9500 Pro also has DX9, 8 pipelines, and in fact uses the 9700 chip.
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Man, reading this in the daytime keeps me out of these discussions 'til it's over. DANG!
The R9600Pro CAN outperform and R9500PRo, but that's overclocked like a Banshee, or like ME, however that is NOT guaranteed by any means, in fact more of the recents boards have DECENT overclocking, not the AWESOME overclocking of the oriinal releases.
In the end don't rely on overclocking it's a bonus, and not guaranteed.
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I think it's safe to say that about 80% of the time a 9500 PRO will beat a 9600 PRO, and about 80% of the time an overclocked 9500 PRO will beat an overclocked 9600 PRO.
That's why I advocate the 9500 PRO. And also, more importantly... as we will soon see... I suspect that shadow-heavy games like Doom3 and Half-Life 2 will really take advantage of those extra four pipelines, and the 9500 PRO will leave the 9600 PRO in the dust...
But we'll see.
In the meantime, 256 MB only helps at uberhigh resolutions when you're using Antialiassing (resolutions too high for the 9600 PRO to use AA at anyway) or in future games where the texture map set will be more than 128 megs (a couple years at least).
Radeon 9500 (modded to PRO w/8 pixel pipelines)
AMD AthlonXP 2000+
It's not like the 9600 Pro is a dismal performer, not by any means. Some people think the 9500 Pro's superiority is more cut and dried than it really is. The 9500 Pro has several advantages, and thus, has increased performance in certain situations. But, given the higher clocks, the 9600 Pro excels in certain (albeit fewer) situations.
I have a 9600 Pro, and it serves me well. 9600Ps are cheaper and easier to find than 9500Pros too, for that matter.
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