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sapphire atlantis, good brand?

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September 3, 2003 6:20:21 AM

I see them all over Price watch, so I'm assuming they are, but I just want to make sure.

I'm looking at either the 9500 PRO or the 9600 PRO, but I hear the 9500 is actually faster. . .looking over the specs it seems to make sense. If so, what does the 9600 have to make it a choice against the 9500 (not including the 9500 being discontinued)

And also the site I would buy the 9500 PRO from offers additional cooling. Is this recommended, or just a way to squeeze a little more profit from me?

Last thing, I believe it was on the 9700, that a reseller said that the minimum power supply requirement was 300 watts. Is there anything like that for the 9500 pro or the 9600 pro?

What are your thoughts on this?
September 3, 2003 2:12:59 PM

Sapphires are great, they actually manufacture the Retail Ati cards for Ati.

9500 PRO is better, but not all that much. The 9600 PRO is still a great card.

Additional cooling is useless unless you plan to overclock.

You're going to want AT LEAST a 350 watt power supply to feed your system and your video card.

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