I was looking at getting a video card for my brother for christmas and was wondering if i should go for the 9700np or 9700p or the 9600p? Is the 9700p faster than the 9700np? I am looking at staying under $250 for the card, i have found a few non-pros under this price so that is why i'm asking if they are a good card. I am just looking for a fast out of the box card because i know he won't be overclocking. Can anyone help? thanks
Xaser3 with 430W PSU
Abit nf7-s v2.0
corsair pc3200 c2pt
amd 2500 (not oc'd)
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The 9700np is a great card.It is merely a slightly underclocked 9700pro (275/270 core/memory, instead of 325/310).It is considerably better out of the box than a 9600pro, because it has 8 rendering pipelines instead of 4 and a 256bit memory bus,instead of a 128bit one.
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The guy didnt understand that a 9700Pro is better then a 9700...do you think that telling him about memory bus widths and pixel pipelines are going to make things any clearer for him?(I guess higher is always better :tongue: )
What's the difference between a card that supports 128MB and 256MB for 9700Pro, 9800, 9800Pro? eg) How much better is a 9700Pro w/128MB compared to 9700Pro w/256MB (does that even exist)? I've pretty much narrowed it down to these three and I'm leaning towards the 9700Pro after reading the THGC Graphics Card Buyer's Guide but I'm still not *entirely* sure of what I want to get.
There is no R9700-256mb reference card (Built by ATI). There may be some OEM-partner out there that has done it, but I haven't seen any mention of one.
As for it's effects. Not much under most conditions. It's main benifit is for situations requiring storage of large chunks of data (Large Resolutions, higher AA/AF settings [depends on the type as well]).
For the most part it's not worth the extra money. However if the cards are equally priced, and the clockes are evenly matched, and the memory is of equal quality, then why not? It also depends on whether you like to run your games at very high res. This will only really work for older games, as newer games will suffer too much of an overall penalty for the 256mb to have any impact (what use is 12 fps vs 10 fps?).
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