Well, there is more than one reason to celebrate if you are an ATI fan.  9600 Pro and 9800 Pro cards are both hitting new low price points ($152 and $300 respectively).  Obvious news from Half Life 2 creator Valve shot demand for the whole Radeon line overnight.  On the whole, we have seen prices drop from last week, but do not expect it to last.  As we mentioned on the previous page, it probably isn’t good for the consumer in the long run that we are back to 1 dominate player in the video card world.

Even though NewEgg’s deal seems almost too good to be true, don’t count out our usual weekly pick, the Sapphire 9600 Pro.  We really like the 9500 Pro cards, but unfortunately supplies are really dried up.  The occasional brick and mortar store might still have a 9500 Pro here and there, but it’s finally time to let the poor card go.  Radeon 9500 Pro you will be missed!

Other ATI related news; the 9800SE and 9800XT lines are starting to hit store shelves at certain vendors.  Unfortunately, a lot of information is still under NDA, but you can assure yourselves we will have more to come!

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  • Anonymous User - Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - link

    Kristopher, #16 again. These quotes were taken from the original AnandTech reviews of nForce2 technology.

    "Remember the 12% boost in bandwidth we saw on the nForce2 by going to DDR400? That 12% increase in bandwidth comes at the cost of a 22% increase in latency! The increase in latency is not only due to the slower memory timings DDR400 modules run at but also because the memory bus is no longer synchronous with the FSB when running in DDR400 mode whereas DDR333 matches up perfectly with the new 333MHz Athlon XP FSB."

    "There's no increase in latency when going from a single channel DDR333 to a dual channel DDR333 setup on the nForce2 platform. There is a slight increase when making the same transition with DDR400 because we had to increase some of the timing delays in order to run two channels of DDR400 with the nForce2 while maintaining stability."

    "As we proved in our original review of the nForce chipset, the bandwidth gained from going to dual channel DDR doesn't help unless you're sharing main memory bandwidth with an integrated GPU. In this case we're not and we'll be focusing on IGP performance in a later article, so we can disregard the two 128-bit nForce2 solutions for the rest of this comparison. We also have a balanced FSB/memory bus setup, meaning we have as much bandwidth going to our CPU as we do to main memory, so increasing memory bandwidth without similarly increasing FSB bandwidth would inherently yield poor returns as we're FSB limited at that point."

    Thus, unless the board is capable of running dual-channel in full synchronous mode at 400MHz+ at tight timings, there does not seem to be any advantage. And then again, how many boards that can do this fall into the "half dozen $80 nForce2 motherboards" category?
  • Anonymous User - Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - link

    Kristopher, in answer to your question in #12, how about "official" support of 400MHz front side bus.
  • Anonymous User - Sunday, September 21, 2003 - link

    yeah nforce 400 (single chanel) are good performers.
    I also have a soltek sl-nv400-64 and by some benchmarks they performe better than a dual channel bord.
    So please dont advise not to buy them...
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, September 20, 2003 - link

    Where's those 9800np's? Can't find them, can you? (Are you gonna link to Best Buy?)
  • Anonymous User - Saturday, September 20, 2003 - link

    Don't dance around the subject if you yourself want to come out as substantiated.
  • KristopherKubicki - Friday, September 19, 2003 - link

    #10 (and #3): That is a ridiculous and totally unsubstantiated comment. What (in your opinion) does the NV400 bring to the table that the other half dozen $80 nForce2 motherboards dont?

  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 19, 2003 - link

    Don't buy a single-channel NForce 2 400 board after Anandtech themselves reviewed the Soltek NV-400 as one of the fastest Athlon solutions?!?!
  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 19, 2003 - link

    Perhaps a reason for all this dual-channel advocacy is that quite a few reviewers are actually Intel oriented and fail to see the picture clearly about current AMD system boards.
  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 19, 2003 - link

    #5 I want to know that myself. I'm holding off strickly to buy the 9800XT as soon as it's released, but it's getting tough to hold off. I'm dying for information about this card and scour the net daily now looking for new info.
  • TheSnowman - Thursday, September 18, 2003 - link

    i saw plenty of 9800nps at best buy the other day.

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