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    New Graphics Card Time

    With my birthday (5th Dec) and christmas coming up I have decided to get a new graphics card and monitor, what I am looking at in the graphics card department is :

    PowerColor Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB - Retail
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatal...Color_149.html

    http://www.powercolor.com.tw/page2/p...&sn=9&prodid=9

    Just wondered if anyone has had an experience with this card, the reviews seem good but I just wondered if anyone has had a personal experience (good or bad) with this card.
    If anyone has any recommendations then the price limit is about £250-£270, no more.

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    Yep I got one, not a bad card, not tried overclocking (like who can tell the diff between 100FPS and 110FPS?

    Only problem I have very rarely is that it corrupts my display when I cold boot my machine, a shutdown and reboot, its fine. Never crashed in a game!

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    my birthday on the 1st anyway nvrm the new Hercules 9800SE AIW seems to "patch" to 9800pro which would give a lot more money in a really cool tft.
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    CRUCIAL sell a 9800Pro..and awesome service from them too.

    £261 all inc

    http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/part...cat=Video+Card

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    Originally posted by Korky
    my birthday on the 1st anyway nvrm the new Hercules 9800SE AIW seems to "patch" to 9800pro which would give a lot more money in a really cool tft.
    Not going for a tft as I can't justify paying that much money and having dead pixels (they'd p*ss me off to no end), as for the 9800se I looked at this and I think i'd rather be guaranteed to get a 9800pro rather than take my chances and end up with someone which I effectivly don't want and I already have a tv card anyway.

    Probably going for a Iiyama Vision Master Pro 454 19", always had iiyamas and never had a problem.

    Originally posted by Rabs
    Yep I got one, not a bad card, not tried overclocking (like who can tell the diff between 100FPS and 110FPS?

    Only problem I have very rarely is that it corrupts my display when I cold boot my machine, a shutdown and reboot, its fine. Never crashed in a game!
    Not bothered about overclocking as i'm not going to be o/cing it so thats ok, and how often does this corruption happen ?

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    Power color are meant to be a bit sketchy, or so some people say...i would try and get an ATI 9800 pro (i.e. direct from ATI) but that is just me. I wouldnt really want to risk a 9800SE AIW just yet, as there is not really even evidence to get a £150 card that may or may not work....quite a large gamble.

    If you want to spend more money on a moniter go for a r9700 pro. As they can overclock to 9800 pro speeds. They are around the £150 mark, so give you extra money for moniter

    Hope that helps!

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    Originally posted by Zak33
    CRUCIAL sell a 9800Pro..and awesome service from them too.

    £261 all inc

    http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/part...cat=Video+Card
    Yeh, this was the first one I looked at but as the powercolor has a better package and is slighty cheaper I was leaning towards that but this would definetly be my second choice.

    Originally posted by blockers
    Power color are meant to be a bit sketchy, or so some people say...i would try and get an ATI 9800 pro (i.e. direct from ATI) but that is just me. I wouldnt really want to risk a 9800SE AIW just yet, as there is not really even evidence to get a £150 card that may or may not work....quite a large gamble.

    If you want to spend more money on a moniter go for a r9700 pro. As they can overclock to 9800 pro speeds. They are around the £150 mark, so give you extra money for moniter

    Hope that helps!

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    Yeh, this was what I had heard, as for the ati card I can't seem to find anyone stocking them but i'll guess they cost more than the above.
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    How about getting the Hercules 3D Prophet All-In-Wonder 9800SE, its flashable to 9800 and its a lot cheaper (£168) so it would save you some cash to put into something else. You can get them at dabs and you can find a hexus review here . It will certinaly play all the current game svery nicely and as its an All-In Wonder card it has a lot more features that a regular 9800, all the information is availble in the hexus review.

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    9600Pro.....how does the EZ version differ from the regular one?
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    Originally posted by PotNood|e
    How about getting the Hercules 3D Prophet All-In-Wonder 9800SE, its flashable to 9800 and its a lot cheaper (£168) so it would save you some cash to put into something else. You can get them at dabs and you can find a hexus review here . It will certinaly play all the current game svery nicely and as its an All-In Wonder card it has a lot more features that a regular 9800, all the information is availble in the hexus review.
    Originally posted by bmh.01
    as for the 9800se I looked at this and I think i'd rather be guaranteed to get a 9800pro rather than take my chances and end up with someone which I effectivly don't want and I already have a tv card anyway.

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    Get a r9700 pro and oc it to 9800 pro speeds. Even it is not oced the difference is small. And then you get an extra £100 to play with

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    9600Pro.....how does the EZ version differ from the regular one? Anyone know?
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    I think this 'EZ' thing is misleading to its consumers. Apparently these cards are labelled 9600 pros - but they carry the speed of a 9600SE.

    I personally would stay away from them.
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    I got a Hercules 9800 Non-Pro for about 200 quid and now its running near enough XT speeds! On Air!! Got it wc'ed now though

    The ram comes with copper sinks aswell to aid cooling, really quality stuff!

    412/355 are the speeds.

    Highly recommend that card.

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