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BirdRobin

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Has anyone heard about MediaMax(formally known as 2themax), and SmartVGA? A R9600pro from Mediamax costs only SGD$249!!

SmartVGA has a R9600XT 128mb (samsung 2.8ns) for only SGD$269!

For comparism, my Powercolour R9600pro Bravo (2.8ns) costs SGD$339, a Sapphire R9600XT 128mb cost SGD$345 and a BBA R9600XT 128mb for SGD$399!!! (all prices taken from same store)

I was wondering why are the price differences so large? Do any of u all have any expriences with MediaMax and SmartVGA?

Athlon XP 1800+ (1.52ghz) O/Ced.
Gigabyte GA-7VKML
Powercolour R9600pro Bravo @ 480/340
128+256 PC2100 DDR
IBM 20gb 5400rpm 2mb+WD 40gb 5400rpm 2mb
Creative SB Live! 5.1 Digital
 

jamisont

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what's the core and memory speed of mediamax's 9600 pro?
Sometimes no name manufacturers use slower memory to lower cost.
 

BirdRobin

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Its a 400mhz core/340mhz ram (680ddr)

Athlon XP 1800+ (1.52ghz) O/Ced.
Gigabyte GA-7VKML
Powercolour R9600pro Bravo @ 480/340
128+256 PC2100 DDR
IBM 20gb 5400rpm 2mb+WD 40gb 5400rpm 2mb
Creative SB Live! 5.1 Digital
 

BirdRobin

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U have a Powercolour card too right? 256 bit SE =D

Athlon XP 1800+ (1.52ghz) O/Ced.
Gigabyte GA-7VKML
Powercolour R9600pro Bravo @ 480/340
128+256 PC2100 DDR
IBM 20gb 5400rpm 2mb+WD 40gb 5400rpm 2mb
Creative SB Live! 5.1 Digital
 

BirdRobin

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Yes, and its hard to find and a darn good bargin at that too! =D
hmm... anyways, wads the difference with a R9700 from a R9800? Sorry it was a complete noob question. other than support for DX9, Speed and memory ratings?

Athlon XP 1800+ (1.52ghz) O/Ced.
Gigabyte GA-7VKML
Powercolour R9600pro Bravo @ 480/340
128+256 PC2100 DDR
IBM 20gb 5400rpm 2mb+WD 40gb 5400rpm 2mb
Creative SB Live! 5.1 Digital
 
Hyper Z III+ and SmopthVision 2.1.

The Former is supposed to help compete against nvidia's <A HREF="http://www.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030512/geforce_fx_5900-03.html" target="_new">UltraShadow</A> feature, and the Later is supposed to help with very long shader instructions (R300 peters out around 96, the FX has 1024, and the R350 has 60,000+ IIRC).

<A HREF="http://www20.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030306/radeon9800pro-03.html" target="_new">Basic rundown of 'improved' features</A>.

Whether these are practical advanatages (does this generation of cards have the oomph for longer instruction sets?) or not is another question.


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