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Thread: 9800 Pro 128 vs 256




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    After reading all the reviews, thereīs not differences in performance between the two of them.

    So, why buy the 256 when you can buy the 128 version?????

    Future games??? The benchmarks of Doom III didn`t show any differences either...


    Where`s the catch????




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    There really isnt any differece right now, cuase some current games have dificulty just using up the 128 MB frame buffer on curren cards. Although, i think that the 256 MB version of the 9800 is fitted with DDR-II, which should increase performance. Also, once you turn up the settings in Doom 3 and HL2, the images ar bound to be massive, and will probably requirer HUGE amounts of bandwidth.
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    there is a huge difference in price and just like it used to be between 9700 non-pro and pro versions, not so much of a difference in performance. If u want the advantages and the technologies of a 9800 gpu, go with 128mb version :D buy the 256mb only if u have too much money to spend. By the way my opinion is that a 9500 pro or a 9700 non-pro are the two best p/p buys at the moment. A 9500pro outperforms an FX5600ultra by a margin and a 9700 is good enough to tackle an FX5800 non-ultra. If u like to use AA and AF and high resolution gameplay, a 9700non-pro should be the better choice of the two.
    I will put up a new rig soon, however, i have to settle for MSI FX5200, lowest priced DX9 card but it comes with loads of bundle stuff, incl a remote control unit, i recommend it for all low budget buyers.
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    Gaming at a really high res like 1600x1200 then the extra memory can be give ya better performance, at least with those upcoming games. On the other hand most people seem to use lower res than 1600 so..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky1810
    So, why buy the 256 when you can buy the 128 version?
    I just bought a 9800 Pro 128MB because I didn't think the 256MB was worth it. However, I do run my games at high res (1600x1200x32), all settings max and 4xAA 4xAF, and I noticed in this review that at those settings, in a game like UT2003 for example, the 256MB version can be noticeably faster than the 128MB version.

    However I'm very happy with my 9800 Pro 128MB for $700 AUD when the 256MB version is $850 or more. I can live with 40fps+ at that resolution rather than 45fps for the $150 :)

    BTW the 9800 Pro is a fantastic card. They seem to have improved the quality of the actual card quite a bit over the 9700 Pro. It has a sturdier power connector for example, better cap layout, optimized AA and AF etc. It's basically a tweaked and optimized 9700 Pro, and although I haven't tried yet, these babies can overclock quite well too :thumb:

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    Thatīs my point!!!

    Why pay 100 or 150 more, for only 5-10 FPS???

    Will new drivers make a difference????

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    The thing is that 9-12 months down the track the difference will start to show which is why I'm waitin' that long b4 I get myself a DX9 capable card.

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    ...but 9-12 months from now, new cards`ll be available much, much better than the 9800 pro 256....

    I Don`t think buying a vidcard to play next year`s games is reasonable... The extra 150 bucks I can save now, are 150 bucks I have in my pocket for the new vidcard.... ;)

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    That's exactly why I still use GF4 Ti4200's atm.

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    2 bad I still have an old GF2 Daytona MX 400 64Ms

    Don`t know if a 9800 Pro 128 `ll do the trick or not to play DoomIII, and HL2.

    Don`t want to upgrade if I have to do it again in 4 months from now... Was going to buy a 9700 Pro, but don`t know....seems Doom III will eat it like a candy... :(

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