9800pro 128 vs 9800pro 256

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  1. KlumpDud

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    There's almost a $100 price difference between the two.

    Is there really a reason to get the 256? Are any games going to demand 256MB of video memory? Will Half-Life 2?
     
  2. KlumpDud

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    also, what's the difference between "Pro" and non-Pro, other than the $75 price difference?
     
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    Parallel Threads: http://forum.pcmech.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=94520

    To answer your question, there is not a considerably noticiable difference between the 9800 128 Pro and the 9800 256 Pro. The 128 shoudl last you at least three years, when new generation will completely take over. HalfLife 2 can be played at pretty much max on the 128, so my recommendation would be the 128 or spend the extra money for the Radeon 9800 XT...but I highly recommend the former.

    Hope that helps,
    kram
     
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  6. KlumpDud

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    thanks.

    kram, I have bad luck when deciding to upgrade. Everytime I do, the next thing comes out and all the new games require it. I've had my Ti 4200 for only about 10 months now and already there's a game out that it's not up to (Far Cry) and soon to be more (Half Life 2).

    What makes you think that the 9800 pro will be good for at least 3 years?

    By the way, when did the 9800 series come out?
     
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    Well right now FarCry doesn't even work a 9700 PRO over on very high settings so it and the 9800 PRO should be good for another 2-3 years at least.
     
  8. pam123

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    The 9800 came out in 2003.
    It was followed later by the 9600s and then by the 9800XT and the 9600XT.
     
  9. kram

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    Right now, the Radeon 9800s are the peak of the graphics card industry. It is easily the best performing card out there, and it's board itself isn't that outdated - like mentioned by pam123, about a little less than an year.

    I should warn you right here, that there will be a new technology coming out, called PCI Express. It will surpass AGP 8X in performance, but not to a considerable extent. Remember, though, that whatever you have is what you have, no matter what age does to it. It's only the comparing that'll make it seem bad.

    In comparison, it's kinda like the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro. It's about three~four years old now, but it's still a very high performing graphics card.


    Hope that helps,
    kram
     
  10. KlumpDud

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    are any new vid cards gonna come out in the near future before pci express starts coming out?
     
  11. pam123

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    Yes.
    April 13 is NVidia
    April 26 is ATI
    May 31 is also going to be another ATI card.
     
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    Can you give us a link or something on that? I'd be interested in seeing about it ;) . Also, coincidentiallyl, April 16th is the first aniversary of the ATI Radeon 9600 Pro.

    kram
     
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    Here you go : http://anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=2018
     
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    After reading that article, i'm thinking that the price of the 9800's are going to drop significantly on April 26th and again on May 31st.

    Don't you agree?
     
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    Yes.
    And I'm going to be able to buy one.
     
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    i would guess around 150 $$$ for a 9800pro
     
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    I dissagree with the price drops cause they have already fallen the past few months and I can't see the 9800 PRO going for less than $180.00. It will prolly so hard to find one anyway :)
     
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    I'm thinking kind of like the Radeon 9500 right now - it has dropped in price significantly and it is now very rare and virtually unfindable.

    kram
     
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    Time will tell
     

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