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Rosewill Radeon cards okay?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Ripsaw, Dec 3, 2004.

  1. Ripsaw New Member

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    Well, reference my last post about my two week old Powercolor Radeon 9600 Pro, I might just use it to upgrade my son's PC which still has GeForce 440MX, he needs a different card anyhow, then go get myself a Radeon 9600 Pro XT card w/ 256mb onboard.

    I found what looks like a smokin' deal on a Rosewill Radeon 9600 Pro XT 256mb card, clock rate is 500/600.

    Are Rosewill card's okay or should I go with a Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro XT?

    I used to be an nVidia user and I don't know which card makers have the better track records with ATI chips.
     
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    Hi Ripsaw... Rosewill is new to the card scene afaik and Sapphire produces alot if not most of the cards for the OEM manufactors and some for ATI as well. Take a look at Toms Hardware chart and see if you can pick up at least a card with 8 pipes here . The lowest priced 8 piped card according to the chart is the 5900 se/xt, it's also a 256bit card. Don't let the 256mb on the card be the decission maker, also review the benchmarks here. My bro-in-law purchased a 9600xt and I was not impressed, the 4 pipes and 128bit didn't help the 256mb nor the mhz/mem ... let us know what you get ... :)
     
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    Well, I have looked to try and find an nVidia 6600 in AGP 8X but seems all everyone is selling in my price range in GeForce 6600's is PCI Express. My board is an AGP board (8X), so I need an AGP card. See, I'm probably going to do a major upgrade cycle late 2005 to a 64bit mobo and 64bit CPU, w/ PCI Express, by then prices should be coming down. For now, I need a best-bang-for-buck low dollar (the lower the better!) AGP card. I want the 256mb onboard to be able to crank up the detail in some of my games that specifically allow the ultra detailed textures with 256 mb.

    The 6600 nVidia would fit the bill if I could find one in AGP flavor for a killer price.
     
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    Urlyin Senior Moderator

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    Well I don't see the 9700 ati in the list but in the benchmarks ... now that would be a better buy than the 9600xt even with the 9700 having 128mb ...
     
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    Yeah look for a 9700pro that will be your best bet seeing as they are a cheep 8 pipeline card atm, either that or wait a couple of weeks foir the 6600 agp's to become a little more main stream.
     
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    The 9700 Pro is a great card right now for value/price ratio. Its 256 Bit memory interface and 8 pipe gpu let it still play even the newest games at high framerates.
     
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    My system has only a 350W power supply, is that enough to run the power hungry 9700 Pro? Only stuff I have in the system is 1 CDRW, 2 HD's, LAN card, PCI Modem.
     
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    350W is sufficient. Why not a 9800PRO?
     
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    I have to draw the expense line somewhere...
     
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    9800 Pro cost too much for their performance.
     
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    The situation I'm in is that I'll do a major system upgrade late 2005 when prices possibly drop on 64 bit boards and cpu. At that time I'll go to a 64 bit motherboard with PCI Express graphics channel, and also by then drivers for PCI-e will have matured some. Then I'll do an AMD Athlon 64, and also upgrade from my current drive which is a 120 gig Western Digital ATA100.

    So right now I don't want to put a lot of $$ into an AGP card or this system in general(Athlon 2800+ and nForce2 mobo).

    Honestly I'd prefer to keep it around $150.

    The only 3D games I'm into are MS Flight Sim 2004 and Call of Duty United Offensive (online), and similar titles. I guess if they release some new reality style first person shooter war games based on the Doom 3 engine then I'll need the high powered 3D card. Also, for me, a frame rate of 30fps is adequate for playing, and I don't go beyond 1024 x 768, and the 9600 Pro does seem to fill those req's.
     
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    $150 should be enough to find a 9700pro. And with the powersuply im running a similar system (extra hard drive) and have a 350W psu and it works fine with my modded 9800pro
     
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    For the gamer, a Radeon 9600 XT is a budget card.
     
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    I just bought a 9800 pro built by ati for 150 through circuitcity I personally thought it was a good deal
     
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    One day sale or normal price?
     
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    I'd like to know how. It lists for $249.99 on their site. :confused:
     
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    day after thanksgiving 249-30 instant savings - 70 mail in rebates
     
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    I always seem to miss those sort of deals... :(
     
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    6900LE, and mod it to 16/6 and then OC it. If you're lucky ofcourse.

    Best price/performance ratio I'd say.
     
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    I thought the only moddable LE's were the first ones made a while ago?
     
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