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X800 Pro versus 9800 Pro in new system build?

Discussion in 'ATI' started by Don Burnette, Jan 18, 2005.

  1. Don Burnette

    Don Burnette Guest

    My current system specs:

    Athlon XP 2800+ overclocked to 3200+ speeds.
    ATI Radeon 9800 Pro video card, 128 mb, overclocked for 3d to 413 core, 374
    1 gb pc 3200 ddr ram
    Asus A7N8X Deluxe version 2 mb

    I am planning on ordering the components to upgrade to a 64 bit socket 754
    system in the very near future. I will be ordering the components probably
    before the end of the week.
    I will get the Asus Nforce3 250 GB motherboard, and the Athlon 3400 64 bit
    socket 754 processor.

    My dilemma at this time, is whether to go ahead and upgrade the video card
    to the X800 Pro 256 mb, to realize the real potential of the above, or just
    stick with the 9800 Pro, until the newer generation is more available and
    cheaper in cost. The X800 Pro is still a pretty pricey card, and if it does
    not offer considerably more bang over the 9800 Pro, then I probably should
    skip and upgrade the vid card a little later down the road. My 9800 Pro has
    been a great card.

    I do not want to go with socket 939/Nforce4/pci express just yet, I will
    wait and upgrade to that in the next year and a half or so, when it is more
    proven. I do not mind upgrading more frequently, as I ain't happy unless I
    am tinkerin :).

    Any opinions on the video card would be appreciated.

    Don Burnette, Jan 18, 2005
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  2. Don Burnette

    JK Guest

    What settings do you use to overclock your 2800+ to 3200+ speeds?

    JK, Jan 18, 2005
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  3. Don Burnette

    Augustus Guest

    The X800 Pro is still a pretty pricey card, and if it does
    Is the X800 Pro a better card? Yes. It's definitely a decent jump up. Is it
    worth roughly double what a 9800 Pro 128Mb card is? In my opinion no. A 9800
    Pro is not a marginal card in any way. If you were going up from a 9600 Pro
    or XT it would be a better upgrade. I have a 9800 Pro clocked at XT spec
    128Mb on my XP3200+ and there's no way I'd pay $400 to upgrade a card that's
    more that adequate. I don't need to run Far Cry at 1600x1200, FSAA, with
    everything maxed out.
    Augustus, Jan 18, 2005
  4. The X800 Pro is considerably faster @ default speeds and more overclockable than
    the 9800 Pro (I went from a 9800 Pro to an X800 Pro). It overclocks to X800 XT
    speeds without any pixel errors or artefacts, @ temps ~ 55°C for me without me
    taking any special measures to get it there.

    You might want to try to get an X800 Pro Vivo, because that Vivo is probably
    equipped with the faster 1.6ns RAM chips the X800 XT uses, and there are BIOS
    mods which allow the user to enable all 16 pixel pipelines (as compared to 12
    the original X800 Pro has), turning the X800 Pro Vivo into a full blown X800 XT.

    Joachim Trensz, Jan 18, 2005
  5. Don Burnette

    Neon Guest

    I had recently upgraded from a 9800 pro to an x800 pro. Although my
    3dmark03 score increased from a 6094 to over 10,000 I didn't notice too much
    difference in playing games as the 9800 pro is still a decent card. I did,
    however, get bragging rights and my son got a nice upgrade as the 9800 pro
    found a new home in his system to replace his 9700 non-pro.
    Would I do it again? Sure - its a great card!
    Neon, Jan 19, 2005
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