- Found a blast from the past when cleaning. The ATI Radeon 9800 XT with 256MB of DDR memory!
thats probably 500$ right nowID: hh20kb1
Scalpers are relentlessID: hh2ncbx
it's not scalpers that make it worth that much.. it's the fact that it's one of the last true AGP cards without any pci-ex to agp bridge compatibility issues to worry about.
Retro Gaming system built for windows 9x specially would love to get their hands on a working 9800xt 256mb agp card.ID: hh2yn2n
Those old retro cards were going for high prices before the scalping epidemic I think.
I used to have a 9700 pro back in the day ... it was a beast.ID: hh29onp
Me too. That and 9800 were legendary. Just kicked nVidia's ass for 2 generations! (GeForce 4 and GeForce FX top of the line cards)ID: hh39vi8
The FX cards were legendary. Legendary TRASH!ID: hh2janv
Remember how you could softmod a regular 9700 into a 9700 pro with a bios flash?ID: hh2ozq1
You could actually mod a 9500 into a 9700, which was incredible.ID: hh2nrgh
I did this and it was amazing.ID: hh2yrrs
I had the 9600 Pro. It was my first ATi/AMD GPU. Was a great card. After that I went to the x1950 pro AGP and boy did that card last a while!ID: hh39dti
9600XT & Athlon 3000+ was my Half Life 2 build, it was my first ever ground up build. That shit was amazing.
I had the 9800 Pro which was also a great card at the time.ID: hh296rn
I had the 256bit SE, obviously used omega drivers to get close to pro speeds. To this date it was probably my best bang for buck card. I even had the original Crysis (badly) on that card until I upgraded to an 8800.
It's all coming full circleID: hh4vmsa
If he waits 3 more generations this thing could be a monster on ebay.
Wasn't there a TV win version of that card? If so I used to have one. I used it to output my PC screen to a 40 inch Mitsubishi wide projection screen TV. LolID: hh1qlcw
the All-in-Wonder! That was my first GPU. The dongle was really stupidID: hh22w2s
Yeah. That was what it was called. Had the funky breakout box that you hooked input and output to, I think. It was great for watching movies on. Too fuzzy for PC gaming, although I have done that too.ID: hh1ne0h
yes gpu tv cards were a thing at that time. With coaxial and s-video outputs and even built-in tv tuner.ID: hh22l3y
Yeah. Mine had the TV tuner. I used it for video games when the big TV was busy lol.
Drooled over this card when Counterstrike Source first released
Radeon 9000 series was legendary. Everyone I knew was upgrading to it for HL2 and CS:S. I remember when people were flashing their Radeon 9500s to turn them into 9700s.ID: hh3ebc3
I remember there was a promo, if you bought a 9600XT(?) Card, you would get a free HL2 cd key
This was the first thing in my life that I dreamed of having. It was too expensive for me to buy as a freshman in college but just cheap enough where id have thoughts about maxing out my low limit credit card to buy it. I was running an Nvidia GeForce 5200 and while it could run anything I wanted on low/medium, I knew this card could demolish anything I wanted to play. I couldn’t even touch the box, it was so high end, they put it in a locked glass case, away from the lowly 9600xt and 9200. I ended up saving and getting a 9600xt in the end. I put hours and hours on that 9600xt playing games like BF2 and Fear, and it ended up being my favorite graphics card to date. Mostly because I had to sacrifice so much for it and it felt like a huge accomplishment when I bought it. I love seeing kids with that look in their eyes at Microcenter browsing the current gen cards.ID: hh2q09u
Paid $259 for my 9600xt in 2002-2003 or whenever they were released.
I think this was my first card. Thanks for the nostalgia, like really.
E: and I'll be that Canadian to say... ATI WAS FUCKIN CANADIAN BEFORE AMD BOUGHT IT. You all have a good night 🙂
It was my wet dream... But I was poor student haha. Anyway my 9200 with passive cooling was good enough for me.ID: hh2krmn
Same for me, I played the shit out of the 9200 on Battlefield 1942, those were the days
I had one with the Zalman Copper cooler. Thought I was cool as they come...
Bought one just to play the first far cry in all its graphical glory, the foliage and the water was awesome back in the dayID: hh30inu
That one year (or so) far cry, half life 2 and doom 3 all came out almost at the same time. It was really insane, it seemed like the pace advancement was infinitely fast. Each of those three games pushed the envelope super far in different areas (outdoor environments, detail and believability, and dynamic lighting) all around the same time. Things have felt relatively stagnant ever since.
Ah yes, this card came with a half life 2 voucher that couldn't be redeemed for another 2 years or something
One of my first GPUs but I had the beautiful ASUS variant. Just in time for the release of Half-Life 2.
Remember that cool Animusic demo with the bouncing balls?
Good memories, I had the pro AIW version with the remote and TV tuner
Wasnt this gpu the rival of the geforce 6800 ultra? I remember that these gpu were for Doom 3ID: hh2deed
The ATI 9xxx series "competed" with the Nvidia 5xxx series.
In reality, the 9500, 9700, and 9800 blew all of the 5000 series stuff out of the water. It was a real low point for Nvidia.ID: hh2ji1b
Yes, but Nvidia took the crown back with the 6000 series because it supported DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0. HDR in Oblivion, beautiful water shaders… I remember being sad the X800 series couldn’t do the cutting edge effects even though it was pretty new.ID: hh1sjq9
No that was x850xt peID: hh24s18
The good ol days. That’s about when I started. When the 7000 series was being hyped up. Started with a 6800gs. More value oriented cards gave a lot more for their price than they do today
Had a 9800 and 9700 of some variety back then.
Hands down the most impressive card I ever had was a refurb X800 XT PE direct from Ati. Some years later, there was a class action lawsuit, and they refunded the entire purchase price (~$250 iirc). A couple more years went by, and another class action lawsuit comes by, and they ended up sending me a 4000 HD series card. Think it went into an HTPC and eventually a brother in law put it into a household server. It might still be there…
My old 5870 ran until last year (thank goodness I got a replacement then) and the 4870 I still had in the kids PC is still good, but replaced due to feature compatibility.
You bet I fill out every class action suit form I see.ID: hh26gvb
The first class action was because the solder mask on early production x800's didn't sufficiently cover several test points and through-holes, so moisture could infiltrate the PCB layers and cause a short to ground.
I actually have one I bought several years ago, first thing I did was touch those points with some silicone adhesive. I still use the card in an XP build.
Those were ATI's golden years; 2002-2006...then the 8800 was released and thoroughly fucked them.ID: hh21dbk
I have a HD 5770 in my closet that came from a Crossfire set up in a old Alienware.
I had 2 but I gave one to a buddy who lost it or threw it away or something.ID: hh3br2i
Lol thats nuts. The 4870 was such a legit good card too. I bought mine on release for £180 and it was certainly a high end card at the time...I want that pricing back! I actually had a 3870x2 and sold it to buy the 4870 (with a little change too), because I was fed up with crossfire incompatibility. There was basically no performance drop because the gains between generations at that time was really huge.
My first standalone card was a PCI 9250. Still have it.
I had the Baby Brother of this, the 9600 XT. Was a great card for a while.
I had a 9500 that modded into a 9500 Pro. I was on top of the world when that was a thing.
My friend bought a 9700 Pro used, that thing was amazing too.
Thats ATI's flagship gpu in 2003/2004. Before AMD purchased ATI.