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gibbleturge
02-01-2004, 04:22 PM
I'm looking to get a new card and my budget is maxed at around the 150 mark. I was planning on buying an Asus Radeon 9600XT for 131, but I have the opportunity to buy a powercolour 9700 pro for 149, some details on the card:

EVIL COMMANDO 2 IN ONRIGINAL BOX WITH ALL CONNECTOR CABLES, DRIVERS, GAMES AND MANUAL ONLY 3 MONTHS OLD WITH ORIGINAL RECEIPT AND 7 MONTHS WARRANTY EVIL COMMANDO 2 -RADEON 9700 is the world fastest and most advanced graphics board, featuring ATI RADEON 9700 Visual Processing Unit (VPU). Through a combination of incredible 3D rendering performance, sophisticated real-time visual effects, unsurpassed image quality and cutting-edge video features, it takes the PC entertainment experience to a totally new level. Powered by the revolutionary AGP 8X RADEON 9700 PRO Visual Processing Unit (VPU) with core engine @325Mhz clock speed. Supports 8 parallel rendering pipelines process up to 2.6 billion pixels per second. 4 parallel geometry engines process up to 325 million transformed and lit polygons per second.

I've heard that powercolour crads aren't to good, is this true? Should I opt for the 9700 pro or go with the 9600 XT?

All advice greatly appreciated.



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gibbleturge
02-01-2004, 04:22 PM
I'm looking to get a new card and my budget is maxed at around the 150 mark. I was planning on buying an Asus Radeon 9600XT for 131, but I have the opportunity to buy a powercolour 9700 pro for 149, some details on the card:

EVIL COMMANDO 2 IN ONRIGINAL BOX WITH ALL CONNECTOR CABLES, DRIVERS, GAMES AND MANUAL ONLY 3 MONTHS OLD WITH ORIGINAL RECEIPT AND 7 MONTHS WARRANTY EVIL COMMANDO 2 -RADEON 9700 is the world fastest and most advanced graphics board, featuring ATI RADEON 9700 Visual Processing Unit (VPU). Through a combination of incredible 3D rendering performance, sophisticated real-time visual effects, unsurpassed image quality and cutting-edge video features, it takes the PC entertainment experience to a totally new level. Powered by the revolutionary AGP 8X RADEON 9700 PRO Visual Processing Unit (VPU) with core engine @325Mhz clock speed. Supports 8 parallel rendering pipelines process up to 2.6 billion pixels per second. 4 parallel geometry engines process up to 325 million transformed and lit polygons per second.

I've heard that powercolour crads aren't to good, is this true? Should I opt for the 9700 pro or go with the 9600 XT?

All advice greatly appreciated.



Soul

http://www.soulsurfer25.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Tornado.jpg

Abit IC7-G (BIOS 1.6) / P4 2.8 @ 3.2 Ghz Hyperthreaded (920 FSB) / 1 GB Twinmos PC3200 RAM in Dual Channel / Creative Audigy 2 sound / Videologic 5.1 Surround / GForce 4800 128MB @ 315/620 / Xaser 3 1000A case with 480W PSU / Saitek X-45 / DX 9.0b / Win XP Pro SP1

ELEM
02-02-2004, 01:30 AM
I've got one.I works like a charm. Cant fault it!

I wouldn't join any club that would have ME as member!

pourshot
02-02-2004, 01:51 AM
It should be a fine card

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Alexi_Alx_Anova
02-02-2004, 05:08 AM
Should be a fine card, but heed the comments in the last paragraph of this article.

http://www.anandtech.com/chipsets/showdoc.html?i=1953

Alexi

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KGr.HH-Sunburst
02-02-2004, 05:17 AM
go for the 9700pro,it whipes the floor with a 9600xt
i have an el cheapo club3D 9700np retail
i bought it 8 months ago for 190 Euro and i
overclocked it to almost a pro 330/310
works like a charm ,im doing 5100 in 3Dmark 2003 http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

and i think the powercolour is a better brand than Club 3D so the 9700pro gives u the best bang for the buck.


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DangerForward
02-02-2004, 07:23 AM
I have a powercolor 9800 pro, the first one I got the cooling fan seized within a couple of weeks, but my replacement has worked perfectly...

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