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WOW 9800 pro for under 130 quid!!! Be quick!!
« on: May 10, 2004, 13:18 »
I have just bought a radeon 9600pro and am gutted to find that overclockers.co.uk and scan are now doing the 9800 pro for under 130 quid. This has to be the best bargain of the year so far. I have also been informed that the ones overclockers are selling are in fact the R360 cores with samsung memory which can easily be overclocked to the xt!!

If your in need of an upgrade be quick as these wont last long.

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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2004, 13:18 »
Is it just me or is there really a point to overclocking? I look @ it like this ... Would you drive a car round as fast as it will go ALL the time? So why overclock a cpu? .. Or is it just a case of "Mine is faster than yours" @ computer geek school?

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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2004, 13:19 »
Well look at it this way. If you could buy a Ferrari for 60 grand, or you could get the same car for 20 grand but you will have to travel a little further to pick it up, which would you choose?

I'll explain using a processor for example.

When components are made they are made in one batch then clocked down/rebadged accordingly. Take the AMD 2500+ with the Barton core. This is actually a 3200+ just relabled and set to run as a 2500+. The reason companies do this is due to the fact that it costs no more to produce a 3200+ processor than it does a 2500+ processor so they just mass produce the 3200+.

At that time the market was strong for the 2500+ so they just underclocked them and sold them as a 2500+ to meet customer demand. Now the demand is for a higher processor AMD are selling them as the normal 3200+ but those lucky enough to get them at the very cheap price of a 2500+ can easily overclock it to meet the speed of the 3200+. Only last month you could still buy these 2500+ processors at about ?50 compared to around ?150 for the 3200+.

So you can buy a cheap PC setup and boost it up to meet demand for the now power hungry games such as Unreal Tournamant 2004 and FarCry at no extra cost.

The same applies to graphics cards. You can buy a cheap Geforce fx5900xt for about ?130 and just up the memory timings and you almost have a monster Geforce 5950ultra that would cost you almost ?300.

I hope u got the jist of all that  :wink:  Cheaper components dont always mean less performance.

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2004, 13:20 »
Do you not generate more heat when overclocking? Cooling may be sufficient for 2500+ but running as a 3200+ could cause heat problems if you haven't specced for it, especially in a small case.

Are the clocked down items not clocked down for a reason, ie. some kind of inferior quality result in production?

Does overclocking cause higher motherboard temps too?

I know what you're saying, but does it really make that much difference?

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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2004, 13:23 »
Your right Boss, heat is a problem. You have to upgrade both cooling for the processor and the case. Also adding heatsinks to the memory on the graphics card is a good tip, also a better fan but this can be tricky. Cooling is not expensive, about 20 quid for a good cooler, a couple of quid for some case fans and a couple of quid for some heatsinks.

As for the inferior quality, not at all, like I said its all just to meet customer demand. There was no demand for the 3200+ at the time so AMD just made the batch and underated them. A lot cheaper for production this way.

I haven't overclocked as I don't even know what the potential of Athlon 64 is yet, but I do know people who do it for the 32 bit systems and they get better frame rates in the top games.

Its all down to personal preferance, if you don't feel comfortable don't do it is what I say. To be honest a 2500+ will run all games smoothly at the moment, but say in 6-12 months time when demand for games gets bigger then so will the demand to push the PC that little bit further. Thats where those people who overclock benefit from the savings as most of us will just go out and buy that faster processor and video card.

So all in all those who overclock get about one third longer use out of their pc's than those who don't.

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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2004, 13:24 »
Your machine already looks like a turbo nutter beast anyway, without overclocking  :D  :D

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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2004, 13:25 »
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To be honest a 2500+ will run all games smoothly at the moment, but say in 6-12 months time when demand for games gets bigger then so will the demand to push the PC that little bit further.


Why not just buy a games machine ? Sounds like you are spending loads of ? on a pc when a Xbox or PS2 will play games for much longer than 6-12 months ?

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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2004, 13:26 »
MrKD I see you point but my PC will last a good 3 years at the top for games a the moment. Also I do have an Xbox PS2 etc, but they are for the kids.

The thing is with a console you are stuck with the hardware, With a PC you can upgrage the hardware to suit the technology of the games being released, also much more fun on a PC. PC's are years ahead of consoles at the moment in graphical and playability terms.

Have you tried playing first person shooters with a joypad? Also its expensive to play console games online and each game is about ?10 more expensive than the pc, on a PC you just need your connection.

Also consoles are renewed every 3-5 years anyway, about the same time I will either clock or upgrade my PC. A new console costs about ?300, which is about the same it will cost me to upgrade certain components of the PC. All in all I prefer the PC as it can be used for a lot more things, our lass hogs this thing most of the time and she uses it for the internet, the digi camera, etc.

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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2004, 13:28 »
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Have you tried playing first person shooters with a joypad?


I`ve never tried anything with a joypad ...  :wink:

I am 100% not into games ... My PC`s are for business and a tool for making ? ...   8)

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