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Which of these radeons is better purchase?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by zoolap, Oct 25, 2003.

  1. zoolap

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    I've got a p2-450 in which i've got an original matrox millenium 2d card. I want to get a better card that I can later move into a p3-933 to make into an htpc. Which is better purchase? Chepare is of course good for me. I want it to have dual output with dvi so that it can in future be used with a projector. Also noise is an important consideration.

    Hercules 3d Prophet 9600SE AGP 8x 128MB DVI-I TV-Out retail Box

    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=54474

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    Sapphire Radeon 9600 APG x8 128MB DDR DVI-I TV-Out Lite Retail

    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=49372

    Thanks.
     
  2. GrahamC

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    Both of your listed cards will not be pushed in the slightest by your proposed system so just buy the cheapest.
     
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    well the common opinion is that for an hcpc, radeon is the way to go. However, as Graham says, either one is piles and plenty for you current set up

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    My guess is that neither will work. Most (perhaps not all) RV350 and RV360-based AIBs are keyed for AGP 4x and 8x operation only. I'd also be suprised if your motherboard supports AGP 2.0; another requirement of these cards.

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  5. zoolap

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    mufu,

    that's a good point about agp - i'll check if they are agp 2 compatible, worst case I can get the 9600 and put it in the p3 machine which uses an intel 815 chipset which must do 4x.
     
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    For an HTPC ensure the card you get doesn't have a fan, non-Pro 9600s are usually like this, the brand of card really matters very little indeed.
     
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    I put a 9500 in my new HCP and had to immediately add a ZALMAN heat pipe passive VGA cooler... then as this was still hot I added 2 (60 x 15mm) small PAPST fans on the ZALMAN bracket, over the top...
    Will probably replace this with a 9200 and move the 9600 into my main home PC so I can go totally noiseless in the HCPC (on the VGA at least)

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