6800pro or 9800pro?

urian

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I've decided to postpone buying a high end to 2005 but since my current card (a TI 4200) is on the verge of giving up I'll need a new card before long.

The main competitiors are 9600 pro and 9800 pro. I've got the following options:
Connect 3D Radeon 9600 Pro 128 Mt AGP = 125€
Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro 128 Mt AGP = 139€
Micro-One Radeon 9600 Pro 128 Mt AGP = 140€
GigaByte Radeon 9600 Pro 128 Mt AGP = 193€
Connect 3D Radeon 9800 Pro 128 Mt AGP = 220€
Sapphire Radeon 9800 Atlantis Pro 128 Mt AGP = 223€
Club 3D All-in-Wonder Radeon 9600 Pro 128 Mt AGP = 229€
Hercules 3D Prophet Radeon 9600 Pro 128 Mt AGP = 230€
Transcend Radeon 9800 Pro 128 Mt AGP = 230€
Proff Radeon 9800 Pro 128 Mt AGP = 235€
Micro-One Radeon 9800 Pro 128 Mt AGP = 244€
Hercules 3D Prophet Radeon 9<b>5</b>00 Pro 128 Mt AGP = 249€
GigaByte Radeon 9800 Pro 128 Mt AGP = 249€
HIS Excalibur Radeon 9800 Pro 128 Mt AGP = 265€

Which one would you recommend and <i> why</i>?
 
Two recommendations of two kinds.

First the Connect3D R9600Pro for price. But really it won't offer you TOO much of a boost except in games like HL2 and D3, and then it will simply offer you slightly faster gaming, but with most of the new visual features. Not a great upgrade path, but a consideration. Forget any AIW cards too not a good choice for this scenario if you do any TV viewing editing, then get a seperate card since you'll be replacing this thing shortly.

Second, the R9800 will show you significant return and would be my recommendation as an upgrade path. The Sapphire seems to be the best Bang/Buck from what you have listed there. Just make sure it is indeed a true pro with 256bit memory path. Too bad none of the HERCs are R9800s as that would be another good choise. The HIS is interesting but since it's not an IcEQ version it doesn't offer any major advantages over the others, and with the money difference you could probably buy a VGA silencer artic cooler setup should you be so inclined.


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Hercules 3D Prophet Radeon 9500 Pro 128 Mt AGP = 249€
is that a typo?

I have two R9800 Pro, each is a different brand, one is a Gigabyte the other is a Hercules, they are a pretty easy comparasin, first the gigabyte.

1) Gigabyte R9800 Pro: Good performance, fan is loud to the point of annoying, PCB is flimsy, is red color, the only good thing about the card is the performance and the bling bling HSF.

2) Hercules R9800 Pro: Good performance, fan is quiet, the PCB is stiff, is blue color, the HSF has a built in blue light.

As you can see the Hercules card is the better choice.
 
Yeah I almost suggested the HERC becuase it was in there among some R9800s, I too had to do a double take. I think he realized that since he bolded the 5 thus having to <b>5</b> so either a terrible typo or a lapse of conciousness.

A Hercules R9800 is a nice card.


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To bad your TI4200 is dying on you. Why not buy another TI4200 since you are doing a major upgrade on your system in the next 6 months or so. That will be cheaper than the vid cards you listed. Plus save you more money for your next upgrade. That's what I would do in your situation.