Can get 9800SE cheap, is it worth buying? 8 replies

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Mast3rofPuppets VIP Member

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#1 14 years ago

I'm getting tired of my GF4 mx440 so i'm planning on buying a new graphic card and i've desided to buy a 9600 pro 256 mb for about 1300kr (swedish currency).

But today I saw a "ST labs ATI radeon 9800SE 128 mb" for only 899kr and i wonder if it's worth buying? I know that SE stands for budget but it is much worse than the ordinary one?

Wich one is better: 9800SE 128mb or 9600 pro 256 mb?

I also wonder if I can use a 9800SE on a AGP 4x MB? (yes, my computer is old) Because if it's doesn't I'll go for the 9600 pro.

//MoP




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#2 14 years ago

Radeon 9800SE means half bandwidth, means data bus of 128bits. So if Radeon 9800 SE performs better than a 9600XT, the gap between the two is very small. I donĀ“t know, that 9600 with 256B should take advantage of the double sized RAM to achive higher texture resolutions in power demanding games like doom 3.




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#3 14 years ago

I think you can fit a 9800 SE on that AGP port you got...




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#4 14 years ago

I found this when I was googleing http://www.digital-daily.com/video/ati-radeon9800se/index02.htm It says that the 9800SE only uses 4 out of 8 pipelines(whatever that is) but that you can unlock the remaining 4 with Rivetuner. I'm no computer wiz so can someone explain if this is possible with the 128mb version. It says something that you must have the 265mb version but they have 128mb in the screenshots :uhm:.




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#5 14 years ago

Just get a new CPU and a Main board and the radeon 9600 256MB.Trust me.




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#6 14 years ago

9800SE is available with both 128 bnit bus and 256 bt bus. Of course the 256 bit version is better.

Also 9800SE's use 2 types of RAM. One is smaller and square in shape and the other is rectangular like normal memory. The smaller square memory chips are faster and better for overclocking.

There is no guarantee that any 9800SE you buy that you will be able to enable the other 4 pipelines. ATI was aware of the unlocking ability and was supposed to take steps to prevent unlocking.

Performance wise the 9800SE performs slightly better than the 9600XT.




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#7 14 years ago

Okay, thanks for your replies, but, does a 9800SE work on a MB with only AGP 4x?Must know it because my motherboard only has 4x...




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#8 14 years ago

A 9800SE is slightly better. But if your going for a bang for ya buck, you might as well get the 9800 because its a little better performance wise.

You should invest in a 9800 XT theyre quite cheap now with the release of 6800's and X800's




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#9 14 years ago

AGP8x video cards are compatible with 4x MBs.