Radeon 9600XT 256mb v Gainward FX5900 Ultra GS 128

  Staddly 17:51 10 Apr 2004

I am in the process of upgrading my PC with new mobo, graphics card, CPU and memory. I have decided on all the others but wondered what the opinion was between the Sapphire Radeon 9600XT 256mb and the Gainward FX5900Ultra/1100XT Golden sample 128mb. I know you usually get what you pay for but these two matched in price at the top end of waht I want to spend at this moment in time. They appear to have differing specifications, has anyone had experience of either.
New bits:
Mobo - Gigabyte GA-8IG100-G
Giel 512k memory
Intel P4 3.0 (800Mhz) HT

  hugh-265156 18:05 10 Apr 2004

FX5900Ultra is the faster card orf the two.

look at the clock speeds for gpu and memory.buy the one that is faster for same money.

  carver 20:29 10 Apr 2004

It all depends on what you want from the card, if all you are after is the faster of the two cards then go for the FX5900. But out of the two cards the Radeon 9600XT gives a much better visual image, if you play games or are into digital imaging then the card to go for is the Radeon. Theres a good comparison of both cards at click here?

  carver 20:34 10 Apr 2004

click here
this should take you straight to it

  Staddly 22:20 10 Apr 2004

Thanks very much huggyg71 and carver, some interesting points. Carver, thanks for the link question answered I think - better picture quality wins form me with the 9600XT.

  hugh-265156 23:02 10 Apr 2004

i know you ticked this but:

the review above was between the 5900xt and the 9600xt not the 5900ultra you asked about above which is an altogether different beast.

so choosing between the two you list then for the money get the ultra.far far faster card.

i like ati cards but if givin the choice between either the 5900ultra or 9600xt i know which one i would choose if they both cost the same.

xt in nvidia cards = slower. ultra = faster

xt in ati cards = faster. pro = slower. se = slower still.

click here

  carver 08:32 11 Apr 2004

Some times, frame rates are not everything and for the average person the difference between 50fps and 60fps can not be seen or noticed but image quality can be noticed. It's just a pity that you can't go into a shop and compare graphic cards side by side the same as TV's.

  Staddly 12:26 11 Apr 2004

Juast to throw another one in - having probably decided to go for the ATI 9600XT - do you think getting an 'all in wonder' with the 9600Pro 128mb setting would be amssive compromise (the wife likes the idea of watching soaps while dong the internet banking.......first time she's got excited about the PC!!!!!)

  carver 14:13 11 Apr 2004

Don't do it, you may never get to use the P/C again.

  Staddly 00:51 12 Apr 2004

Hmmmmmm..............I had't thought of that. A good point well made!

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