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  • Anonymous User - Thursday, October 23, 2003 - link

    "9600 XT will be shipping with the single player version of Half Life 2"

    I take it the 9600XT is not coming out for a loooong time then?
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  • Anonymous User - Thursday, October 23, 2003 - link

    Newegg seems to have the 9800np in stock, and several buyers say they've flashed successfully to pro. Can anyone confirm doing this and point to a site with instructions? Thanks. :-) Reply
  • scavio - Wednesday, October 22, 2003 - link

    Another...

    http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,112727,0...

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  • scavio - Wednesday, October 22, 2003 - link

    Seems others disagree and say it will be multiplayer...

    http://www.firingsquad.com/news/newsarticle.asp?se...

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  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, October 22, 2003 - link

    here are the requested links from tomshardware that the version of half-life 2 that comes bundled with the 9800xt/9600xt might be only the single player game >>http://www6.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030930/rade...


    http://www6.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030930/rade...
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  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, October 22, 2003 - link

    am i mad to buy a 9800 xt i am asking because i can still cancel order and buy a 9800pro instead Reply
  • Anonymous User - Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - link

    Is there a recommendation for a "TV" card too, like an A-I-W? Christmas is coming up, so recommendations would be helpful (jingle-bells, jingle-bells, here's my Amazon.com wish list ...)

    I thought it a reasonably even-handed review, with only the HL2 price to consider. Maybe you could add a column estimating value of included s/ware?

    Oh, and #5 is just a sour-puss.
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  • Anonymous User - Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - link

    #15, can you confirm that the version of HL2 bundled with the XT's will only be single player? If so, give us a link to that page... Reply
  • Pete - Monday, October 20, 2003 - link

    Ah yes, and I see #13 already mentioned that. Cheers if you edit the article to include that quite salient fact. :) Reply
  • Pete - Monday, October 20, 2003 - link

    Kris, you really should mention that the $50 premium a 9600XT commands over a 9600 Pro includes a copy of HL2, and that the XT's 25% faster core will likely translate into 25% faster performance, as HL2 in DX9 mode seems to be shader-bound. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Monday, October 20, 2003 - link

    both are great cards. you cant go wrong with one of those. but if i had to say which card performs better, id give my vote to the 9800np. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Monday, October 20, 2003 - link

    which is the better deal? ati radeon 9800(non-pro) from circuit city for $249 plus tax or e-vga geforce fx 5900(non-ultra) from newegg for $229. which card performs better? although if the 9800 can be converted to a 9800 pro then that would be great!! anybody know of anywhere i can get instructions to flash bios for this ati 9800 card?? Reply
  • Anonymous User - Monday, October 20, 2003 - link

    #11

    The ones from Circuit City are the "Built By ATI" versions. I received one with Infineon 3.0ns BGA memory(max 333mhz on paper) :( , but from what I hear it is a 50/50 chance of getting one with Samsung BGA memory. But it is still a nice video card stock. I only OC it when I play games/benchmarks.
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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, October 19, 2003 - link

    i read that the version of half-life 2 that comes bundled with the 9600xt or 9800xt will only be the single player game not with multiplayer. something to consider. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Sunday, October 19, 2003 - link

    #13: Thats a good point. I didnt think about that.

    Kristopher
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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, October 19, 2003 - link

    "It all depends if your $50 (25% percent of the cost) is worth 4 FPS in UT2K3 (13% percent performance). Nay, $150 is the right price for a midrange video card."
    think they should have mentioned that $50 of that will be going toward half-life 2 ,and if your looking forward to that , that 9600xt then becomes a $150 card.
    sounds like a good deal to me
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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, October 19, 2003 - link

    I think the eVGA GeForceFX 5900 128MB deserves to be noted as well, as it offers a lot of performance for its $229, much more than a $ 249 Radeon 9700 pro, that was mentioned as pick of the week in the performance section. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Sunday, October 19, 2003 - link

    #10: Yeah. I think they carry the Sapphire ones with the SAmsung BGA right?

    Kristopher
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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, October 19, 2003 - link

    The 9800 non-pros (not the SE version) are available online from Circuit City for $250+free shipping. I would try to get one while they still have them in stock. The Samsung BGA memory is preferred over the Infineon BGA memory if you want to flash the BIOS to a 9800"pro." However, you can still OC them nicely though. Just my two cents. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Sunday, October 19, 2003 - link

    I thought the review was very cogent and not at all biased towards one camp or another. #5's comments were completely unfounded. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Sunday, October 19, 2003 - link

    #5 Maybe should read some older video card reviews... for instance the Geforce3 review. You could make the exact same arguement there. Anand stated that people who plan on upgrading should wait till fall for the ATI 8500. When it came out, it didnt perform to well because of poor drivers. Despite this, Anand still recommended that people shouldnt purchase a Geforce3 until new ATI drivers were released.

    I can guarantee that if a new NVIDIA card came out first and an ATI card was right around the corner, youd see the things like "Dont upgrade yet, with ATI's new card around the corner, theres no telling what they'll have in store for us." etc etc. But of course you wouldn't argue that.

    Your comments towards Kris (and Anand, as you did in fact mention his name) are completely illogical and very innapropriate. You dont have to throw out baseless accusations that do nothing more than insult the integrity of staff members just because you disagreed with something stated in the review.
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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, October 19, 2003 - link

    booyah! :D Reply
  • Anonymous User - Sunday, October 19, 2003 - link

    #5: As a proud owner of a 9800 pro, why would you call me a fanboy? To say that we dont know anything about NVIDIA's NV38 is silly, as I even posted links to the benchmarks.

    As for forum posts, feel free to link to them.

    Both of my hardware recommendations were ATI cards. I think your comments are total unsubstantiated.

    Cheers,

    Kristopher
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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, October 19, 2003 - link

    "This, of course, is assuming it doesn’t get any competition from NVIDIA."

    Was that sentence really needed? Might as well say XGI too because you dont know jack squat about what the geforce 5700, or whatever driver updates, are going to perform like.

    Kristopher is a fanboy. Its been heavily talked about on the forums. For someone reason you go out of your way to credit Nvidia. In all the ATI reviews you and Anand say WAIT TO SEE what Nvidia has to counter 6 weeks! from now.

    WTF

    I bet if ATi goes to market first with the R400 you will not recommend buying one (assuming it does great) because your waiting for Nvidia. And then CONTINUE not to recommend until Nvidia has released their product an entire year later, due to delays. JESUS

    Call me an ATI fanboy, i dont care. I am a sad owner of a geforceFX and wish i went the ATi route instead.
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  • Anonymous User - Sunday, October 19, 2003 - link

    I'm using a sapphire radeon 9700 non-pro, is there a similiar pro hack for this? I've tried the omega drivers, but its hack doesnt work and i think they just removed it because of it. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Sunday, October 19, 2003 - link

    #1, learn how to read, its on the first page. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, October 18, 2003 - link

    #1 Isn't that mentioned on the first page?


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  • Anonymous User - Saturday, October 18, 2003 - link

    Why not mention the 9800SE->9800 hack?

    .. oh, I know why. It succeeds less often than the 9500 one and the price boost isn't worth it.

    BUT STILL
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