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ENGLAND2WIN

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#1 14 years ago

I just wanted to ask if the ATI Radeon 9800 XT GFX Card was any good for such games as FarCry , SOF2 , ? it is the only GFX Card in my spending limit :p




Oompa

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#2 14 years ago

Yes. The 9800 XT will be good.




Gimpy

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#3 14 years ago

LOL sof2... my geforce 2 runs it at perfect with 30-60 FPS




Eagle One

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#4 14 years ago
I just wanted to ask if the ATI Radeon 9800 XT GFX Card was any good for such games as FarCry , SOF2 , ? it is the only GFX Card in my spending limit

Defently..., the 9800 is a great gfx card, im gettin one soon, but its a pitty the X800 will pretty much be the same as it on my rig or id get that anyday... or maybe 2 GeForce6800... id like that too




svfdf10

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#5 14 years ago

Yep the 9800XT would cut it with those games... don't expect installing that to overhaul a PC in itself... (jesus I really should ask for a sticky to be made on gfx card upgrades I keep typing the same advice ;) ) So if your machine cannot calculate the data at the rate at which the 9800XT will process it then you will be underusing the potential processing power the card provides... you would have bought something that you are not even using to its fullest... you following me? This is commonly refered to as wasting money.

Ok thinking just about the gfx cards from ATi for a second - I once calculated from seeing the results of tests etc., that there was only a 5% -10%(max!) difference on average between the XT & the Radeon 9800PRO. For the money I would save my cash & go for a 256MB Radeon 9800PRO (as I believe that the 9800PRO is available for around half the price of the 9800XT) & save the difference ready to upgrade to an amazing card - say the older brother of the nVidia 6800 or whatever happens to be the best beefiest card for the money a year from now, when I would upgrade to a totally new PCIExpress AthlonFX 64-bit based machine that really would be able to utilize a really powerful new gen Graphics Processor card ... until then, I would (& will) stick with the best the current platforms can do & currect platforms do brilliantly with 9800PROs... if you can find an XT for the same money, obviously go for that of course.




Oompa

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#6 14 years ago

But i believe the XT cards have Overdrive. Overdrive is like overclocking your card but it doesnt void your warenty.




svfdf10

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#7 14 years ago
OompaBut i believe the XT cards have Overdrive. Overdrive is like overclocking your card but it doesnt void your warenty.

You are most probably correct - but realistically how much more % gain are you to achieve with 'Overdrive'? Will the actual amount depend greatly on the chip (GPU chip) you get on your paticular card? (as OCing possibilities depend totally on the CPU you get?) What I'm getting at is this a certain gain, or a possible gain dependant on other things... because if it is a possible gain then you have to take it as a gamble. You are buying in the hope that the gamble pays off, or you can say that Overdrive definitely gives you an extra %5 perf(ormance) on average & so you can take this into account when weighing the XT against the 9800PRO.

Personally I will always argue that going for a %15 increase in perf. that is going to mean paying around twice as much is not wise. If I was selling units of stuff... (anything you want to imagine for 'stuff') You came to buy about 100 of this 'stuff'. You know that the price of units is always falling. I tell you that the current price for 100 units of 'stuff' costs $150 bucks, & then as you went to pay me I offered another 15 units on top of the 100, & price this new offer (of 115 units of stuff) at closer $300.. Would you go with the 115 units or the initial offer of 100 @ $150?

This is what I hear recommended by people on these forums all the time... the second option... 'it saves money...', I hear people argue. How? :confused: