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    the availability of 9700's is not very good, so i have decided to look for a "true " 9800 pro.
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    I got a 9700 Pro for 140$ US, and it just crapped on me. There are all kinds of graphic glitches. My friend has the same card and his has done the same. Mine is made by Sapphire and his is made by ATI.

    In my opinion don't buy any 9700 Radeon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeP
    I got a 9700 Pro for 140$ US, and it just crapped on me. There are all kinds of graphic glitches. My friend has the same card and his has done the same. Mine is made by Sapphire and his is made by ATI.

    In my opinion don't buy any 9700 Radeon.
    thanks for the heads up
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    There's nothing wrong with 9700 line, but the 9800 line is hardly more expensive and better.

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    i think i may be bypassing the 9800 in favor of the nvidia 6800 as suggested by Yawgm0th in another thread. i will be building a new system and not upgrading the vid crd only
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    That would be smart. It's only about 50% more expensive for over 100% more performance (depending on the game and system).

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    now the decision is whether to go for 256MB or 128MB.

    is 256MB needed for doom3 to run ultra quality?
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    No, but it's advisable to have more. Actually, for best performance, you'd want a high-end card with 512MB of RAM. Since they don't make video cards with those (outside of $2000-3000 workstation cards) amounts of RAM at this point in time, it's not an option.

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    Default Re: choosing the right chipset

    If you get a 256MB card, you get the GeForce 6800 GT. If you get a 128MB, you get the GeForce 6800. The GT performs better anyway, but 256MB helps in some ways. It means more performance in Doom 3 and some other games, but it mostly means faster loading times. The high quality setting in Doom 3, for example, is meant for 256MB cards because it means very bad loading times on a 128MB or 64MB card. My 9800 Pro loaded almost instantaneously on Medium Quality, but when I switched to High it meant long ass loading times.

    In any case, it basically will cost another $130 to get a GT instead of a regular, 128MB GeForce 6800.

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    probably go with the 128Mb version for financial reasons

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