Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by John, Aug 24, 2003.

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    John Guest

    I just wondered which of these cards you'd chose? Would you go for
    the older one with more Memory or the newer one with less? I couldn't
    seem to find any information about the speed of these cards on the ATI
    site. Usually they have something in Mhz that says how fast they are
    don't they? I'd just presume that the 9600 was faster than the 9200
    but had less memory?

    Sapphire ATI Radeon 9200 256MB DDR TV-Out - Retail


    Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600 128MB DDR TV-Out/DVI - Retail

    I may even just go for the 9600 with 256MB, but it is a bit more
    expensive again.

    If you can tell me which you'd prefer between those anyway I'd be
    interested to know your opinion. The 9600 is just a bit more than the
    9200 with 256MB.


    John, Aug 24, 2003
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    Thor Guest

    9600. At 128Mb it will do more for you than the slower one at 256. 128Mb of
    dedicated graphics memory is more than enough.

    Thor, Aug 24, 2003
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    mike Guest

    I'd opt for a 9600 Pro 128Mb. Not sure what the price difference would
    be but, if you are dead set on one of the two you named then get the
    9600 with 128Mb. Aside from the fact that it's unlikely you will ever
    need 256Mb (within the cards useful life anyway) of video ram the 9200
    lacks the power to run a program that would use anywhere near that
    kind of graphics power.
    mike, Aug 25, 2003
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    Vince Slevin Guest

    Id go with the 9600 cuz it has dvi for lcd flat screens. the extra 128mb is
    just a not very noticeable luxury.
    Vince Slevin, Aug 25, 2003
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    Adrian Kwa Guest

    When buying a 9600Pro do look out for the memory speed. There are some cheap
    9600Pro out ther with slower memory chips (200mhz rather than 333).

    Adrian Kwa, Aug 25, 2003
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    mike Guest

    Those are the 9600 Pro EZ video cards. I think ATI is getting a little
    too damn happy with all these different cards.... 9600, 9600 Pro, 9600
    Pro EZ, 9600 Pro Ultra.....
    mike, Aug 25, 2003
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    Tim Guest

    I have my eye on an OEM Sapphire 9800. Just waiting for to drop
    the price below 200 US clams.
    Tim, Aug 25, 2003
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    J.Clarke Guest

    Nope. ATI makes the 9600, 9600 Pro, and 9600 All-In-Wonder. The 9600
    Pro EZ is a PowerColor model not made by ATI, and the 9600 Pro Ultra is
    a Sapphire model, possibly made on the same line as that boards that ATI
    sells under their own brand but not an ATI brand board.

    ATI has little control over what third parties do with their chips.
    J.Clarke, Aug 25, 2003
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    John Hall Guest

    Yeah, I have one and am very happy. The nice thing is that you can turn on
    the eye candy and 4x aa and 8 x anistropic filtering, and still get decent
    frame rates.

    John Hall, Aug 25, 2003
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    mike Guest

    ATI does it too, they have the 9200, 9200 Pro, 9200 SE. Enough
    already. It's marketing hype and it clouds an already unclear issue.
    mike, Aug 26, 2003
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    Chimera Guest


    buyer beware
    Chimera, Aug 26, 2003
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    Tim Guest

    Only 49 clams to go ;-)

    Tim, Aug 26, 2003
  13. Can someone explain ... is there a difference between frame rate and refresh

    I know that I generally run at 75 Hz refresh rate.

    But I've seen people claiming more than 100 frame rate. I know of no
    consumer grade monitor that goes at 100 or more refresh rate. That's what
    leads me to think that frame rate is different from refresh rate.

    What say, Holmes?
    Lester Horwinkle, Aug 27, 2003
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    Randy Guest

    I could be wrong but I think frame rate is the number of frames (clips)
    like a movie can show pre second and refresh rate is how many times your
    monitor will refresh per second or is that milliseconds. I did not do a good
    job explaining but I hope you get the idea.

    Randy, Aug 27, 2003
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    derek / nul Guest

    refresh rate is the scan rate that can be done by the monitor

    Frame rate is the scan rate that can be done by a program (game) running on the
    derek / nul, Aug 27, 2003
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    Ben Pope Guest


    Refresh rate is the number of frames the display draws per second and is
    fixed (for any given video mode).

    Frame rate is the number of times the screen is rendered per second. So if
    the frame rate is half the refresh rate, every other time the display is
    drawn, it can change.
    And I, 85Hz at 1600x1200, but drop the resolution to say, 800x600 and my
    refresh rate will be 120Hz.

    The screen can only change when both the display is refreshed, and the frame
    is redrawn.

    You can redraw the image as fast as you like, but there is little point in
    doing it faster than the refresh rate as the monitor has no way of
    displaying it. In fact, if you do do it faster than the refresh rate, then
    you can get a thing called tearing, where the top half of one frame is
    drawn, and the lower half of another frame is drawn within one display
    refresh - this locks horrible and is the reason I turn on "wait for verticel
    refresh" or "vertical synch". If you turn off vertical synch you can render
    as fast as you like, useful for benchmarking.

    There is plenty of point in refreshing the screen faster than the redraw, as
    the brightness of the phosphor on the monitor (if you have a CRT) decays
    over time and this is why you can see flicker. I like to stay above 80Hz

    Ben Pope, Aug 27, 2003
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    Thor Guest

    That is the refresh rate of the monitor. It redraws the screen 75 times per
    second, and must be synced with the video output of the card. Therefore, the
    card controls the refresh rate of it's video output stages.
    It IS different, but not totally unrelated.
    the frame rate is how many times per second that a new scene can be rendered
    by the card's graphic processor. While it may be possible for the card to
    render a new frame of data 100 times per second, the monitor can only
    display as fast as the refresh rate. They usually have to be "synced" to a
    certain degree to prevent tearing. The tearing is caused by the card
    redrawing the scene out of sync with the refresh interval of the monitor. As
    I undertstand it, when you turn on Vsync, it forces the card to wait until
    the refresh interval to render a new frame. Lastly, there are lots of
    monitors that will do 100Hz or better refresh rate.
    Thor, Aug 27, 2003
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