Leadtek 5950U vs ATi 9700 Pro
Most of you know by now that I sold my beloved 5950, and had to find a replacement. I checked ebay for faulty cards, the only one that I'd be able to RMA was this one. So I bought it for £28, bear in mind I sold my 5950 for £170
It arrived so I powered it up. Minor screen corruption, drivers didn't fix it, a few bios options didn't fix it, so I tried 3dmark out of interest and it wouldn't display some of them so..
I hunted for bios files for my card and after a while finally managed to find one with the extension ".14" which I changed to .rom - Like one of her other files. This luckily worked! I just completed 3dmark03 with no artifacts whatsoever.
I was VERY suprised at my result... Look at this...
Processor @ 2.2Ghz/5950U = 5892 (£170) (Stock fan)
Processor @ 2Ghz/9700 Pro = 5086 (£28) (Stock fan)
Considering the 200 mhz drop in processor speed and the price difference, this is an INCREDIBLE result, in my opinion obviously. The card isn't even overclocked yet!
I hope this changes some peoples views on just how crappy ATi are, it's certainly changed mine.
Asus A7N8X Deluxe - Rev 2.0 - Bios Ver. 1007
AMD Athlon XP-M 2200+ - @ 11x188 = 2Ghz (1.75Vcore)
ATi Radeon 9700 Pro (Almost as good as my old 5950U!)
Corsair 512MB XMS TwinX Low Latency DDR 400 - @ 188Mhz
3dmark03 Score: 5086