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vampyr
07-08-03, 06:04 PM
I am about to spend $500 on one of these cards and of course I want to get my money's worth. I want the best card with lasting power. I have read all the reviews, seen all the benchmarks but it's very difficult for me to say goodbye to Nvidia since I came from the days of their Z-128. But admittedly the 9800 Pro looks like the better piece of technology. So what do you guys think?

vampireuk
07-08-03, 06:06 PM
I never know where to put these ones, I'll toss it into NVIDIA cards.

BTW go with the 9800 Pro 128:cool:

UDawg
07-08-03, 06:08 PM
General Hardware. They both are hardware and it is a general question. :p

saturnotaku
07-08-03, 06:09 PM
Well, if you got $500, you may as well go for the 256 mb 9800 Pro. That should have the absolute most staying power if you don't plan on updating for some time.

surfhurleydude
07-08-03, 06:09 PM
If they're both the same price, get the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra.... I love mine.

But I haven't ever played around with a Radeon 9800 Pro so I'm not really quite sure what to tell you... I think for a hundred dollars cheaper, a Radeon 9800 Pro might be worth it over a FX 5900 Ultra, but since both of the cards you are choosing are ~$500, the price justification is gone... I really like my GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, and if you want me to answer any questions for you to make your decision easier, just ask away :)

walkndude
07-08-03, 06:11 PM
Go with the card YOU want.

If you dont like it return/sell/rma it and get the other.

Simple.

vampireuk
07-08-03, 07:05 PM
I wouldn't bother with the 256 myself, but thats just me. By the time the 256mb actually becomes useful a even better product will be out:)

extreme_dB
07-08-03, 07:16 PM
Originally posted by walkndude
Go with the card YOU want.

If you dont like it return/sell/rma it and get the other.

Simple.

Okay, but give him some opinions to make the decision of which one to buy first easier. :)

vampireuk
07-08-03, 07:18 PM
There is no real contest in this, the 9800 wipes the floor with the NVIDIA card.:)

Ninja Prime
07-08-03, 07:43 PM
9800 Pro 128MB is the best way to go. The 256MB is just a gimmick to sell you some RAM that they make profit on. ;)

aapo
07-08-03, 07:45 PM
Originally posted by vampireuk
There is no real contest in this, the 9800 wipes the floor with the NVIDIA card.:)

Why are you so sure? Do you have both of 'em?

The Baron
07-08-03, 08:19 PM
I'd get the 5900 Value or the 9800 vanilla.

Refreshes are meh. New architectures are very cool.

StealthHawk
07-08-03, 08:54 PM
Neither, go for the r9800Pro 128MB.

CaptNKILL
07-08-03, 09:25 PM
You can get 128Mb 9800 Pros for $350 or lower! With the money you save, you could buy more system RAM, or buy some games, or something. The extra 128Mb (on either card) probably doesnt make much difference. Once there are games that can use 256Mb of Video memory, none of these cards will have enough memory bandwidth to handle it.

I mean, Im using a 256Mb 5600 non-ultra and I might as well have 64Mb of V RAM :rolleyes:

Slappi
07-08-03, 09:31 PM
Originally posted by vampireuk
There is no real contest in this, the 9800 wipes the floor with the NVIDIA card.:)


No it doesn't. I have a 9800pro and a 5900 here

GlowStick
07-08-03, 09:39 PM
Id go with the 5900 ultra my self,

but the best DEAL is a Radeon 9800Pro 128mb...

b00bie
07-08-03, 09:47 PM
Well, I went with the 9800PRO 128MB :D

I guess that explains which one I would pick ;)

extreme_dB
07-08-03, 09:48 PM
I can't wait to see how each will perform in Doom 3 and HalfLife 2. That will make the choice a helluva lot easier!

b00bie
07-08-03, 09:49 PM
Originally posted by vampireuk
I wouldn't bother with the 256 myself, but thats just me. By the time the 256mb actually becomes useful a even better product will be out:)

couldn't agree more :D

vampireuk
07-09-03, 08:15 AM
Originally posted by Slappi
No it doesn't. I have a 9800pro and a 5900 here

Thats nice but your findings seem to conflict with nearly everyone elses, weird huh?;)

Skuzzy
07-09-03, 08:22 AM
9800Pro 128 is the best bang for the buck in this particular area of the market.

vampireuk
07-09-03, 08:26 AM
I'm quite fond of my 9700 Pro, its a shame the 9800 release has had very little impact on the price of the 9700.

Geforce4ti4200
07-09-03, 08:43 AM
actually he should just get a 9800 non pro or a 9700 pro, he wont notice the difference unless he runs 1600x1200 with af and aa set on whatever the max option is. Some guy with a 2.4b at 3.6 got 60fps in 1024x768 with 4x aa on a 9500 pro and 75fps on a 9700 pro so he resold the 9700 pro. at 1024x768, the 9700 pro was idling half the time LOL. He could even get a 9700 non pro for $230 and save the money for a faster cpu and games :)

Hanners
07-09-03, 10:01 AM
I've got to go with the 128Mb 9800 Pro as well.

Sazar
07-09-03, 10:30 AM
9800pro 128mb...

save yourself about $150... thats a lot of beers :D

:beer: