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best - QUALITY - make of Radeon card ?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Tempest, Dec 12, 2003.

  1. Tempest

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    I'm on the very very edge of ordering my Radeon card for my HTPC Probably a 9200 or 9600 (which no-one can seem to decide between)

    But putting the model no's to one side for the moment.....

    I can't seem to find any comments about the QUALITY of the display from the different makes due to theis use of different componants on their circuit boards (I know the chips are the same) but also accept that differerent manuacturers will use different make/spec/quality of other components.

    This issue was especially true on the old Geforce cards with most makes having very bad 2D quality due to cheap components at the video output end of the card.

    One or two firms corrected this and advertised their use of much higher quality parts.

    Like Matrox was always tops for sheer image quality.

    Anyway, to the original point: Are there better or worse makes of Radeons out there as I need to order one asap.

    Cheers
     
  2. Jeff

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    Sapphire 9600 non-pro is the card to go for.
     
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    anyone know if we are going to get WM9 decoding (silicon) in any radeon card in the near future, silicons seems to be appearing elsewhere....
     
  4. Tempest

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    Cheers for the answer....

    I've been recommended a 9600 non pro (quieter) a few times.
    But never sure of the exact make to go with....

    I must have a DVI out (which I know this has) but also want a DVI to VGA adaptor cable (which I know not all cards come with)

    I was looking at this one:
    Supposed to be very quiet in all the reviews:

    Have seen some more:

    Anything here you would even more recommend.
    Note the odd £20 or £30 difference is not really going to matter.

    But if I don't get a DVI to VGA adaptor I'm gonna have to try to find somewhere else to buy one seperatly and I guess these cost a few quid in themselves.
     
  5. Jeff

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    Its fanless so 100% silent, for DVD there isn't anything better at any price (modded cards apart). It comes with the DVI - VGA adapter.
     
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    Thank's Jeff.....

    Been looking around and am going to try and go with your suggestion

    Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9600
    Best price I can see is £94 +postage from Komplett
     
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    have you tried www.ebuyer.com?

    They're reasonably priced so may be a bit cheaper.

    Gary.
     
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    From Overclock ... different from Overclockers, be careful I've read some not good reports about Overclockers in the past .. £92.60, can recommend Overclock as a supplier.

    The 9600 SE is only £76.33, not sure what the difference is at first glance but they provide links to Sapphire's web site's descriptions, though I think it's mainly lacking a software bundle, Sapphire's description talks about the 'lite' version .. for gamers that may not be good, for A/V I think it's probably a good saving.
     
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    Erm..... Sorry for butting in here. But I've recently started using VMR9 with Zoom Player and I have to say that it seems like quite an improvement over using overlay. I know there's no gamma adjustment - I just use my PJs' gamma adjustment.

    Anyway, my point is that as far as I know - and please correct me if I'm wrong - VMR9 uses the graphics cards' 3D engine to render and scale the video. It is also capable of using the hardware to de-interlace - though this is not well supported by drivers at the moment (apparently). So surely the 3D performance of a graphics card should be a consideration when choosing one, especially with High Definition stuff just around the corner.

    Like I said, please correct me if I'm wrong but with this in mind, is the 9600 non pro a good "future proof" option?

    Gary
     
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    The strange thing is the cheapest I've found for the Radeon 9600 Sapphire non pro is £90.46 from Simply Computers......

    Even cheaper than Komplett which seems rather odd.

    I like the sound of the non fan business as I'm now trying to make my machine as quiet as I can.
     

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