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Radeon 9500pro or 9600pro

By snowman
Feb 5, 2004
  1. i was supposed to be getting a 9600 pro but instead i got a 7000 AIW so i sent it back. so now i have a chance to get a 9600 pro or 9500 pro for about the same price. they both seem to have the same features but the 9500's core speed is slower but has 8 pipelines. i think the 9500 is faster overall but which would last longer with current and future games?
     
  2. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Take the 9500 pro, as both cards are DX9 compliant.
     
  3. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    the 9500 Pro defintely.
     
  4. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 183

    thought so. thanks. check out this link for me. its off of newegg, the card says just 9500 but under the specs it has the speeds of a 9500 pro. http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=14-142-010&depa=1. think i could get them for false advertising in some way? o_0

    edit- just read their disclaimer, newegg says they strive to be accurate but not always are and do not hold themselves accountable for it. so no false advertisement thing. i did that to walmart once. got a paintball gun for 1/2 of what is was worth.
     
  5. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 271

    afaik, the only diff between the pro and non pro is that the non pro has 4 pipelines disabled. however many people were able to unlock the other 4 pipelines and also the memory bus to 256bit. this effectively makes it a 9700 non pro. if you want to risk it, its worth a try
     
  6. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 183

    that with the soft mod thing right?
     
  7. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 183

    if i get a 9800se is there a chance i could soft mod it into a regular 9800 with the 8 pipelines and 256bit memory?
     
  8. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Depends on the SE card. Some only have 128-bit memory bus.
     
  9. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 183

    i found a 9500 pro for $140 from a friend. im going to buy that.
     
  10. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    You'll be fine either way. The 9500 and the 9600XT are about the same speed. The clock speed is much lower on the 9500 than the 9600XT, but it makes up for it with the increased bus width. This would account for better performance under very high resolutions. But I think the differences are probably marginal. It does have a wider bus.. Right? I don't even remember the 9500 Pro anymore.... ha.

    I have a Radeon 9600XT and it screams. I'm sure the 9500 Pro does too.

    I would just get the best priced one. They are probably around the same price. I paid $140 for my XT.

    Check out this review. You'll notice the 9600XT edges out the 9500 Pro on a variety of game benchmarks. But they essentially the same speed:

    http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/ati_radeon_9600_xt/

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  11. playerdef

    playerdef TS Rookie

    Yah, definitely the 9500 pro. Couple of people I knowclocked them to be 9700 pros, there is enough headroom for that. 9500 Pros are getting harder to find these days and worth their weight in gold.
     
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