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Maciej_k
03-04-2004, 12:00 PM
Hi there

In a few days I'm going to upgrade my video card from Radeon 8500 LE to RADEON 9600 XT 256MB or 128 MB.Is the 256 MBversion worth the bigger price?Is it seen in Il-2FB the bigger number of Mbs?

Maciej_k
03-04-2004, 12:00 PM
Hi there

In a few days I'm going to upgrade my video card from Radeon 8500 LE to RADEON 9600 XT 256MB or 128 MB.Is the 256 MBversion worth the bigger price?Is it seen in Il-2FB the bigger number of Mbs?

AirBot
03-04-2004, 12:30 PM
AFAIK the 256MB as compared to the 128MB doesn't make much of a difference. I'd say that if the 256MB one is considerabely more expensive, go for the 128MB version. I don't think you'll see any improvement with the more expensive card anyway.

Teufel_Eldritch
03-04-2004, 01:20 PM
I would say go with the 256. I have the 9600 Pro 128 & I feel it could be better. Sure it does the job, but it lacks punch.

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Gr8fighterpilot
03-04-2004, 01:32 PM
^ That's a limitation of the core, it only has 4 pixel pipelines vs. the 9700/9800's 8. 256mb wont make much of a difference at all for a 9600.

Maciej_k
03-04-2004, 02:14 PM
the differene in price is aboit 25 bucks.In Poland ,where i live, the 9800 series are horribly expensive,they cost about twice as the 9600 XT 256 DDR I'm thinking of.

Jagdgeschwader2
03-04-2004, 03:15 PM
Yes definitely get the 128 mb Radeon 9800 XT. I ordered the 256mb 9800XT ($499.99!!!!) and i'm a bit miffed since it isn't really that much better than the 128mb with the current games out. Even if they do come out with a game later on to take advantage of that 256mb memory ATI will probably put out a new card anyway and the 256mb XT will be cheaper. Oh well live and learn and think first before buying!

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Slammin_
03-04-2004, 03:16 PM
If you want to go above 1600x1200 with full AA and ani, you will need 256. The problem is, the 9800XT is not fast enough to run something like Lomac or FB at extremely high res with everthing maxed anyway (and mine is everclocked) so I'd save the cash and buy a stick of ram with it.

Maciej_k
03-04-2004, 03:45 PM
Slammin_ and Jagdgeschwader2 - I 'm talking about 9600 XT not the 9800 XT
I cannot afford 9800 even though I'd love to.

Gr8fighterpilot
03-04-2004, 04:53 PM
If the 256mb 9600 is only $25 more then I'd say defenetely buy it. May help out a tad for future games if the 9600 core isn't too limited.

NimbusPlus
03-04-2004, 06:05 PM
A word of caution though. With 20 bucks more, you can get a 9600 XT 256 instead of a 128, but they do that by using slower memory. Since few (if any) games take advantage of 256 Mb, you could end up with a 9600 XT 256 that give you worse performances than a 9600 XT 128...

This thing of a slow 256 Mb memory is not an issue with the 9800 XT though. There you pay the card big bucks and you got good stuff for it.

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