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I'm looking for a budget card, and have settled on 2 (I think). They are a SAPPHIRE 100561L Radeon 9600PRO 128MB 128-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X or a SAPPHIRE ATLANTIS RADEON 9600 256MB 128-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X. There is a $2.00 difference.

Is there much of a difference between the two? Is the one with more memory better or should I go with the "Pro" version?
 
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The PRO has a higher clock and memory speed. I think the 256MB will be the better choice tho. You may be able to overclock it to get close to the PRO's speeds... just an assumption, not fact.

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i think that review may be based on clock and memory speeds alone.. i didn't see any mention of memory sizes. considering they're both the same price, now I'm thinking that the difference wouldn't be that much.
 
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get the card with more memory. i just upgraded from my 9600 Pro 128 mb to a 256mb card and can't believe the difference. my older games like Morrowind and NeverWinter Nights (both gpu intensive) look and play much differently now. i don't regret it at all.

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Oddly enough, when the 256 cards first started coming out, they were actually a tiny bit slower than the 128's. I'm not sure what caused this, but at the time, nothing really utilized more than the standard 128. I would like to see a comparison between the 2 now that more of the games seem to be pushing the 128 barrier. Anyone got a link for that?
 
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