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GeForce 5900 vs. Radeon 9800pro/np

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November 23, 2003 8:35:44 PM

Hi. I`m getting a new graphics card and I was wondering which brand to choose: nvidia or ati. Are there differences in performance between the GF5900 (non ultra) and R9800pro/np? Are there different models of GF5900?
November 24, 2003 12:00:00 AM

Some of the more common versions of the 5900 are the plain FX5900, the FX5900 Ultra and now the new FX5950 which I believe also comes in a non-Ultra and Ultra version. Ultra for Nvidia cards is simelar to Pro for ATI cards.
November 24, 2003 12:30:54 AM

Currently there are 4 versions of the ATi Radeon 9800 availble... the R9800 non-pro (clocked slower than the R9800pro), R9800pro, R9800xt(clocked faster than the R9800pro) and the R9800 SE. Avoid the SE versions as they really suck. Get the R9800XT or nVidia's FX5950 ultra if u want very good performances... If ur budget is tight, get the R9600pro or the nV 5700... All these cards offer very good performances in their price ranges

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November 24, 2003 1:54:36 AM

Circuit City"s web site has ATI Radeon 9800Pro for $300.
November 24, 2003 2:17:28 AM

I would go for ati

My own beast: Athlon 2700xp+ , Radeon 9800pro (oc: 410/370) , 512mb ddr400. SO MUCH faster than my father pIII 550......
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November 24, 2003 2:46:38 AM

There are more than 4 versions availible.

R9800XT
R9800Pro
R9800XL
R9800
R9800TX (Dell name)
R9800SE 256bit memory
R9800SE 128bit memory

And those are just the majory ones.

But by the same token there are many versions of the FX5900. Gainward makes one slightly overclocked (Golden Sample), and MSI makes one slightly underclocked (VTD), and they have their own names.

And I'd say get one of the the Radeons ABOVE the R9800TX if you want to play DX9 titles, and whichever is cheaper if your focus is on older or DX7/8 titles.


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