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9500 Pro Vs. 9600 XT

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ZachM

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I just checked 9500 Pros at Newegg and they are in stock. I was considering getting a 9600 XT before, but now I don't know. At Tom's Hardware the benchmarks show the 9500 Pro is about equal to the 9600XT in most cases. The price difference is minimal so whichever one is better I will buy.
 
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ZachM

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So is the 9500 better for overclocking you think? Is the difference between the 9500 Pro and 9700 Pro just clockspeeds? Just curious
 

Dave65

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I have a 9500 Pro softmodded to a 9700 Pro,but from what I understand the 9700 Pro off the shelf is still faster than a 9500 Pro @ least that is what I have been told.Not really for sure though.
 

Lewiser

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It depends on what type of RAM you get as well.

I got Hynix 3.6ns RAM, 3.6ns is ****e ... but I've got my ram stable at 320, which is 50mhz more than it's rated too :)

Try and avoid Infinion RAM, try for Hynix and Samsung.

Ryan
 

SnComet2

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The 9500pro will never be as fast as a 9700 pro in cases were memory bandwidth is required. The 9500 pro has a 128-bit memory bus while the 9700 pro has a 256-bit memory bus. So even if clocked at the same speed the 9700 pro will always have double the memory bandwidth.
 

snvpa

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lets not forget that thwe 9600xt has hl 2 packaged w/ it so that adds value. pure card speeds i'd still go 9600xt because the difference is negligible in current games but in future games could become a greater advantage to the 9600xt due to the core reorginization.
 
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ZachM

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snvpa said:
in future games could become a greater advantage to the 9600xt due to the core reorginization.

Whoops, already ordered the 9500.:rolleyes: I guess we'll see.
 

SnComet2

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snvpa said:
lets not forget that thwe 9600xt has hl 2 packaged w/ it so that adds value. pure card speeds i'd still go 9600xt because the difference is negligible in current games but in future games could become a greater advantage to the 9600xt due to the core reorginization.

I don't think the performance between the cards will ever change. It shouldn't atleast considering the 9500 pro uses the same core as the 9700 pro. So if they are still optimzing games for the 9800's, then there should be no difference down the line. So I wouldn't worry too much. I don't know if that's what you meant by core reorginization, so hopefully that makes sense.