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    About a year and a half ago, I built myself a new system, based on the 845 intel chipset, a 2.4B P4, 512MB of PC2700 DDR and it all works pretty good. Now, I'm looking at buying a video card (have onboard). The card I'm thinking about buying is a R9800Pro 256. I was thinking that I would wait for PCI Express to come out, and hopefully drop the price of the Radeon some. This way I can put the Radeon in my current system, keep it through college, and then once I get out set up a whole new system with all the good stuff. From the looks of things now, motherboards, processors, and video cards all seem to have significant changes coming that limit upgradeability without completely replacing components, so I think i've chosen the most economical path, but let me know what you guys think.

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    That seems like a good plan. Im gonna build a new system when the prices have dropped. I think you can get a really cost-effective but well performing system in the summer. Just have to be able to wait. :cool:

    BTW, buy the Radeon 9800 Pro 128Mb instead, cause the 256Mb version has a slower memory and you probably wont need the extra 128Mb in it. :rolleyes:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomi_s
    BTW, buy the Radeon 9800 Pro 128Mb instead, cause the 256Mb version has a slower memory and you probably wont need the extra 128Mb in it. :rolleyes:
    The 256mb DDR2 on the 9800 Pro cards is clocked faster, not slower than the 128mb DDR card.

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    Sorry, I didnt remember that they use the DDR2 memory in the 9800 Pro 256Mb version. I guess that advice of mine only applies to the 9600 series then. : omg:

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    The R9600P/XT are clocked at the same speeds.

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    Yes, but manufacturers use cheaper memory in the 256Mb versions so they are a little slower than the 128Mb versions. :rolleyes2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggo
    The R9600P/XT are clocked at the same speeds.
    Incorrect, 9600 Pro is clocked at 400mhz core, and 9600 XT is clocked at 500mhz core.

    Unless you were referring to the memory?

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    I would assume so as the initial quotes was referring to memory speed. :2cents:
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    Yes I was referin' to the memory speeds between R9600P 128MB and 256MB cards and the R9600XT 128MB and 256MB cards but some ppl here of late have not been wholly readin' the posts properly or understandin' them in a lot of threads and thus have been replyin' wide of the mark by a good way far to often. I would suggest that those some ppl (actually one in particular really) would doubly read posts (and the ones prior to them) before makin' a reply because I'm gettin' a little tired of these "wide of the mark" replies. Also those DDR2 based cards are clocked a bit faster than DDR based ones to overcome inherent higher latency factors that DDR2 has to endure over DDR. :rolleyes2

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    If you are referring to me (most likely) wiggo, my deepest apologies to you. I wont admit that my posts were totally full of crap though. Take a look of this thread for instance: 9600XT: How much ram?

    Direct quotation from wiggo: "In actual fact the memory on the 256MB model won't be as fast as that on the 128MB model due to the cost factor of the extra memory." (that statement was regarding the 9600XT only!)

    In the future I will try to read much more carefully the earlier/similar posts regarding the particulary subject that Im gonna reply to. : omg:

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