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Thread: What kind of hardware is needed to support an FX 5900/Radeon




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    Well, SATA support is really up to the user, though I dont see it taking oer in the very near future, as it isnt much faster than ata/133 at the moiment,

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    Whats the difference between nForce2-S and nForce2-ST? I see only the DX has nForce2-ST
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    I dunno, maybe SATA, but im not sure at all

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    As for the cards.. these were the best deals I could find (Canadian $)

    Geforce FX 5900 ULTRA (128MB DDR-II) - $495
    Radeon 9800 Pro (128MB DDR-II) - $495
    Radeon 9800 Pro (256MB DDR-II) - $615

    615 bucks is pretty painful :snip: which is my best bet?
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    Well, in the long run the 256mb 9800 pro, but for now the FX5900 or the 9800 pro128mb

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    I guess a 256MB version of the 5900 Ultra would be even better but they didn't carry it for some reason... I'll look around some more.
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    If ya go the AMD road then forget about anything else except the nForce2 Ultra (8RDA3+ is my rec) and go for the XP2600+/2700+ (the Barton's lower frequency and larger L2 cache doesn't really add up in most cases) plus atm I'd also grab the FX5900 if I had the dollars but grab PC3500 memory as the minimum.

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    Seems to be a division all over the net between the Asus A7N8x-X (and above) line and the EPOX 8RDA+ ... well I guess I can't go wrong, never tried EPoX so maybe I'll give them a chance.

    I checked into the XP 2800+ (Tbred) as opposed to the Barton but they're both exactly the same price so I might as well go with the Barton.

    Depending on what I can get for my current stuff I might go for the XMS3500... and then that should probably be enough power behind an FX 5900 or Radeon 9800 Pro to make it go.

    Has it even been shown which is faster yet lol Every site seems to have a different story, I've seen both the Radeon and the FX completely blow the other away on different sites :confused: Are they using different drivers?
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    I'd be very surprised if ya find an XP2800+ T'bred as they wound up bein' a paper release only due their bein' able to whomp Barton cores in most tests.

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    I called up the place I usualy buy my gear from and they said they had both 2800+ Tbreds and Bartons for the same price ($265 Canadian) and they're in stock :eek:

    The Tbred has better performance? I gotta find some benches
    AMD Thunderbird AXIA 1000MHz @ 1400MHz
    MSI K7T266 Pro2
    Globalwin FOP-38 w/Delta
    1024MB PC2100 DDR (2-2-2)
    Leadtek Geforce 3 TD - 210/500
    Soundblaster Live!
    Plextor 16x10x40x
    20GB WD 7200RPM ATA66
    40GB WD 7200RPM ATA133
    60GB Maxtor 7200RPM ATA100
    Enlight Case / 17" Hansol Monitor

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