Leadtek 5950U vs ATi 9700 Pro

CoMpUtaFrEek

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Most of you know by now that I sold my beloved 5950, and had to find a replacement. I checked ebay for faulty cards, the only one that I'd be able to RMA was this one. So I bought it for £28, bear in mind I sold my 5950 for £170

It arrived so I powered it up. Minor screen corruption, drivers didn't fix it, a few bios options didn't fix it, so I tried 3dmark out of interest and it wouldn't display some of them so..

I hunted for bios files for my card and after a while finally managed to find one with the extension ".14" which I changed to .rom - Like one of her other files. This luckily worked! I just completed 3dmark03 with no artifacts whatsoever.

I was VERY suprised at my result... Look at this...

Processor @ 2.2Ghz/5950U = 5892 (£170) (Stock fan)
Processor @ 2Ghz/9700 Pro = 5086 (£28) (Stock fan)

Considering the 200 mhz drop in processor speed and the price difference, this is an INCREDIBLE result, in my opinion obviously. The card isn't even overclocked yet!

I hope this changes some peoples views on just how crappy ATi are, it's certainly changed mine.
 

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ah faulty must be a UK thing. I used some US words to find some sweet stuff. Hopefully no one will bid and i will get it for cheap.
 

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But why?

The price difference and performance difference is unbelievable, 9700 pro is equal to the 5700 or 5800 and the 9700 pro does well against a 5950!

This has really changed my view on ATi but I know alot of people are super-stubborn on the subject of graphics cards which is a bit sad in my opinion.

This is first hand experience, not benchmarks, you can't argue with the results :)
 

airiox

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yeah here is how it goes.

4 series geforce dominated its gen.
9 series radeon dominated it gen
6 series geforce is dominating this gen.

Anyways I will tell you the item I am bidding on when I get it. That way no one steals it.
 
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