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Radeon 9800 Pro Agp

Reviewing: Ati Radeon 9800 Pro  |  Rating:
By jhonzor on
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The Radeon 9800 Pro AGP by ATI is a bit outdated now that PCI - E reins supreme over the graphics card world, which is why i tested it to see how it holds up to todays games.

The Radeon series is meant for gaming and if it didnt live up to gaming, there isnt much hope for it.

However it doesnt disappoint :)Its a well balanced Card and will still perform well with most of todays games. There are a variety of imputs, nothing too fancy just the standard old 1x DVI and 1xVGA. The standard fan you get with the card isnt very good for cooling and I have had to replace it with an overcloking fan used on modern cards to cool it. When i added the fan i saw a change of 10 FPS.

I have tested this card on a variety of games and have got the average of FPS (Frames per second) :

Counter strike source : 80 fps 1900x1200 all settings on high

WoW - 10 fps in Iron forge, 50 fps in the middle of nowhere, all setting on high at 1900x1200.

Day of Defeat source - Since the update i have found a significant drop in FPS with this card. It used to get around 80 FPS like in counter strike but now only gets, on average, 48 fps. All high settings 1900x1200.

Crysis - 5 fps all setting low 1900x1200, This card was NOT meant for this game :).

To get the most out of this card I would overclock it, Overclocking this card was a very straight forward process and can be easily done by anyone with the knowledge. I managed to overclock it to almost double its performance before any artifacts showed.

FAULTS

Sometimes you could get random artifacts apperaing in some of the newer games due to the drivers

You can experience some faults with the molex connector on the card but most of the time it will be just a loose connection.

OVERALL

This card still performs well, even though its been out for many years. It can still play the majority of games but whatever you do, DO NOT PLAY CRYSIS ON THIS CARD! :)

If you have an old AGP computer and you need an update to your graphics card i would consider this card as it is so cheap but you should look at the competitor agp cards such as the Geforce models.