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Would a Radeon 9600Pro be worth buying nowdays?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by CBN2xx, Jun 3, 2006.

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  1. CBN2xx

    CBN2xx Thread Starter

    May 31, 2005
    Hey all.

    I've got this... little question. I am no expert, so I figuered I'd ask here... Anyway, I've got enough money to buy a Radeon 9600Pro, my question is; would it be worth it? Will the graphics card still be of use in, let's say... two years? I mean, of course, it wouldn't be as good, but will it be useless as a FX5200 today? So, you think I should get it, or should I keep my money and save it until I have enough to buy a better card?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    I'm somewhat of a gamer and I had a Radeon 9600XT prevously, needless to say I don't have it anymore. It was getting harder and harder to get good framerates without sacrificing quality.

    But I did play Doom 3, Battleflied 2, and Farcry with it at decent FPS and quality. It did involve tweaking the video card and game settings.

    I would say save up a little more and get a Geforce 6600 as they don't cost too much more and offer much better performance and quality.
  3. silvershield


    Jan 20, 2005
    Depends on what type of games you play... ATI is usually gets along better with RPGs and Flight simulators..etc...and nVidia usually works well with FPSs and other games...
    Also if your pc has a PCI-E slot, make sure you take advantage of that too.
  4. Rumpo-Stiltskin


    May 9, 2006
    Try and pick one up second hand on eBay.
    If it doesn't impress you can sell it on for the same money and it's only cost you postage. ;)
  5. Dark Elite

    Dark Elite

    Apr 4, 2006
    I just bought a Saphire x1600 256mb AGP for 129.99 at NCIX, It brought my 3dmark scores up by 4000 points. Installed and ran off stock stuff. Worth the upgrade.

    From a Radeon 9550, which can be flashed to a 9600. Dont get it, get the x1600/1300 or something from the "x" series. The normal xx00 series are obsolete now
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