I'm going to be replacing my damaged 9700pro with a 9800pro this weekend. After a year of overclocking and experimenting with modified heatsinks and software it finally had enuf. I'm not sure how much of it was down to my inexperience at the time or perhaps vcards just can't take the increased clock?
I'm kinda dissapointed that I cannot find a 9700 pro anymore, and even more dissapointed that the 9800 pro is not much of an improvement. So if I overclock it with stock sink and fan but with a side mounted 75cfm fan, will the card last or should I not bother? I'm not going to do anything to physically void the warranty.
I've learned my lesson with my 9700pro. It's an expensive one. Comments?
You 9800pro will be a little faster though and it may have better HS construction. I know my 9800pro does 450/380 on default voltages. I think for now running the 9800pro at stock would be more than enough to suffice?
what company makes u'r 9800pro? i've never seen one that runs 450/380 stock...i've only seen 380/340...
P4C 2.8ghz o/c'ed to 3.36ghz
Asus P4C800 Deluxe mobo
2 x 512mb Kingston HyperX pc4000 DDR
nVidia GeForce 6800
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Gamer
160GB 7200rpm SATA Seagate
74GB 10000rpm Western Digital Raptor
ATI TV Wonder Pro
yeah if the 9800pro isnt fast enough for your games you have other problems..... and to answer your question, basically no, o/c video cards does little in the grand scheme, if your new game wont run because your card, you need a new card. A few framerates is all you squeeze out of most games.
Yeh that's what I'm doing now, and I think that's the problem. 3dmark03 ran without crashing. I'm so upset right now I waisted 450 bucks on a new card
Hopefully I can sell it to some one.
*update* CAT 3.9 drivers in case you were wondering
Just did a comparison between the 2 cards on my system. The 9700pro managed 900+ in 3dmark03 with max. detail @1024 x 768. You could really see the blurring effects nicely becasue it ran so damn slow. But atleast it gave me a chance to admire the picture quality.
Then I installed the 9800pro and I managed 1900 score. But the picture quality was no where near as good. The detail was set on max. within ATI settings plus 3dmark, and the lighting and blurring effects just weren't there?
Last edited by Tuxy; December 13th, 2003 at 05:05 PM.
With my 9700 pro, the effects more mroe exaderated. For insatnce in the ogre game test, the volume lighting effect through the window was like a mist. The Glowing effects where much brighter and fuller, the blurring effects where very noticeable. With these it's too subtle.
Last edited by Tuxy; December 13th, 2003 at 08:50 PM.