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Radeon 9800 Pro vs Geforce4 4600ti - Which one?

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Hi gang,

In today's Fry's circular they're offering a Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB DDR 8x card for $189. The price isn't amazing but it's not too bad either. I currently have a Geforce4 4600ti in my 2.6ghz 800mhz FSB 1gig of ram machine.

I have had a hell of a time finding benchmark comparisons between the 9800 Pro and the 4600ti. From what I can tell, the 4600ti "compares" to the Radeon 9700, and the 9800 is a better, faster card than the 9700.

I'm willing to spend the $200ish to upgrade, but am curious if that's a decent upgrade. I'm not necessarily loyal to either nVidia or ATI. I use the machine mostly for newer games, and am currently playing Far Cry, Battlefield Vietnam, X2, Prince of Persia, etc. The 4600ti runs these games pretty well, but the card is now over 18 months old now and I'd like to upgrade without spending hundreds on the latest and greatest.

Any thoughts?
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This will give you a beach mark.

http://www20.tomshardware.com/graphic/20031229/index.html

The Radeon is a very nice card and will blow your 4600 ti out of the water.  If you have the money then go for it.  BFV is in need of a good card like the 9800.
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also adding that card will complete your system and have it almost as close to up to date as you can have it.  

FYI:  the 9800 requires a lot more power then the ti.  So hopefully you have a good power supply.  
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by:decker12
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Yes, that TOm's Hardware link is great. I remember seeing it once before but couldn't remember the URL. So far you're right, the 9800 is blowing the hell out of the 4600ti. My power supply is all set.

$189 sounds like a decent price for a pick-it-up-and-play-now retail store, but I haven't done a ton of comparison shopping yet. What do you think?
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189 is a good price.  What is the link?  

I am currently deciding on whether to upgrade mine.  I have not found an 9800 for that price.  Who is the manufacturer?  I have been looking for about the last week.
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Done and bought. Fry's Electronics is a northern California mega technology retail outlet, like Circuit City or Comp USA. They advertise these giant flyers in the paper, and are currently having a grand opening sale for a new store they opened. Usually their prices are okay, not as good as mail order, but not bad considering they're just a quick drive away. The price on the box was $299.99 but when you bring it up to the register it comes up as $189.

Weird, because they don't advertise the price on any stickers in store, and they always put the "Returned but good as new" boxes of the same product at the front of the shelf. So you have to go in there knowing what's on sale, and then hunt around on the shelf for one that hasn't been opened.

Their only online presence is through outpost.com, but I don't know if the weekend's sales prices are reflected on the merchandise on that website.

Anyway, thanks for the quick response and for that great comparison link.
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your welcome and happy gaming.
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