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Thursday, July 31st, 2003
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It's about this time of year, after working 40 hour weeks for two months, that I feel the urge to upgrade my videocard, so I can play games in style until college starts again. I've been happy with my GF4 Ti4200, but ever since I got the LCD monitor, I've had to play at 1280x1024. Newer games, like UT2003 are /just/ playable, but without anti-aliasing or anisotropy.

I do know that jumping ship from Matrox to NVIDIA was the right choice. And now I'm thinking about jumping from NVIDIA to ATI. Specifically, I'm looking at the 9800 pro. It seems to be faster than the comparably priced FX 5900 with AA and AF turned on. Paul has been happy with his 9700 pro, so maybe it's time to realize that ATI doesn't make horrible products anymore.

If you have either of these cards, let me know what you think.
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[User Picture]From: dormando
2003-07-31 07:51 am (UTC)
My R9000 makes UT2k3 perfectly playable on a dual p3-600mhz and PC100 RAM, at 1152x864 (my monitor doesn't really go higher). I think I'm missing things like AA and crap, but given that it's a bottom-dollar card, I assume the 9800 sucks even less :)

I've had one friend with a 9700 pro, and it worked great for a little while. He was running it in a shuttle and it was sucking power over the ram components, and ended up frying quite a bit of stuff. So make sure you have adequate power and cooling for this monster.
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[User Picture]From: techpimp
2003-07-31 08:29 am (UTC)
"...so maybe it's time to realize that ATI doesn't make horrible products anymore."

LIES! Just because they're fast does not mean the product is not horrible!
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