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Old 01-30-2004, 01:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default ATI 9600XT Vs NVidia 5700

I'm considering buying a new mid range graphics card for my PC, and have found these 2 cards to be both of the same value, yet I am unsure of which is better, as I know the it comes down to more than just how many MB it has.

So these are my options.

ATI Radeon 9600XT with 128MB


NVidia 5700 with 256MB

The exact products can be seen at the above links.
And having read the specs at those wbsites, it seems that the ATI's engine and memory clock run at slightly higher speeds.
ATI 500 and 600MHz compared to NVidia 425 and 500MHz
I'm using Windows XP, and my system that will run the graphics card, will be a P4 3.0GHz, with 1024MB RAM.

So which should I get? And any plus's and minus's between the 2 would be helpful.


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I would go with the ATI 9600XT from those two choices as the 9600 pro supports Open GL 2.0 and the nvidia only supports 1.5 but other than that I think its just preference and plus the faster the clock speeds of the 9600 XT would also make me choose that one over the nvidia even though it has more ram.

Have you looked at the 9800 series? You can get a 9800 pro (not the XT version) for about $229 on newegg which will be the one that I am going to purchase as soon as it's in stock.
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