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Thread: ATI Radeon Pro or without Pro




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    Hi,

    Could someone tell me what is the difference between the Pro and non-Pro versions of any ATI video cards? I'm getting confused and it seems thaey offer the same clock speeds. If someone could help me with this, it would be appreciated.

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    Johnny.
    ==| PC specs |==
    1. Intel Pentium 4 3.0C ghz
    2. Gigabyte 5900XT
    3. Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro
    4. Kingmax PC3200 DDR RAM (2 x 256mb on dual channel)
    5. Western Digital 80gb 7200rpm HD (8mb cache)

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    which Radeon are we talking about 9700, 9500 or 9000? (9800, 9600, 9200?) - pro can mean something different for each of them

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    Thanks for your reply. As I'm low on budget, I am interested in the 9500 and the 9500 Pro.

    Thanks in advance.
    ==| PC specs |==
    1. Intel Pentium 4 3.0C ghz
    2. Gigabyte 5900XT
    3. Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro
    4. Kingmax PC3200 DDR RAM (2 x 256mb on dual channel)
    5. Western Digital 80gb 7200rpm HD (8mb cache)

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    ATIs website only lists the differences between the standard and pro like this
    performance------------pro-----------------standard card
    enhanced standard

    take that for what its worth or get the full spec. sheets from ati and compaire them. of course you could always ask ati.
    Hope this helps
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    there is a signigicant difference between the np & pro versions of the 9500 series
    out of the box - the 9500np has only 4 functioning pipelines in the GPU whereas the 9500pro has 8 - so it has twice the effective fill rate
    In some cases the functioning pipelines can be increased from 4 to 8 on the np through a software (or hardware) mod - but it's not guarenteed
    .....so if you want to use the card as is, the 9500pro is vastly superior:2cents:
    it's also superior to the 9600pro as well without taking OC-ability into account:D

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    Thanks for your reply RDR. I'll probably go for the 9500 Pro.
    ==| PC specs |==
    1. Intel Pentium 4 3.0C ghz
    2. Gigabyte 5900XT
    3. Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro
    4. Kingmax PC3200 DDR RAM (2 x 256mb on dual channel)
    5. Western Digital 80gb 7200rpm HD (8mb cache)

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