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ATI Radeon X800 Platinum Edition graphics card

  CurlyWhirly 21:51 01 Jul 2004

I have an Athlon XP 3000+ processor along with 1024 Mb (PC 2700) DDR RAM and what I was wondering was should I wait for the ATI Radeon X800 Platinum Edition version which I believe is due for release quite soon?
I was wondering that due to the VERY high performance of this particular graphics card would my XP 3000+ processor stop me from getting the MAXIMUM performance due to 'bottlenecking'?
If so would i be better off going for the 'standard' ATI Radeon X800 Pro instead?

  CurlyWhirly 22:26 01 Jul 2004

I have put off upgrading to AMD 64 for now as there is currently no operating system, drivers or games for it and from what I have read on various forums until 64 bit support is available there is not much of a performance increase - is this right?
I have a Gigabyte GA-7VAXP motherboard which (as you probably know) doesn't 'officially' support the PC3200 memory standard as if what I have read in forums is correct even if you have PC3200 memory installed it defaults to PC2700 speed to run in 'sync' with the CPU's FSB of 333 Mhz?
I have decided to hold back and wait for the Platinum Edition and I know it is expensive but I have nearly £400 saved up especially as my GeForce 4 card is looking a bit long in the tooth now and it is about time I upgraded as I have had my current card for just over 2 years!

  carver 22:37 01 Jul 2004

If you go and buy one of the new cards you will not see the performance increase you expect with an AMD3000+ CPU. To get the most out of one of these cards it seems that you do need a top end CPU, something like one of the new 64 bit 3700. The CPU can still be a bottleneck for these new cards, if you wait a couple of months then even these cards will come down in price and why buy a card now that there isn't even any games for.

  CurlyWhirly 22:43 01 Jul 2004

CARVER - The reason why I want a powerful graphics card is when I run games I have to put up with a slow and jerky frame rate.
Besides if I bought the Platinum Edition (from what you said in your e-mail) would I be able to fit it in an AMD 64 motherboard when I upgrade next year?

  carver 19:45 03 Jul 2004

Theres a several reasons why you shouldn't buy that card, first reason you can get a card that will perform nearly as good as that one at less money, second reason/ the CPU you have will not allow the card to give it's full potential, third reason/ in a short while PCI Express will be out resulting in hopefully even faster cards at the same sort of price but with a different motherboard con fig and by that time even this card will be obsolete.

BUT, if you want it, buy it and enjoy it.

  CurlyWhirly 20:02 03 Jul 2004

CARVER - I have decided to wait for the PCI Express cards to come out but just a quick query?
I used to have a 4 X AGP motherboard and around 18 months ago I upgraded to my present Gigabyte GA-7VAXP which supports the 8 X AGP standard and to be honest I don't notice much difference certainly it isn't twice as fast!
After reading various forums I have discovered that there is only a few % increase in speed compared to 4 X AGP.
In other words it is just hype - do you think that the PCI express standard is all hype as well?

  carver 20:24 03 Jul 2004

In theory when there is full support for AMD 64 Bit CPU's then with a PCI Express slot it should be a lot faster, but theory is one thing and reality another, we will just have to wait and see.

  CurlyWhirly 20:27 03 Jul 2004

Cheers CARVER - This thread is now resolved as I have decided to wait for PCI Express cards!

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