Best ATi Radeon Card?

  Gaz W 17:40 30 Jun 2003

I have seen a computer at Time Computers (click here) for £699 which has an ATi Radeon 9200SE graphics card, which has 256MB memory. When I looked for this card, I couldn't find a "9200SE", but the only 9200 cards I could find were 128MB. How does this compare in performance and price to other ATi Cards like the 9600 Pro, 9500 Pro, 9700/9800 Pro etc.
I know the 9500 and 9700 are older and discontinued(?) but the 9500 Pro is still better than the 9600 Pro, so I was wondering which is the best ATi card for me to get. This is not for my PC and will be used for CAD etc, and might benefit from 256MB memory.

  sjr1 17:49 30 Jun 2003

Far as I know 256mb is only in the 9800pro which retails at £500 just for the card

  PSF 17:54 30 Jun 2003

click here

If you want a 256 mb Radeon9800 Pro have a look above, they are £387. ;-)

  sjr1 17:56 30 Jun 2003

click here

I think "Time" have a miss print

p.s I have a 9800pro...128mb and iam a heavy gamer i would never use hte 256mb as i dont run at max screen sze..which the game can't handle anyway

  Jester2K II 17:57 30 Jun 2003

The is a 9200SE based on the RV280 chipset (whatever that means)

But not much info about... click here

  Gaz W 17:59 30 Jun 2003

I have never seen any of the lower cards with any more than 128MB, except this 9200SE in the Time computer at click here. Sorry the link above didn't work - I accidentally posted this in Consumer Watch and just copied & pasted it! The computer in question is £699 and has an "ATi Radeon 9200SE" graphics card with 256MB memory.

  Rayuk 18:18 30 Jun 2003

click here

May be of interest,but no comment re 256Mb.

  eccomputers 21:59 30 Jun 2003

according to tests performed on ati 128/256 radeon cards, there isnt any noticeable difference in them with performance.

  Gaz W 00:02 01 Jul 2003

Thanks for all your help.

Price is important, so it looks like the 9500 Pro and not 9700 Pro or 9800 Pro, and the 9500 Pro exceeds the requirements for the CAD applications by far.


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