Netz
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2004-08-05T02:25:03Z
Hey guys,

I'm looking for a new video card and here are my options:

1. Sapphire Radeon Atlantis 9600 256MB DDR
2. Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro 256MB DDR
3. Sapphire Radeon 9600XT 128MB DDR
4. Innovision GeForce FX5700 256MB DDR
(All cards are 128 Bit DDR)

I have no idea which to go for, please help me out
thanks!
SenorToast
2004-08-05T02:45:39Z
Go for the 9600XT. The 256MB cards aren't really that different from 128MB cards. Most games and appllications never take full advantage of the 256MB. The only game that comes to mind that might is Doom 3.

You should be good with that card if you're just going for casual gaming. If you plan on playing some of the newer games and getting them to run nicely, I would save up another 30 bucks and buy an Nvidia 5900XT.
I think they're going for around $170 nowadays. It's a great card and performs well. If you want a little more performance, save up 30 more bucks and get a Radeon 9800 Pro. It's a tad more expensive, but performs a little better than the 5900XT.

I've been able to play Doom 3 on high at 1024X768 very smoothly with the 5900XT (see my sig for my complete system)
StukaSt1
2004-08-05T03:01:58Z
You could get a 9800SE for about $120 with 256 bit ddr and get a $15 gpu cooler and make it a 9800 Pro for a total of $135,

Senortoast is right about saving up because those you have chosen are going to become the low end line of video cards soon with the 9800 Pro, 5900 XT become mainstream cards, but if I had to choose from those the 9600XT is going to be the best
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2004-08-05T03:16:17Z
Thing is the the prices of the cards I posted are ~300$ here (Israel). So it's not a matter of saving a little bit more cash cause these cards are expensive enough already. My ultimate question I guess would be if the 9600XT 128MB DDR can run Doom III and Half-Life 2 well?
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