Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by IDAFC21, Sep 29, 2003.
besides about 30 bucks?
if it's only $30... why not opt for the pro and not kicking yourself in the ass later on?
i know, i plan to....just curious
well... speaking from experience, but maybe just me... the 9600 pro did nothing for me. i thought a $200 card would do a lot more, but perhaps it's just my computer [p3 833mhz 1.2gb sdram - my shit's obsolete ]
Well, chcek out http://www.tomshardware.com or http://www.anandtech.com
The performance difference is well worth the $30.
hello paul. I have the 9600 Pro, and is it worth the 30 dollar difference? shit, beats the hell outa me. But anything with "Pro" written on it HAS to be better then the original right?? if thats the card you're lookin at for your super computer, i can tell ya its nice. works like a charm, and runs all of my games without any slow down.
But you're lookin at some hardcore games in the near future from what i remember, i.e. half life 2, and Doom. sooooo... maybe a few more dollars on a higher card with higher chip set then buddy. OTHERWISE... hey.. enjoy the weather in arizona.
why thank you dave, that was a very helpful and informative post. you make very good points as well. However ive already gone and ordered me a 9600 pro from newegg. 155 shipped, you cant beat that. Yes, while if you REALLY wanna play HL2 the way it was meant to be played, you need a real high tech piece of machinery, however, im not gonna spend 400 bucks on somthing im gonna use for 1 game. the 9600 pro should have enough grunt to handle *MOST* of HL2's features, at half the cost, so that'll do just fine for me.
bus speed and compatibility
tell Joe and the cats i said hello
9600 non-pros are passively cooled, run about 20% slower on the GPU and use memory that is about 50% slower than their Pro counterparts.
Translates to about a 30% loss of performance versus a Pro card across the board. Also, you cannot overclock a 9600 non pro with current generation drivers (3.4 catalysts were the last version that could), the Pros are typically unlocked out of the box and have headroom for even more of a performance advantage with overclocking.
In short - the price/performance difference between a 9600/9600 Pro makes the Pro WELL worthwhile. a 9700/9700 Pro or 9800/9800 Pro tend to score a lot closer, not sure why they super-gimped the 9600 non pro so badly compared to it's big brother.
Two Simple Words.... Clock Speed
how do you go about overclocking a graphics card? im not quite familiar w/ this. is it safe? dont need me a burned out graphics card
If you want to save a bit more money look into the Saphhire 9500 NP Red Board with Omega drivers and overclock using Rage3d. Mine functions around 9700 power.