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kid007
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2004-08-19T12:54:39Z
Hi, since the word started i was asking myself what would it bring for those that are using 9xxx pro? i personally would like a increase of FPS on unreal and NFS but that would be me? and you guy's what would you think it might bring? Personally i'm sorry to say this i read that 9700Pro would be discontinue i felt like sh*t i really like this card and if somehow i change in the course of this year will be for the 9800pro but my mind again will be trouble would ATI launch a increase of FPS on the catalyst 4.9 or would just be another software with a better interface...
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Grahf
2004-08-19T22:18:41Z
Not sure what your question is but I have an idea. ATI is rewriting their OpenGL driver. This where the main increase will occur. The boost will be across all of their products but especially their highest end (that is what they are tailoring it to).
xtremeskier97
2004-08-19T23:26:46Z
Are the 4.8s any better than the 4.7s?! The 4.7s sucked the BIG one. All kinds of errors.
SS Joe
2004-08-19T23:42:57Z
From the release notes, the 4.8 official release has better OpenGL performance and increased D3D performance. Can't remember what they said about game fixes. I tryed them and found them to be stable and fast. However I switched back to the 4.9 Beta drivers cause i'm into D3 right now the 4.9 Drivers also introduce Geometry instancing which looks very promising for games like Far Cry. Unfortuneatly, you need the 1.2 patch for FC to enable it and for me, it screws up my game Hopefully the patch will be re-released soon.

On a side note, i've been hoping ATi would work on their OpenGL drivers for some time now. I guess it takes a game like D3 to get their ass in motion. I was going to upgrade to a 6800 GT this winter for X-Mas, but after seeing how well my 9800 pro handles D3, and after looking at the scores it posted in the early HL2 Benchmarks, I think I might hold out until march-april to buy a new card. i honestly didn't expect my 9800 pro to hold up so well in games like Far Cry, D3 and even Painkiller. I still prefer ATi over Nvidia, however the 6800 GT has been on my mind since I first heard of it and Nvidia has really impressed me with their 6800 series. If money was no object, i'd get a X800XT PE, but since i'm middle class and live in the real world, the 6800 GT seems like an ideal choice. Hopefully by March-April it will be under $400.
kid007
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2004-08-19T23:50:05Z
let me know when u get rid of the 9800 so i could buy it don't forget
Stonesfan
2004-08-20T12:39:05Z
Even my 9600XT runs Painkiller fine. Doom III is a little less good, but still 1024x768 at medium details. It still looks pretty good. I'm thinking of upgrading to a 9800PRO though. However I'm in doubt wheter it's worth it, or that I should save some more money and buy a really high-end card.
kid007
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2004-09-05T19:48:27Z
i recommend you to find one @ ebay, 9800 pro of course and save up ur money for next year and in mid january u buy a 800xt pro they will be cheaper at the time
SS Joe
2004-09-05T22:44:11Z
I'd save up some money and then sell your 9600xt and take the money from that and what you saved up and buy a GeForce 6800GT.
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2004-09-06T08:30:18Z
I don't believe the 9700pro will be discontinued support wise for sometime. Its to nice of a card.
SUPERFLOP
2004-09-11T16:52:57Z
the 4.8/4.9 will offer performance increases for the 9700P. if i had a 9600/9500/9700 i wouldnt waste my money on a 9800P not a significant enough performance increase to justify the price, i would wait and get an X800/6800 when they get cheaper down the road. jmo