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9600xt or OC'd 9800se

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Agent_Mull

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Oct 18, 2003
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Leawood, KS
Should i get a 9600xt or a 9800se, flash the bios and OC it?
or i guess what im trying to say is what is the best card for under 200$
 

El<(')>Maxi

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Seattle
Hmm, that depends on your chances of getting a good softmod on the SE. If it modded ok, then without a doubt, it would kill the 9600XT.

Otherwise they are probably not that different performance wise <-----------------just an educated guess.
 

attack

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May 23, 2002
not to thread jack but I was wondering where you get the 9800se AIW, and does it support dual monitors like the 9600 AIW?..

Anyway my input to your situation would be to get a 9700np or p. If you lounge around newegg refurbs you can score one for around 160, or look for someone selling one used in FS/FT forums. I don't believe the XT's are really worth it honestly. There the exact same architecture, just slightly slower speeds, the advantage over a pro is only 5-10% at most, and when OCing the two cards the 9600p should have more headroom so the difference will be more around the 5% mark.

If your set on those 2 options I'd go with the 9600XT though, a 9800se that doesn't softmod is worthless.
 

jibbajab

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Dec 22, 2003
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See this review at Hexus.net - appears that 9600XT and 9800SE perform on a par with each other, but successful soft mod blows away the XT!
I've just bought an Asus 9600XT but if I'd know about the 9800SE softmod before I might have bought it instead...
 

Damian

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Mar 4, 2003
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Can't the 9800SEs with 128-bit memory still be theoretically softmodded to give a 9500pro-ish thing?
 

Genis B

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Aug 8, 2001
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Mel
yep, you can... but it's depends on your luck if you can success or not...

to me.. i would much prefer the 9800SE.. because i would assume it has more headroom to overclock than the 9600XT
 

harryinny3

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Feb 19, 2003
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New York
More headroom?

Heck ive had my XT up to 580 core and at 351.5 memory and still NO artifacts. Im very sure i have A bit more headroom with this thing.

Harry