Excerpt: In the graphics business, there are chip makers and there are board makers. Whereas nVidia supplies GPUs and drivers to card makers to integrate, ATI plays both ends: It sells its chips to board makers but also sells its own branded bundles. For this roundup we tested the ATI Radeon 9800 XT board, which is based on the company's top-shelf chip of the same name.
Conclusion: As expected the BBA 9800Pro offers standard 9800Pro performance matching the others 9800Pro frame for frame, while also offering a slight enhancement with the new Samsung RAMs and value. The score is not bad for a low end test system.
Overall, a sturdy, well priced terrific performer suited for the gaming enthusiast in mind, so if you fit that description, don't be quick to pass on the BBA Radeon 9800Pro 128MB graphics card when making your choice - the name may not be...
Summary: Looking at the 9800 Pro I have to say that it is a very relevant card to today's gaming environment. It was able to produce strong frame rates at high quality while running some of today's toughest games. Given, it does not have the technology of the X800 or the 6800 cores, but, at about half the price, it offers all the processing power you need right now.
Conclusion: The ATI Radeon 9800XT brings speed and stability to older favorites as well as the newest gaming titles. At a current price of $400 or more, the card might be too expensive for most users to consider, but as is often the case with computer hardware, today’s king of the hill is in tomorrow’s bargain bin. This may very well be what we see with the 9800XT in the next few weeks.
Pros: Blazing fast frame rates, excellent image quality and solid drivers
Cons: Faster cards are on the horizon and it may be worth waiting before making your purchase
Summary: Currently the ATI Radeon 9800XT is the video card hardcore gamers should have. Without a doubt this card is the best of the best right now. There were some spots where the 5950 may have benchmarked higher, however when it came to real game play the ATI Radeon 9800XT was always smoother and the frame rates didn’t show the drops the 5950 did.
Excerpt: ATi have now released the Radeon 9800 "XT" edition. This XT version has its core clocked some 8% higher at 412 MHz, and its memory clocked at 7% higher at 730MHz and also has some unique features including ATi endorsed overclocking....
Excerpt: With so many ATi Radeon 9800 Pro cards on the market now, it is important to get one right for you. Whether you are after obscene overclocking, the lowest price or the best looking card, this roundup has the ideal card for you....
Conclusion: Overall, we have to say that the All-In-Wonder Radeon 9800 Pro is one of the finest examples of functionality and performance we have ever had the pleasure of testing. Since things have certainly heated up in the video card wars as of late, we shall see the extent of the tenure this will hold. ATI has out done itself with this one and proves once again what it’s like to be the king for a reason.
Pros: Excellent multimedia capabilities, great for gaming