Well my FX 5700 256mb is comparable to the 9600XT 256mb card easily.....so if you don't go 9800 pro then you might as well get the 5700.....the 5700 Ultra has 900Mhz memory speed compared to the normal 5700 has 500MHz...something to think about...
Well my FX 5700 256mb is comparable to the 9600XT 256mb card easily
Yes I quoted myself.....people will think I'm crazy but I'll lay down $100 and say otherwise. Two systems....one of them being my sig below..the other being an AMD64 3500+ CPU, MSI Neo2-Platinum Motherboard, 1gb Kit of Corsair XMS RAM, and 9600XT 256mb card.........both systems doom3 defaults the settings to High quality, 800x600 resolution, no aa, no af, all 'effects' though. His computer...as ruthlessly tough as it should be...plays doom3 possibly 5FPS smoother on the same settings...... So it all depends on your system....how clean the system is....things such as that. You can't always go by reviews...articles..and peoples half assed opinions....I'm afraid it's one of those things where you kinda got to get a few opinions and then make your own best judgement and read up on real well written articles to aid you. But I'm telling you....real world AMD64 bit system with high performance everything VS my Normal system at 2.6GHz (at the time I had 512mb of PC3200 not the RAM below) nvidia vs ati .......ATI in this case barely one....but I wouldn't doubt that I could gain that extra 5FPS by also having a gig of high performance RAM. Not only that, but I Know beyond a shadow of a doubt if I OC this card it'll surpass the 9600XT......
So like rareware said...you can go with the 9800SE but you have to pray that they just disabled the other 4 pipelines and that it's not a bunk chip that has 4 flawed pipelines that you can't open, or go with the 9800PRO.....the 9800PRO will beat the 5700