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Buyers Remorse

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November 17, 2003 4:46:56 PM

I just got a BBA 9800 non-pro retail for $249. I saw that Compusa had the BBA 9600 Pro retail for $129 (after rebates). Should I stick with the 9800 non-pro? The 9800 non-pro does rock but seeing my friend 9600 Pro, I can tell much difference at 1024x768.

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November 17, 2003 5:15:34 PM

with games like HL2 or any DX9 games, your invest ment will pay off. 9800 has double the pixel pipelines so it will make a good difference.

Try 1280x1024 at least or enable AF or AA. your 9800 will stand out. You can overclock to 9800 pro levels easily too.
November 17, 2003 6:00:17 PM

Ru at higher resolutions or with 4x antialiassing and 8x anistropic to see the difference.

Mmmmmmmmm... candy.

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November 17, 2003 7:24:10 PM

Yea - AA/AF cranked up does look tremendous. Things look crystal clear. I just don't run much over 1024x768. I guess that would mean the card would have a longer life span. I guess the people that bought their 9700 Pros sometime ago can still say it was a solid investment at the time.

I also like the fact of owning a card that ATI does "want" the market to have anymore.
November 18, 2003 12:37:58 AM

You can only OC to Pro levels if you have the Samsung memory. With the Infineon, you can't OC very much.

Unfortunately, my 9800NP has the Infineon. Great card, but I would've loved to get Pro speeds out of it.

"I'm a man armed with a fork in a land of soup."
November 18, 2003 2:21:23 AM

Stick with your 9800NP.
November 18, 2003 12:12:37 PM

Thanks all - I am gonna stick with the 9800np. The Infenion memory doesn't overclock that well but I am stable at 380/330 which is worlds above my old GF4 4200.
November 18, 2003 6:40:33 PM

Big differance in your new card to old TI4200?
November 18, 2003 7:35:37 PM

HUGE difference. The 9800np blows the TI4200 away in pretty much everything I am playing. I can crank graphics setting to the max and not see even a studder in performance. The benchmarking I have been doing also shows a dramatic improvement (3DMark01, 3DMark03, AquaMark3) and some game benchmarks. 3DMark was like 1500 and now it is at 5375 on my system (AMD2500/1GB Corsair DDR400)
November 19, 2003 2:49:55 AM

Thanks that gives me something to work with on my next upgrade. Waiting for price to drop.
November 19, 2003 11:32:40 AM

The 9800 np's will be gone before the price drops. Circuit City has a batch of them now for $249 - so get 'em while they last.
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