ram is NOT 256bit it's 256MB.

Here's a link I paste All the time when I mention how CRAP Gigacube is (just check the overclocking forums to get another opinion [about the same]);

<A HREF="http://www.overclockers.co.nz/ocnz/review.php?id=03vga0..." target="_new">http://www.overclockers.co.nz/ocnz/review.php?id=03vga0...;/A>

They are crummy card. If there is a vivo thing you like then go for it, just don't expect good performance out of it. You'd be better of with a better graphics card and a seperate capture card IMO.

Why crap: poor memory, crummy core, both leading to poor overclocking, bad naming scheme to trap consumers (and you thought it was 256bit, sounds worse than I thought). And some of their products come underclocked from their advertised speeds.

That good enough?


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a b U Graphics card
August 14, 2003 10:22:09 PM

Built By Ati cards for the R9600Pro range cannot be beat IMO, only tied for performance and build. Why are they usually cheaper in price, no extras like software, DVI-VGA dongle, SVHS-COAX connector, etc. Don't confusde the mess that is a Gigacube with anything BBA, they hack the crap out of a good design. And also don't confuse Gigacube with Gigabyte.

As for the choices the Gigacube R9600 isn't much/any better than the FX5600non-ultra, they are both craptacular IMO.
Yes if you want gaming performance, like I said above, get that R9700non-pro and then add a video capture/tv card.


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August 15, 2003 4:50:32 AM

Ok i'm i Australia, i can get the ATI card from here:

http://www.eyo.com.au

And here the gigabyte

http://www.gamevision.com.au

I was under the impression gigacube was a subsidery company of gigabyte and therefore probably made in the same factory.From what iv'e been told on other forums their biuld quality is excellent as they are made by the same makers of gigabyte. What a lot of people who have issues with gigacube probably dont realise is that there are two versions of their 9600 pro. one is a pro lite and has much lower clock speeds (and can not be overclocked). The version i'm looking at has a 400mhz core and 600mhz ddr. I made a mistake with the 256 bit interface they are only on the 9700's. What i need to know is what speed memory does ATI use on their cards. Do they use the same as gigabyte and saphire 2.8ns or the same as this gigacube pro 3.3 ns.
All this info i have aquired is through forums and factory sites so forgive me if i'm mistaken.

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a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2003 11:08:43 AM

Actually re-read the article there are <b>3</b> different 'PRO' versions (there should only be <b>1</b>!), there's the PROC3 (400/300[600]), the PROC3-lite (325/200[400]), and th PROD3-lite (400/200[400]).

The Built by ATI PRO boards use the 2.86ns Samsung memory.
The non-pro boards use the Samsung TSOP 4ns memory like the Gigacube R9600ProC3-lite.

I have not heard of any association, aside from misconception, between Gigabyte and Gigacube.


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August 15, 2003 5:10:30 PM

So i guess the card released by ATI is probably worth the extra 20 bucks as it has 2.8ns ram which can handle a nice overclock if needed in the future. Theres also a vivo version of the pro c3 which i can get for an extra 10 bucks which ATI doesnt have. I'll have to decide between that or the faster ram on the ATI card. Anyhow thanks all for your help, greatly appreciated. I just can't wait to get my hands on one of these babies.

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