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Old 06-19-03, 07:44 PM   #73
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I have and surprisingly, I was completely ignored.
That's not at all surprising considering EA's affiliation with nVidia!!!!
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Old 06-19-03, 07:50 PM   #74
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Let's stick to the thread topic please. Thanks.
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Old 06-19-03, 08:08 PM   #75
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Mike, does cpuid show sidebanding as enabled?

with my a7n8x del /9800, fastwrites caused instability but sideband addressing worked fine.

It was a pita trying to enable sba with both of my nf2 boards, but I finaly figured out the driver quirk.

at 8x
fw enabled in mb bios and smartgart = no sba
fw not enabled in mb bios = no sba
fw enabled in bios and disabled in smartgart = sba enabled.

kinda weird.

fw's dont usualy provide a noticeable perf gain, but sba does.
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Old 06-19-03, 08:23 PM   #76
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That's not at all surprising considering EA's affiliation with nVidia!!!!
Especially since the Tiger Woods Community Rep was recommending ATI cards for the longest time....yeah, that makes sense to me.....
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Old 06-19-03, 08:38 PM   #77
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Especially since the Tiger Woods Community Rep was recommending ATI cards for the longest time....yeah, that makes sense to me.....
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Let's stick to the thread topic please. Thanks.




Also, Red Dog sba is enabled in bios, heres a pic of cpu-z showing it enabled on my nf7-s

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Old 06-19-03, 09:20 PM   #78
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Smile The heck with the technical stuff!

Could you tell me about your favorite gaming experience on 'em? Just any observations on any favorite games.
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Could you tell me about your favorite gaming experience on 'em? Just any observations on any favorite games.
Yes, thanks to this beast I've completely had to get used to playing ut2k3 again. Going from 'normal' settings using low rez avg 80fps to high rez using 'highest' settings w/ 4xAA/8xAA avg 80fps is quite a sight to get used to. I still find myself waiting for the frames to studder but it never happens. Now if only I could get away from ut2k3 long enough to test something else......
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Old 06-19-03, 10:14 PM   #80
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Now if only I could get away from ut2k3 long enough to test something else......
I'm that way right now with ViceCity, when the wife let's me. (She's TOTALLY addicted to it now that we got a 9700 Pro and run it at 4xAA 16xAF liquid on Bubbles! )
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Old 06-20-03, 11:03 AM   #82
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Well, I received my 9800 Pro yesterday and I've got to say I am quite impressed. First, the installation was an absolute breeze!
The jump from my 4600ti to this feels just like my jump from a GF2 GTS to the 4600ti in March of last year. I ran a few benchies to compare it's performance directly to old card and it basically has triple the power in virtually everything when AF & AA are on. Seeing as it was a weekday and my fiance was already breaking my balls about spending the cash I decided not to push my luck and I didn't play much.............that is until 12:30 when she was sound asleep! I spent the following four hours playing just about everything I have installed and never a hitch. I do have to say that the difference in IQ between this and my old card is hardly noticable in every situation except of course w/ AA where the difference is quite big. Although 16X AF does take it up a notch, ever so slightly.

I did not overclock the card at all yet because it won't be staying air cooled and there's no reason to generate the extra heat yet. On Saturday I will be slapping on my peltierized waterblock on this baby and then we'll see what it can really do.

I was completely die hard Nvidia for the past four or five years and no computer I built for me or anyone else had anything but that. I waited for the NV30, then the NV35, but with all the games Nvidia has been playing lately combined w/ having to spend over $500 to get 9800 Pro performance..........it really is a no-brainer! I paid exactly $367 for this brand new retail card and that just happens to be exactly 2/3s of what 5900U would cost you if you actually found one for $500. 2/3s the cost for similar, if not better performance.

I'll be back on Saturday or Sunday to let you guys know how close to 500 mhz I get!
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Old 06-22-03, 03:35 AM   #84
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whoa, just got back and I noticed this. Man that card looks totally crazy Mike!!

6xAA and 16xAniso in UT2k3 @ 80 fps?!? Man! I barely get that at 1024x768 with my Ti 4600!!!

I heard that the 256meg DDR-II version is great at 1600x1200 with high AA and Aniso. Man, I want one right now!!

wonder what I should do with this...


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