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64MB ATI All-in-Wonder 9000 Pro or 128MB ATI RADEON 9800 thru DELL

Discussion in 'ATI' started by MB, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. MB

    MB Guest

    I need to make a choice among 3 cards. The All-in-Wonder 9000 Pro, the 128MB
    DDR GeForce FX 5200 (I think I would rather have the 64MB AIW) or the
    expensive 128MB DDR ATI RADEON 9800.. I am primarily getting this for
    Half-Life 2 and need good DirectX-9 capabilities. The 9000 pro looks nice,
    but I'm sure the 9800 will make HL2 run extremely well. Will the 9000 pro
    cut it for new games? Also, I have never ordered from Dell (I decided to not
    build this time), anybody have any problems with them?
     
    MB, Aug 7, 2003
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  2. MB

    A Guest

    MB,
    I just bought a new Dell about 3 months ago with the Radeon 9800, not
    the 9800 Pro (because of the cost difference) and I do not have any
    complaints. If you are buying at least the Dell 8300 series I would get the
    9800 card over any of them, it is well worth the few extra bucks. I have
    been running Unreal Tournament, UT2003, Splinter Cell and the graphics are
    great. In my understanding the 9800 is basically what the 9700 Pro was,
    someone can correct me if I am wrong. My suggestion & opinion is to buy the
    Dell and the Radeon 9800.


    Chris
     
    A, Aug 7, 2003
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  3. 9800 is about the same performance wise as the 9700pro with the
    9700pro scoring just a tad better in benchmarks, but a very small tad.
    Of course the 9800 has the improvements to the core which the 9700pro
    lacks and it's easy enough to OC the 9800 to equal the 9700pro as it
    doesn't require much of an OC to do it. His best choice is 9800 for
    sure.
     
    Montague John Druitt, Aug 8, 2003
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  4. MB

    Bob Knowlden Guest

    The 9800 (non-pro) is probably a relatively good deal, although still
    expensive.

    http://firingsquad.gamers.com/hardware/ati_radeon_9800/default.asp

    If your primary interest is gaming, it will be the best choice. (It looks to
    be about as fast as a 9700Pro. I bought one of those last spring, when its
    price dropped to $300 USD. It's an excellent performer, although its drivers
    seem to be less robust than nVidia's. I sorta miss the daily beta driver
    leaks that nVidia is famous for.)

    The AIW 9000 is a DX8 card, regardless of its 9xxx designation. (It includes
    a slew of video related functions, though, which explains why it's almost as
    expensive as the 9800 non-pro.)

    The FX5200 is nVidia's lowest-end DX9 product. It has everything except
    performance.

    http://firingsquad.gamers.com/hardware/msi_fx5200_tdr128_review/default.asp

    As regards Dell, I've used their desktops at work, and I prefer them to the
    Compaq machines I've used. I wouldn't own either at home, as I like to
    preserve the possibility of swapping the mainboard once or twice a year.
    (I've been using the same PC since 1995 - although none of the hardware is
    the same, and I've changed the OS a few times.) Also, I have a slight
    fondness for overclocking - don't expect a Dell to co-operate in that.

    If you're choosing between a Dimension or an Optiplex PC, I'd stay with the
    Dimension. Optiplex is almost as proprietary as a stinkin' Compaq.

    I can't claim to be unbiased; I have a close relative who works for Dell.

    Have fun.

    Bob Knowlden

    Spam dodger may be in use. Replace nkbob with bobkn.
     
    Bob Knowlden, Aug 8, 2003
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