ATI RADEON 9800 PRO Graphics Card

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RADEON 9800 Series of visual processors is the most visually advanced 3D performer on the planet, delivering an immersive, cinematic experience for the most demanding next-generation games with 128MB of DDR memory and a 256-bit memory interface. Merging advanced stability with revolutionary features, RADEON 9800 Series is the only Visual Processing family in its 2nd generation.
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Slot/Port Type AGP 8x
Video Chipset Radeon 9800 PRO
Interface Connection DVI Yes, VGA Yes, S-Video Yes
Functionality 2 Monitors
normalized-Installed Video Memory 128
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ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB AGP
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 4, 2008

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ATI RADEON 9800 PRO Graphics Card.
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Great card when it first appeared. Worked well with most software and very few problems. Lasted longer than 9 years.

Weakness: Limited usefulness on new software requirements.

This card has lasted me for over nine years of extensive use. I had it in a Dell XPS and it finally gave up the ghost. I think the fan may have quit working on it causing it to overheat and cause vertical lines to appear on my monitor.

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1 Star Review   By member jasonsmmnds - Oct 1, 2007   

Strengths: great graphics

Weakness: ati customer service

card is great untill you need to use the warrenty. the fan stoped on mine cant buy the fan anywhere so you have to send it in to have a new one put on. it took five weeks before i got it "fixed" when i got it back it was a diffrent card diffrent serial number and put green lines on the screen where you couldnt view the screen. called them back always got voice mail never a call back opened several work ticket on website finaly called better business bureau and a week later ati called me and promised me a new card within 4 days its been 6 and i still havent gotten it.

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One of the Greatest Video cards of all time
5 Star Review   By member konman43 - Apr 11, 2006   

Strengths: Can play many of the "modern" games at good frames per second, compared to other cards that are 4 years old. still beats many of the lower end new generation cards fps wise. ati has a great warranty

Weakness: it's an old card only 128mb ram

if you have a newer card these came with the same gpu's as the 9800xt's so you can theoretically run it like a 9800xt without the 256mb of ram. if you can find a card for less than a eighty dollars it's a good deal. I'd choose this over the ati 1300's, and geforce 6200s any day. at 15-70fps i still pwn on CSS.

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Constantly Crashes
1 Star Review     

Strengths: Display is impressive right before it crashes

Weakness: crashes constantly

I have totally troubleshot my entire system. We conducted multiple reformats. Comes down to the graphics card. Wben the card is replaced system is stable - put card back in - crash city.

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2 Star Review   By member JeffMyren - Dec 4, 2004   

Strengths: Smooth, Great Price ($149.99 after rebates)

Weakness: When I play a game or do 3dMark It crashes, I think

I purchased this along with my HDTV Wonder. Read my review on that too! Whenever I run 3dMark05 or 3dMark03 everything will be fine for like 30 sec or 1 min. All of a sudden my computer beeps and the screen shows some wired crazy stuff, usaully a rought multicolored-dark colored look to it. I have sent ATI 3 emails and have not otten any responce in over 12 days. Very frusterated. I can play CounterStrike source for like 10minutes until it craps out on me.

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5 Star Review   By member Zumer - Aug 8, 2004   

Strengths: Great, great card! Not a lot I can add to what others have written. I know this is probably redundant and most of you know to update the drivers, but with this card it is really really critical.

As I posted above, most of the comments posted by other reviewers are accurate. This is a terrific card and I'm glad I spent the money on it. The only thing I would really point out that I think is not stressed enough is... immediately update the drivers from the website! I can't stress this enough!

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2 Star Review   By member voidvector - Jun 26, 2004   

Strengths: Speed and everything else advertised

Weakness: Driver!!!

I love the speed and capacity of this card. I would have praised the card for its awesomeness, however, the fact that driver sucks totally pull it down the drain. The first week, when I am playing a 3D game, the game often crashes to the desktop. I figured out that the problem of the driver because when I swtch the driver to an older version, the crash reduced significantly. Although, this seems to be a solution, however, the fact that I am "update paranoid" (windows update is my homepage) I am constantly annoyed by this problem.

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4 Star Review   By member Hammer67 - Jun 23, 2004   

Strengths: Speed!! Recent driver support from ATI has been great. Every game seems to smoke at full settings

Weakness: GPU overclocks fine but the memory does not. Still a little on the expensive side.

This card has taken everything I have thrown at it. It is a great upgrade from an older Geforce 3 Ti200. It's great playing Far Cry at full detail with no framerate degradation. The only hiccup I have seen is in Painkiller with full details and AA at the max. It will slow a tad. Other then that, it is awesome.

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4 Star Review   By member JessePhipps - Jun 11, 2004   

Strengths: Graphics, Speed

Weakness: Price, technology starting to go out of date.

This is a darn fast card. Just bought it less then a month ago & have been very happy with it. The quality of the images is amazing. The price is a little steap being that the cards chips are getting a little old... but hey, Apple just made this their high end card of choice. Not a bad indorsement.

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5 Star Review   By member Exodus220 - May 7, 2004   

Strengths: Powerful card, carries ATI name (gotta love that), great price, awesome graphics.

Weakness: Weak software bundle. No games included so I could see how this super card works with new games.

I upgraded from my ATI 9000 Pro 128 and it was a huge difference, sort of. I haven't been playing tons of hardware demanding games, but I can tell you that it has made a noticeable difference. Running the demo for UT 2004 is silky smooth and much more fun with the details turned up super high including Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering. So it doesn't seem to have any problems playing most of the newer games. I was dissapointed that there weren't any games included with the hardware so I could see how great this new card really is. But it is only a minor problem because I can just download them off the internet. Now I am satisfied with my little gaming machine: Shuttle XPC NForce2 Ultra MB, AMD 2700+@2.17ghz, 768 MB PC2700 DDRRAM, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128, WD 160 gig hdd, Lite-On 12x DVD+/-RW, and some other stuff that doesn't really matter all that much. Overall, I recommend this card to anyone looking for a good upgrade and has around $200 to spend.

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Description
RADEON 9800 Series of visual processors is the most visually advanced 3D performer on the planet, delivering an immersive, cinematic experience for the most demanding next-generation games with 128MB of DDR memory and a 256-bit memory interface. Merging advanced stability with revolutionary features, RADEON 9800 Series is the only Visual Processing family in its 2nd generation.
Quick Glance
Slot/Port Type AGP 8x
Video Chipset Radeon 9800 PRO
Interface Connection DVI Yes, VGA Yes, S-Video Yes
Functionality 2 Monitors
normalized-Installed Video Memory 128
Summary
Product Title ATI RADEON 9800 PRO Graphics Card
Manufacturer ATI
Lowest Price $119.95 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 4.4 | 30 Reviews
Graphics Chipset
Core Clock Speed: 380 MHz
Memory
Installed Video Memory: 128 MB
Effective Memory Clock Speed: 680 MHz
Memory Technology: DDR SDRAM
Compatibility
Slot Space Required: 1
System Requirements: RADEON 9800 Series of products requires connection to your PC's internal power supply for operation. Consult your system builder or OEM to ensure your system has an adequate power supply. Otherwise, ATI recommends a 300-Watt power supply or greater to ensure normal system operation where a number of other internal devices are installed. Intel® Pentium® 4/III, Celeron II, AMD® K7/Athlon®/ Athlon® XP with AGP 8X (0.8v), 4X (1.5V) or Universal AGP 3.0 bus configuration (8X/4X). 128MB of system memory Installation software requires CD-ROM drive DVD playback requires DVD drive
System Type: PC
Warranty
Warranty Information: 3 Year Limited
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URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Chipset Line: Radeon
Category: Video
Bus Width: 256 bit
AGP Support: AGP 4X, AGP 8X
RAMDAC Speed: 400 MHz
Number of S-Video Output: 1
Software Included: CATALYST
Brand Name: AMD
Number of DVI Output: 1
Analog Signal: Yes
Color Depth at Maximum Resolution: 16.7 Million Colors (32-bit)
Type of Video Card: 2D/3D Video w/TV Support
SKU: 629189
Parent Retsku: B00008ZPJP
Description: RADEON 9800PRO 128MB
Max Resolution: 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA)
Chipset Series: 9
Class: Card
Base Warranty: 3 year(s)
Number of VGA Output: 1
Frequency Band: Operating Systems Support: - Windows® XP - Windows® 2000 - Windows® Me Display Support: - VGA connector for analog CRT - S-video or composite connector for TV / VCR - DVI-I connector for digital CRT or flat panel - Drive two displays simultaneously with independent resolutions and refresh rates Features: - Eight parallel rendering pipelines - Four parallel geometry engines - MPEG-2 decoding with motion compensation, iDCT and color space conversion - All-format DTV/HDTV decoding - YPrPb component output - Adaptive de-interlacing and frame rate conversion - Dual integrated display controllers - Dual integrated 10-bit per channel 400 MHz DACs - Integrated 165 MHz TMDS transmitter (DVI 1.0 compliant and HDCP ready) - Integrated TV Output support up to 1024x768 resolution - Optimized for Pentium® 4 SSE2 and AMD Athlon 3Dnow! - Windows® Logo Program compliant At-a-glance: - Prepare yourself for the world's fastest and most compelling gameplay, courtesy of the unprecedented power, control and eight-pipeline architecture of RADEON 9800 Series. - Experience feature film quality on your PC, the new standard in 3D entertainment. - Advanced stability meets revolutionary features with support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0, - OpenGL® feature sets and the only cinematic quality Visual Processing Unit in its 2nd generation. Features: - Cinematic Rendering: - 128MB of DDR memory provides increased performance when rendering high resolution textures, characters, and environments - 256-bit memory interface delivers the bandwidth for real-time 3D graphics and barrier-free performance - 8-pixel pipeline architecture doubles the rendering power of other graphics processors Generation Now Technology: - Supports the latest Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 and OpenGL® feature sets, ensuring long-term compatibility with the hottest gaming releases. - FULLSTREAM removes blocky artifacts from streaming Internet video to deliver smoother looking, higher quality online content. - VIDEOSHADER integrates features to provide unprecedented support for digital and high definition video.
Digital Signal: Yes
Display Refresh Rate: 85 Hz
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ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB AGP
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 4, 2008

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ATI RADEON 9800 PRO Graphics Card.
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Great card when it first appeared. Worked well with most software and very few problems. Lasted longer than 9 years.

Weakness: Limited usefulness on new software requirements.

This card has lasted me for over nine years of extensive use. I had it in a Dell XPS and it finally gave up the ghost. I think the fan may have quit working on it causing it to overheat and cause vertical lines to appear on my monitor.

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ati dosnt honor warenty
1 Star Review   By member jasonsmmnds - Oct 1, 2007   

Strengths: great graphics

Weakness: ati customer service

card is great untill you need to use the warrenty. the fan stoped on mine cant buy the fan anywhere so you have to send it in to have a new one put on. it took five weeks before i got it "fixed" when i got it back it was a diffrent card diffrent serial number and put green lines on the screen where you couldnt view the screen. called them back always got voice mail never a call back opened several work ticket on website finaly called better business bureau and a week later ati called me and promised me a new card within 4 days its been 6 and i still havent gotten it.

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One of the Greatest Video cards of all time
5 Star Review   By member konman43 - Apr 11, 2006   

Strengths: Can play many of the "modern" games at good frames per second, compared to other cards that are 4 years old. still beats many of the lower end new generation cards fps wise. ati has a great warranty

Weakness: it's an old card only 128mb ram

if you have a newer card these came with the same gpu's as the 9800xt's so you can theoretically run it like a 9800xt without the 256mb of ram. if you can find a card for less than a eighty dollars it's a good deal. I'd choose this over the ati 1300's, and geforce 6200s any day. at 15-70fps i still pwn on CSS.

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Constantly Crashes
1 Star Review     

Strengths: Display is impressive right before it crashes

Weakness: crashes constantly

I have totally troubleshot my entire system. We conducted multiple reformats. Comes down to the graphics card. Wben the card is replaced system is stable - put card back in - crash city.

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2 Star Review   By member JeffMyren - Dec 4, 2004   

Strengths: Smooth, Great Price ($149.99 after rebates)

Weakness: When I play a game or do 3dMark It crashes, I think

I purchased this along with my HDTV Wonder. Read my review on that too! Whenever I run 3dMark05 or 3dMark03 everything will be fine for like 30 sec or 1 min. All of a sudden my computer beeps and the screen shows some wired crazy stuff, usaully a rought multicolored-dark colored look to it. I have sent ATI 3 emails and have not otten any responce in over 12 days. Very frusterated. I can play CounterStrike source for like 10minutes until it craps out on me.

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5 Star Review   By member Zumer - Aug 8, 2004   

Strengths: Great, great card! Not a lot I can add to what others have written. I know this is probably redundant and most of you know to update the drivers, but with this card it is really really critical.

As I posted above, most of the comments posted by other reviewers are accurate. This is a terrific card and I'm glad I spent the money on it. The only thing I would really point out that I think is not stressed enough is... immediately update the drivers from the website! I can't stress this enough!

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2 Star Review   By member voidvector - Jun 26, 2004   

Strengths: Speed and everything else advertised

Weakness: Driver!!!

I love the speed and capacity of this card. I would have praised the card for its awesomeness, however, the fact that driver sucks totally pull it down the drain. The first week, when I am playing a 3D game, the game often crashes to the desktop. I figured out that the problem of the driver because when I swtch the driver to an older version, the crash reduced significantly. Although, this seems to be a solution, however, the fact that I am "update paranoid" (windows update is my homepage) I am constantly annoyed by this problem.

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4 Star Review   By member Hammer67 - Jun 23, 2004   

Strengths: Speed!! Recent driver support from ATI has been great. Every game seems to smoke at full settings

Weakness: GPU overclocks fine but the memory does not. Still a little on the expensive side.

This card has taken everything I have thrown at it. It is a great upgrade from an older Geforce 3 Ti200. It's great playing Far Cry at full detail with no framerate degradation. The only hiccup I have seen is in Painkiller with full details and AA at the max. It will slow a tad. Other then that, it is awesome.

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4 Star Review   By member JessePhipps - Jun 11, 2004   

Strengths: Graphics, Speed

Weakness: Price, technology starting to go out of date.

This is a darn fast card. Just bought it less then a month ago & have been very happy with it. The quality of the images is amazing. The price is a little steap being that the cards chips are getting a little old... but hey, Apple just made this their high end card of choice. Not a bad indorsement.

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5 Star Review   By member Exodus220 - May 7, 2004   

Strengths: Powerful card, carries ATI name (gotta love that), great price, awesome graphics.

Weakness: Weak software bundle. No games included so I could see how this super card works with new games.

I upgraded from my ATI 9000 Pro 128 and it was a huge difference, sort of. I haven't been playing tons of hardware demanding games, but I can tell you that it has made a noticeable difference. Running the demo for UT 2004 is silky smooth and much more fun with the details turned up super high including Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering. So it doesn't seem to have any problems playing most of the newer games. I was dissapointed that there weren't any games included with the hardware so I could see how great this new card really is. But it is only a minor problem because I can just download them off the internet. Now I am satisfied with my little gaming machine: Shuttle XPC NForce2 Ultra MB, AMD 2700+@2.17ghz, 768 MB PC2700 DDRRAM, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128, WD 160 gig hdd, Lite-On 12x DVD+/-RW, and some other stuff that doesn't really matter all that much. Overall, I recommend this card to anyone looking for a good upgrade and has around $200 to spend.

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5 Star Review   By member Rehlyimah - Apr 11, 2004   

Strengths: FAST, leading performance and well-built software

Weakness: Weak stock cooler (Only noticeable with most of the fans off)

Great video card. I'm using P4 3.2 GHz, P4C800-ED, 1Gb PC3200, 160Gb 7200RPM SATA HD, I've seen the maximum potential this thing can run at and it's probably the best card you can get. (Excluding the 9800 XT, which costs an excessive amount of money for the performance gain) The only thing is that you might want to add a good aftermarket cooler, because unless you're running an absurd number of fans (I am- 7x80mm) it will likely overheat. As of now, buy ATI; some of their specs might not measure up to NVidia's but their performace exceeds it.

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5 Star Review   By member gsx8o - Feb 14, 2004   

Strengths: BEST 3D graphics I have seen

Weakness: The price may be too high

I recommend this product for hardcore computer gamers whom look for the best 3D graphics for the average consumer line. ATI is currently the leader of the 3D gaming world with their Radeon 9800 Pro technology. I do NOT recommend this product for mainstream computer users and professional 3D graphic designers. This product may too pricy for the average computer user and insufficient in needs for 3D designing software.

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5 Star Review   By member Major_Carnage - Feb 12, 2004   

Strengths: GPU can overclock to over 450MHz

Weakness: Memory cant overclock to more than 378MHz and actually decreases as you increase the GPU voltage.

I overclocked my 9800Pro to over the speed of an XT and it worked perfectly. I have been tweaking my Sapphire 9800Pro for about a month now, using overclocking utilities, BIOS flashes, and volt-mods.

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5 Star Review   By member nykilla69 - Feb 6, 2004   

Strengths: this card is the best of the best becouse it so much fatser then g-force crap. The framerate damn man its amazing!!!!!!!

Weakness: none man everything is the best.

This card kills anything on th emarket right now g-forceis crap after months the g-force cards start to get bad. Right now the drivers for this ati9800 card are not really good there ok. Ati company connot find a good one becouse the card is the best of the best. When ati finds a good driver for the card damn man its going to be the future. THIS CARD WILL NEVER FAIL U I PROMISE!!!!!!!! ATI IS THE BEST COMPANY

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5 Star Review   By member pshuo - Jan 31, 2004   

Strengths: amazing gfx, outstanding performance

Weakness: lil pricy

best video card i've ever owned. has been up and running for more than 3 months, never met any driver issues. would recommand to serious gamers. 9600xt or 9700 pro would be good alt. choices too. ati all the way!

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2 Star Review   By member DH21187 - Jan 14, 2004   

Weakness: Buggy, Media Software Does not Work

I purchased this card to replace my AIW 8500 card, bad mistake. The TV video is worse, I cannot get the media software above 8.5 to function. Any version higher will not record video or if it does there is no sound. Regular computer use, games and windows aps run fine most of the time. I now get system lockups which I have never had before installing the card and I'm assuming the card is the problem. I would not reccomend this card to anyone.

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5 Star Review   By member rancid36 - Jan 13, 2004   

Strengths: Super easy install. 3.10 drivers outstanding. Great performance for price.

Weakness: None I have observed.

Install was a breeze. I replaced the excellent Nvidia 4600Ti. I am know able to turn-on alot more eye candy with the 9800 Pro. Overclocking is resonable. I paid $280.00 for the card and am very happy with the upgrade. You can't go wrong with the purchase of the card.

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1 Star Review   By member jackstan88005 - Dec 31, 2003   

Strengths: Great card (while it works)

Weakness: ATI provided me absolutely horrible support when I began to have issues

My cousin warned me when I told him I was buying an ATI card that they had horrible support. **I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED**. Card worked great for 4 months and then I installed their Nov/Dec 2003 driver update and now I can't even turn my computer on - the card fails on the post test giving me a message that the power supply isn't attached to the card (even though its fan is spinning). The support I've received from ATI has been *rediculous*. A total and complete joke. Their idea of support is "hey, here's a list of what might be the problem." OHHHH THANKS. You know, I don't have a problem with a video card that's having issues - hey, it happens. Even to the best products. But there's no excuse for bad support, impenatrable support websites, taking 48 hours to answer support eMails, etc. Stay away from ATI's products friends, because when they break or don't work, you're all alone.

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5 Star Review   By member radical101 - Dec 24, 2003   

Strengths: Outstanding craftsmanship and unmatched Performance at the highest level

Weakness: I had some VERY MINOR driver problems

this is overall great product, it has great features, great looks, awe inspiring performance, and overal serves as nothing less than a prime example of what good craftsmanship really is.

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5 Star Review   By member herbertt - Nov 7, 2003   

Strengths: Excellent, top-notch graphics performance and rendering; speed, speed, and more speed is this graphic card's claim to fame...and it delivers that without question!

Weakness: None! ATI usually hits the mark with their graphics cards and the Radeon 9800 Pro is no exception. I did have a driver installation problem with Linux Redhat 9.0, but maybe that was clumsy ol' me!

I've been a consistent ATI graphics card user from "way back", since the old ISA based VGA Wonder and Graphics Ultra Pro days, circa 1988. ATI has never let me down in reliability, compatibility, and sheer performance. ATI's video chipsets always seem to be the best and most stable performers on the market. I purchased the Radeon 9800 Pro card as a replacement to a newly purchased Radeon 9700 Pro, which is now running top notch in my wife's 2.8 GHz P4 machine. The Radeon 9800 Pro's AGP 8x interface and Direct 9.0 compatibility makes this graphics card a top-notch graphics and gaming performer. The card has its own power plug instead of drawing power from the AGP slot, the first such setup I've seen. When I saw that, I knew I was on to something special in performance. I have it running in an 8x AGP slot on a Intel SE7505VRB dual Xeon (3.06 GHz) CPU motherboard. The graphics board is an outstanding performer and the drivers seem compatible with all my software under Win 2000. MPEGS, streaming video, web browsing, scanning and modifying JPEGS, and games just seem to fly around the screen. I plan to buy a 3-D game soon and check out that aspect of the card's performance. I did have some problems loading ATI's Linux Redhat drivers for the card. Redhat natively sees the card as something entirely different (VESA graphics card, 128 Mb). But the card works just fine in Linux, in spite of not having dedicated drivers, so it's not a big deal to me right now.

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5 Star Review   By member hatchi - Nov 2, 2003   

Strengths: The bomb best card out there for the money no need for any other

Weakness: None that i can find,get the new drivers after you get it

Very easy to install,blows away the nvidia 5600 card i had,i did not know how sharp and clear and the color was until i bought this card on my NEC moniter see more things in games,best 300.00 i could spend

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4 Star Review   By member danieltjahya - Oct 20, 2003   

Strengths: image quality

Weakness: some rendering problem in some games with the AA and AF on, such as C&C:Zero Hour and Splinter Cell. no heatsink, temperature and fan monitor/controller. still using 0.15 micron technology

POWER..., it is worth ur money. With my computer spec.P4 2.53(B)Ghz (FSB 533Mhz), 40Gb Maxtor(7200rpm), dual-channel 2x512Mb DDR PC2700 Kingston, MSI 865PE Neo2 series motherboard, & 3.4 catalyst, my Gigabyte Ati Radeon 9800pro 128Mb result for 3DMark2003 'fly' till 5833 points in default setting.But once i install 3.6 catalyst, it droped till 5739 points in default setting.I bought it 3 days ago which cost me RM.1590,00 (about US$420). I have to buy Gigabyte brand, cos i can find any ATI from the com. shop in Malaysia. And my friend using Gigabyte ATI Radeon 9800pro 256Mb DDR-II,with his computer spec. P4 2.8(c)Ghz (FSB 800Mhz), 40Gb Western Digital(7200rpm) with 8Mb memory buffer, dual-channel 2x512Mb DDR PC3200 Kingston (Hyper-X), same motherboard, & 3.6 catalyst, it just reach 5713 points with default setting. Both computers were tested by myself. These results make me confused. How can it be my friend result is lower than mine? Both of these cards don't come with temperature and fan speed monitor/setting, and also only 0.15 micron technology whereby the 9600 version already use 0.13 micron. And for the 128Mb version, its memory chips do not equip with heatsink which will limit the overclock potential.

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5 Star Review   By member sk8lvr - Sep 13, 2003   

Strengths: For gaming: Super fast and breath taking speed and image quality. All the Above: Awsome

Weakness: The card is great but one problem, its OVERheats.

I was suprised with the abilities this video card had. I was amazed the 3dmark score this thing can achieve. Well im running a 3.4 ghz processor(overclocked), P4C800, and 1 GB of PC3200(2 sticks of 512). My 3dmark score was about 5803, without overclocking. Well, if you overclock this thing to 459mhz core, and 782mhz ram clock, you will get over 6500 3dmarks depending on the setup you have runnin. Well overall, this card is the shiznic and I have no regrets, except the fact it overheats. One suggestion, get a new cooler on it. It dosn't overheat in dx8 games, only in games like call of duty that run dx9.

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5 Star Review   By member Texanhacker - Aug 28, 2003   

Strengths: Outstanding performance.

Weakness: Price is a little high compared to other cards.

You certainly get the best hardware from ATI. The performance metrics on the adapter is amazing. I have not found any other adpater that can provide the 3D rendering performance found on the 9800 Pro.

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5 Star Review   By member TMOLLO - Jun 26, 2003   

Strengths: This card is super fast and skips the bs.... anyone who plays high end games must get this card ! This is a power users dream card.

Weakness: Definetly none.... every aspect of this card is built for performance.... NO WEAKNESSES.

I read all the hub bub about the 9700Pro and decided to get the All in Wonder9700Pro (Great Card!).... But this card is better, most Tech sites say it's about 17% better, i say it's at least 25%.... I play Unreal, Black Hawk Down and Rainbow Six 3... NO PROBLEM, everything at it's highest settings and the card still burns rubber.... The graphics are fantastic ! There isn't a card out there... not even the 9700Pro that comes close.

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5 Star Review   By member Snstersquirrel - Jun 21, 2003   

Strengths: If you cash flow is doing good, get the big brother of the 9700 pro! The 9800 Pro is out of this world with the images! One kick butt product. Who's NVIDIA?? HAHA

Weakness: NONE, ZERO, Dont even Ask.

I looked at this product for several months. Let me tell you one thing...256mb video cards chipset means beans!! The 5600 and the 5900 Ultra were supossed to disrtoy the 9800 Pro. ATI smoked the 256MB 5600 Ultra without any trouble, and new stats are comming out about the 5900 Ultra. PC Upgrade, a very nice Magazine source, reviewed the 5900 and the 9800 Pro. The settings they used werent the best for both cards, but the 5900 only beat the 9800 in one spot...3DM2003. The 9800 Pro clam QUAKE 3, UT2003flyby, and UT2003 botmatch. Come on who cares only about benchmark, videocards are not rated on bench alone; more importantly its the games!! The ATI 9800 Pro is god. If you would like to know where I got most of my sources before I bought this card, the best magazine I have ever bought was MAXIMUMPC. They know what they are talking about. Shoot, even ATI clamed there is no need to even have a 256MB videocard unless there is a high market demand. NVIDIA always tries to be the first to make something and they always screw it up, and ATI comes in and dominates!! Bottom line....... GET THIS CARD!

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5 Star Review   By member espn2829 - May 16, 2003   

Strengths: The image quality is out of this world -- you won't find a graphics board with better visuals than this. This card is very stable, and I am absolutely glad I purchased it.

If you are looking for a high-end graphics card, the Radeon 9800 Pro is your number 1 choice. I have been playing Max Payne on it since it (Radeon 9800 Pro) arrived -- the graphics are so good I can't put them into words. My older graphics card would not run Max Payne. Now with this board, I should be happy for about 18 months or even longer -- imagine that, 18 months with no worry about upgrading to a new graphics card.

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5 Star Review   By member Contrast - May 7, 2003   

Strengths: Incredibly sharp images and brilliant colors

I installed this card as a final upgrade to my computer. I replaced an aging Geforce 2. I can't find any game that challenges this card and I am confident that it will be able to handle anything that is thrown at it for quite a while. BTW, I was able to get a 3DMark2001SE score of 16950 with the standard core / memory clocks. I was able to clock this card to 432/371 with no issues. It would go much higher but imperfections started to show up. Radeon 9800 pro AA++

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4 Star Review   By member jefftwelve - Apr 9, 2003   

Strengths: FAST! only 1 slot needed quiet DVD/2D display excellent

Weakness: does not overclock by much came with 9700 software $400+

I had been eagerly anticipating the launch of the GeForce FX for ages. When I saw the thing and that it could hardly outperform the Radeon 9700 Pro I jumped ship and pre-ordered my 9800 Pro. Anyone who is buying a card like this should already be well aware of why even with lower clocks this card is actually faster than the FX, so I will spare you that. What you should know is the impression it made on me. The card was a snap to install (follow the directions) and I didn't have to reinstall any software to take advantage of it. Games RIP! The only game I have found that can even slow it down is Neverwinter Nights, and that can only slow it at 1600X1200 and maximum everything settings. Even then I average 30 (with aniso+FSAA). The card produces almost unnoticeable performance drops using any anisotropic level. FSAA at high resolutions is possible, but expect frame rates of 20-30 in very demanding games at such levels. DVD and 2D is top notch as well, as is always true of ATI. The difference is the unbridled power of the 3D performance in this card. Strangely enough the 9800 came with Catalyst 3.1, I had to download 3.2 and the new control panel (no big deal) but I also didn't get any of the 9800 demos/screen savers! I don't have a high speed connection so I don't get the cool ape demo, the Gargoyle clock, or the Lava Caves (I could, but those downloads take FOREVER on phone lines). Also noteable is the jump in performance 3.2 has over 3.1. Update right away

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