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January 14, 2004 3:06:21 AM

Does anyone know of any benchmarks to read on 128MB vs 256MB Radeon 9600XT? I can buy one of these two cards using PriceWatch.com for 154.00 vs 192.00 with shipping! That's only 38 dollars more for double the Memory. But, does this 9600XT utilize this RAM, or is it just a selling feature.

Next Question, I also see I can get a Radeon 9700 128MB for 192.00. BUT, I heard that these video cards are kind of loud. Is this true? I try really hard to keep my computer quiet. So, does anyone know where to find any db readings on ATI cards? I wish all hardware reviews threw in db readings (even on video cards).

All help is much appreciated!!


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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2004 3:39:54 AM

Both of these use somewhat noisy fans. 256MB isn't used by current games. In fact, 64MB is enough for most games, 128MB seems ideal to keep you up to speed for a couple years.

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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2004 3:41:38 AM

Not worth extra money for the RAM, the R9600XT doesn't have the power to make much use of that ram. It's nice for very large resolutions, but it's so hobbled by 128bit memory that even should you 'require' it, you wouldn't have quick enough access to it to make any difference.

And the R9700 would beat either R9600XT hands down. So you choices really are an R9600XT with 128mb for less money or the R9700 for more money. I'd say if you've got it and are willing to pay for it, get the R9700.

If the noise level is not major, then very few people care about the noise, if you do you can always go passive cooling. But LARS did post audio files including that of an R9700PRO, in <A HREF="http://www20.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030127/geforce_..." target="_new">his review</A>.
Personally I (and many others here last time we checked) would prefer power and heat information since that has a greater effect on other components and things like power consumption you really can't control (and seems to cause more problems).

Remember though that even the R9600XT has a noticeable cooler (either a little & high pitched, or a large volume big fan that makes a bit of noise). Still they are generally quieter than the competition. Only when you get to the top end cards does it become a SERIOUS issue. And there there is no winner IMO (reviews sites have shown both the FX5950U AND the R9800XT as louder than each other and their predecessors). However nothing comes even close to the FX5800U the king of noisy <A HREF="http://" target="_new">LOOK at the LOGO</A> at the top of this page of the review.


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January 14, 2004 3:59:34 AM

Thanks for the help guys! I guess now I just need to decide between the 9600XT for 150ish or the 9700 for 200ish. Im leaning towards paying the extra 50 dollars for the 9700 for the extra performance, but if the 9700 is a lot louder then the 9600XT, I'd rather go with the XT.

Does anyone out there know if there is a noticable difference in noise made by these two video cards? The reason I ask, is because I have gone out of my way to buy 4 Silent Case fans, Silent Power Supply, and Silent Processor Cooler. I like extra frames and all that, but I really enjoy not noticing my computer is turned on.

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January 14, 2004 5:45:28 AM

Before you buy check out the vendor using resellerratings.com

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January 14, 2004 6:11:46 AM

I think the 9700 runs hotter than the 9600xt, which I am currently using by the way. and the fan on my xt rarely if ever runs, but it does make some noise when it does.

I would think the fan on the 9700 would run considerably more as the 9600xt is considered to be a cool running card.
just something you might wanna consider. the other fellas here prolly know more about this than I do though
January 14, 2004 7:18:44 AM

I have heard of passively cooled R9700s, so while they are hard to find, it suggests that they may not run as hot as the newer cards.
January 14, 2004 1:14:11 PM

I've heard of a passively cooled 9800XT (or maybe it was Pro), either way, getting a hi-po card that is silent is definitely possible.

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January 14, 2004 4:15:14 PM

The BBA 9800XT I had was nice and guiet.
a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2004 4:20:13 PM

The Silent R9600/9700/9800s are a premium product by Sapphire (Ultimate Edition) and may be a little more expensive.

From my experience with the R9600Pro I don't notice it over my other fans which are all whisper fans (including PSU) in fact recently I notice more the chipset fan than anything else. I have a case blowhole fan right over the AGP slot so that may help disrupt the sound eminating from the case.

The R9700 would likely be louder, but lower, than the R9600Pro, to som e the slightly higher pitched fan is more noticeable. Personally I think it's a matter of taste. I think neither will really be THAT noticeable, but then again I'm not you.


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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2004 4:22:33 PM

Yeah it's really a matter of taste, some people want a PC as quiet as a G4 cube (I still like those), and any noise is unacceptable. But to most it'll be very minor if anything.

Funny thing is I have a video equiped review that portrays the R9800XT as louder than the FX5950U. But then again I also have reviews that say the opposite, so it's really a matter of taste IMO.


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