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Old 12-29-2004, 09:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm contemplating whether or not to go out and get a Radeon 9800SE and trying to softmod it to a 9800PRO. I know there is a chance of getting a card that wont allow me to do so without getting artifacts but I wonder if I do get an inelligable card will I be able to RMA it to newegg and tell them I bought the wrong one? Of course I would reorder one again.... Do you think they would suspect that?
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Old 12-29-2004, 09:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've heard nothing but bad news in regards to Radeon "second edition" cards.
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same here
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Basically they are Radeon 9800PRO's that have been tuned down... You can softmod them so that it opens up the other 4 pixel pipelines and it will be technically a 9800PRO and will be an awesome card.... Plus it's alot cheaper as well. ATi sometimes uses perfectly good cards and just downtunes them, but sometimes there is a reason why they are downtuned, like the other pipelines are damaged. The reason I want to know is because I still get some lag when I play FarCry and I am a cheap person.
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I would get 1 6600gt, I dont own it but many people say it preforms good and benchmarks support that too. It costs about the same as a 9800pro.

For the 9800SE I have no idea, but I've heard that most SE's (not just 9800) are bad, just a cheaper, cripled version of the regular card.
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Its all about the 6800nU/nGT - about the same price as 6600GT but much better performer.
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6800nU/nGT? I never heard about that. Can you givew me more information?
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I mean 6800 non-ultra/non-GT.

Regular, plain-jane 6800.

Also known as 6800 vanilla.
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Old 12-30-2004, 05:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Its all about the 6800nU/nGT - about the same price as 6600GT but much better performer.
Assuming we're thinking of the same cards, it's not a better performer and it's also pricer. I just looked at a plain jane 6800 and it was $270 compared to $215 for an eVGA 6600GT...

On top of that it's only utilizing GDDR2 memory instead of the new memory, both have 128mb of it and after all that I believe most benchmarks show the 6600GT to outperform the 6800

IMO you'd be better off with a 6600GT than a 128mb 6800
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