February 7th, 2004, 05:43 PM
Sapphire Radeon 9800 PRO or Gainward FX 5900
Hi All! I'm in the process of upgrading and would like help in choosing one of these two cards I see at Newegg:
GAINWARD GeForce FX 5900 Video Card, 128MB DDR, 256-bit, DVI/VIVO, 8X AGP, Model "FX Ultra/1200 XP" $219
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9800PRO Video Card, 128MB DDR, 256-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP $227
The choice will be on an MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R with an Athlon 64 3000+ processor.
Both cards are retail versions and seem to be very good prices. Both also have very good reviews online. I am concerned about Radeon and VIA compatability issues from past experience, but maybe this is not an issue with my mobo setup. My budget was originally around $150 (for a 9600 XT class), but at these prices I'm willing to stretch.
The Gainwald looks splashier and a better mod. Both are supposedly good overclockers. The 9800 PROs seem a bit faster with the benchmark tests I've seen, but I haven't found a comparison for the specific models.
Which should be my choice for gaming? Is there a better choice for the price?
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