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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Kruz, your stirring the pot! That's what I was wondering. Does Gainward's FX 5900 have the ability to OC beyond the Sapphire's 9800 Pro's ability in a normal case environment? Which is more reliable? I have had a problems with ATI's products, especially driver issues, but I have had a 128MB ATI Radeon 8500 which has performed flawlessly with my past MSI KT3 Ultra / VIA mobo, so much is forgiven.
Bottom line, which will run more reliably at peak performance settings (I don't want to have to switch the Radeon to 4x AGP to make it work with some games)...or is reliability a non-issue. If not, will there be a noticeable performance advantage of either when opimized under normal air cooling environments. I'm not venturing into water cooling and refrigeration at this juncture.
I have yet to owned a GeForce. I have gained a feeling from what I have read on the web that the Radeons have gained the upper hand in video gaming technology recently.
I'll consider Kruz's a vote for the PX 5900 based on overclockability...or is that flashability?
Radeon is ahead 2 recommendations to 1. My tendency is to lean to the Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro if there are no quality/reliability issues. ..but I really like the look of that Gainward.
Earlier you recommended the 9800PRO, so I assume that is still better than the FX5900 with the 10-15% increase you just posted?
Here is a review of the Sapphire Radeon 9800 PRO. Namely the overclocking page: Hardware Virtual Zone
They were able to get a stable 15% improvement in the 3DMarks score overclocking from 378/338mhz to 472/370mhz.
Last edited by Nutty Buddy; February 10th, 2004 at 03:18 PM.