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Old 03-15-2004, 12:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro or ATI Radeon 9800 Pro?

I saw both of these on newegg.com, and I noticed that all the specs are the same, but there is a price difference.

A knowledgable friend told me that the Sapphire isn't an ATI card, therefore its dependibility and performance are suspect.

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*shrug*

The price differemce is negligable (~10) and honestly theres no real big difference in em. Maybe youre lookin at the OEM saphire vs. the ATI retail?
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Old 03-15-2004, 07:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Look around Comp USA has the ATI AIW 9800 Pro
for $249.00 .Best Buy has the ATI 9800 Pro for $199.00
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It's not OEM, it would say that in the specs, would it not?

That isn't the only confusing part though, I saw 2 different ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb TV-Out cards with the same listed specs and different price.

I mean I'd say I want to stay with ATI, but the Sapphire said ATI, also.
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On newegg, it would say OEM or BULK at the end of the name.

I dunno what youre seeing that Im not tho... the price difference is $8.50 according to what Im looking at...

Anyway, only real rule is- stay away from OEM parts. Made with cheaper components and often lack crucial parts that are included with most retail cards.
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Yeah I've heard that OEM is the Devil, and I do stay away from it, but I just can't figure out the difference between these cards!
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no big diff orb. the saphires can be overlocked more. Ati...charges more maybe for the name. Like INTEL...
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Having more overclock ability sounds like a good thing, yet it is cheaper...this doesn't sound right.

Anything sold cheaper and by a different company tends to be built cheaper.
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believe me its like the inel vs amd thing. ATI is bigger name.
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Trust me, I have a sapphire version, it's a damn good deal. Hard to believe heheh.
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