Is AIW 9000 pro worth buying?

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I have an 2 year old system and I have been thinking about upgrade my video
card.
ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 9000 Pro 64MB DDR Video Card is on sale at local
electronics store, is it worth buying?
I don't think it support DirectX9, but does it matter?
 

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"I discuss" <lleaf-delete.this-@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> I have an 2 year old system and I have been thinking about upgrade my
video
> card.
> ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 9000 Pro 64MB DDR Video Card is on sale at local
> electronics store, is it worth buying?
> I don't think it support DirectX9, but does it matter?

It's slow with a crippled GPU and there are better choices. Runs the RV250
GPU which is 30-40% slower in throughput to the RV200 GPU in the 8500 series
even though the clock speed is the same. New 8500 AIW's can't be bought new
most places any more, but there are dozens available in excellent condition
at decent prices on Ebay. There's two types of 8500AIW's. One has the
275/550 clockings (Standard 8500AIW), the other is slower by a fair bit at
230/380 clockings. It's called the 8500 AIW DV and you should avoid it.
8500's are AGP4X DX8.1 as are the 9000 and 9100 series. The 9200 series are
DX8.1 also but are AGP8X. This is meaningless, since even at their fastest
they can't even take up the majority of the AGP4X bandwidth.
 

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I have the ATI Radeon 9000 128 Pro running Far Cry.
The only problem I've had so far is obviously due to
errors in the game code. It occurs at the same point
every time, and I have finally put together some pretty
good ways to get around the problems. In 3 of the
levels, there is a startup problem. I don't know exactly
what it is, and I've tried all kinds of suggestions .. none
of which worked. So now when I get to the end of
the level just preceding the problem level, I use the
console to "warp" to the next level ... that is
\map <level name> .... like \map boat ... and the next
level starts up just fine, and on I go. I see no problems
with colors or frame rate, but I'm running in Low mode,
so some of the eye candy is missing. Still the game is
very enjoyable, and looks good. I paid $68 for this
card, and when the prices get reasonable I'll get the
9800XT . I think that will be a while. Something else
.... I have access to a test machine ( a very good one )
running an ATI Radeon 9600XT 128 ... that card looks
great ... lots of eye candy in the game, but the game
has problems. I don't see a "slow" frame rate, but
there are things like the kick of the sniper rifle. I find it
impossible to hit a Merc with that rifle, because it seems
to skip frames and never be on target. I do not have
that problem with the ATI 9000, and the sniper rifle
is one of my best weapons. ??? Don't know why, but
I would be some kind of irritated with a high priced
card doing stuff like that. So, I'm really enjoying Far
Cry on my 9000.

johns
 
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Only if you expect to play newer games, which use DX9.

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"I discuss" <lleaf-delete.this-@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:cvopc.41974$dr1.1138705@news20.bellglobal.com...
> I have an 2 year old system and I have been thinking about upgrade my
video
> card.
> ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 9000 Pro 64MB DDR Video Card is on sale at local
> electronics store, is it worth buying?
> I don't think it support DirectX9, but does it matter?
>
>
 
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I discuss wrote:

> I have an 2 year old system and I have been thinking about upgrade my
> video card.
> ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 9000 Pro 64MB DDR Video Card is on sale at local
> electronics store, is it worth buying?
> I don't think it support DirectX9, but does it matter?

What do you have _now_?

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