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Old 07-11-2004, 02:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9800 PRO Video Card, 128MB DDR, 256-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP

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ATI RADEON 9800PRO Video Card, 128MB DDR, 256-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP

I was looking into buying the ATI when I found the other one, Could someone please let me know if they are the same or one is better than the other.

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Old 07-11-2004, 02:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The 1st one was built by Saphire and is powered by ATI (GPU).
The 2nd was built and powered by ATI (GPU).

The 2nd is the best choice. I never buy anything that wasn't made by the same company as the chip. I had the first one. It was a Saphire Radeon 9800 PRO Atlantis. Didn't last very long. It went defective. I sent it back to ATI (not Saphire) and got an ATI built card. Never had any problems since, and my card has taken a hell of a beating...
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Old 07-11-2004, 03:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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there you go, that is the differnce. that is what is with most cards, like the geforce, i have one from pny tech so yeah.
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you often find that when a different manufacturer produces an ati or nvidia card they provide their own cooling solution which can be better. In this case I think that the coolers are the same as sapphire have stuck very closely to the ATI reference board.
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oh so that's why there are differnt brands, is it only becasue of the cooling?
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Not only the cooling... The actual card is built different by each company. The only thing they have similar is the GPU (processor).
And the AGP interface of course!
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The cooling and RAM chips used are probably the most noticeable differences tho I think.
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can you guys list me the best brands just so that i know maybe?

oh yeah, how are they diffrent, wouldn't it just be the same as all the other ones if they are the same every thing just diff manufacture?
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Old 07-12-2004, 01:04 AM   #9 (permalink)
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The difference between these two r prices and software/accessories provided.
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oh ok! that explains alot, cool thanks man that realy helped lol.
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