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  radeon 9800 pro saphire edition or radeon 9800 pro all-in-wonder ? 
 
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Justen V Oct 12, 2003, 02:29am EDT Report Abuse
so im saving up for a card and right now i got about 300 in cash sitting at home and i wonder if i should just use that 300 and buy a radeon 9800 saphire or save up about another 60 bux and get a all in wonder? would there be better benefits in getting a all in wonder. saphire is still kind of new so it might be buggy. i dunt know can sum1 help me out here?


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Wildwood Oct 12, 2003, 02:39am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: radeon 9800 pro saphire edition or radeon 9800 pro all-in-wonder ?
Don't bother with the 9800AIW unless 'video-in' is important to you. If you want to download movies from a video camera or something then get it. I don't believe that Sapphire cards have any more or any less problems than any others.


Justen V Oct 12, 2003, 02:40am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: radeon 9800 pro saphire edition or radeon 9800 pro all-in-wonder ?
well that saves me about 60 bux man thx i appreciate it let me know if anyone thinks different then this guy

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Justen V Oct 12, 2003, 03:19am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: radeon 9800 pro saphire edition or radeon 9800 pro all-in-wonder ?
would this be a good card to get? RADEON 9800PRO 128M SAPPHIRE OEM RADEON 9800 PRO 128MB DVI/TV 8X AGP BULK ??????

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Jose Garcia Oct 12, 2003, 03:50am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: radeon 9800 pro saphire edition or radeon 9800 pro all-in-wonder ?
I personally stay away from OEM Bulk pack product.

Read on, cuz it may still hold true:

Back way back when, I purchased about five creative labs sound blaster 32's within three different occasions. Three of those cards were bulk pack oem, and two were retail. Of the three bulk pack sound cards, none were the same. Each had had a different level of features....most of wich were missing.

The Retail cards were identical, even though one was from best buy, and the other from a computers show vendor. Go figure.

If you do buy an OEM/bulkpack card, keep this in mind:
Make sure you are getting the same warranty, (usually 1 year.) There should be a small but noticable savings since you will probrably not be getting a sealed box with full documention and software. Lastly, and probrably difficult, try to get the latest revision of that card. I usually compare the cards at a computer show/ swap meet.

Good luck, and let us know how you like the new card.




Wildwood Oct 12, 2003, 05:47am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: radeon 9800 pro saphire edition or radeon 9800 pro all-in-wonder ?
Jose makes some very valid points regarding OEM -vs- Retail. I personally by mostly OEM though. Just for the savings. But there are disadvantages. Sometimes you don't get the software with it. And you have to download it from the manufacturers web site. Doesn't bother me to do that.
To answer your question though, the Sapphire Radeon 9800pro is an excellent card. As with any computer component problems can arise. For this reason you need to make sure that you can exchange it if there's a problem. And if you do exchange it, will it cost you anything.

I prefer to buy from a solid reseller. Like http://www.newegg.com/
But if you have some other reseller you want to buy from, at least check them out first at http://www.resellerratings.com/


grant fanning Oct 12, 2003, 09:25am EDT Report Abuse
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i usually dont use the software or drivers that came on the CD anyway. and documentation is pretty much a waste of space

although retail cards come with all sorts of cables and adapters and stuff. not sure about OEM

ant decto Oct 12, 2003, 09:34am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: radeon 9800 pro saphire edition or radeon 9800 pro all-in-wonder ?
Retail cards can be as difficult to buy as OEM.

Powercolor do about 4 versions of the Radeon 9600 each with a different memory speed on it. Obviously the faster memory makes a faster card but if your buying how do you know which 'Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB' your getting.

I was recently stung with a boxed ASUS FX5200 which had 333Mhz Ram instead of 400Mhz as listed on the website and in various reviews. Trusted brand name and retail box yet not what I thought I'd paid for.

The quality of both OEM and Retail cards is difficult to spilt, often they are the same cards....

Just check the specifications very carefully and check with the vendor to ensure it's what you expect.... otherwise you have no real recourse.

Ant

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Justen V Oct 12, 2003, 12:40pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: radeon 9800 pro saphire edition or radeon 9800 pro all-in-wonder ?
well, you guys sound like u have had first hand experience with many of these different kinds of cards. this is the first time ive bought a card so im hoping to get the best deal for my money. im looking for a radeon 9800 pro that will last me a couple years and will have excellent performance in the latest graphics for games. if you guys find any good deals for around 300 let me know.

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Justen V Oct 13, 2003, 11:11pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: radeon 9800 pro saphire edition or radeon 9800 pro all-in-wonder ?
well i bought RADEON 9800 PRO 128 MB DDR DUAL HEAD ultra fast 256-bit TV OUT DVI OEM 8x AGP today. ill let u guyz know how i like it once i get it in two days. thx for all ur help

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Mike L Oct 13, 2003, 11:21pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: radeon 9800 pro saphire edition or radeon 9800 pro all-in-wonder ?
I'm a proud owner of (what ATeck claims to be) a retail Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB. Strangely, they didn't send it in the box, which made me a bit mad. Well, that's aside from the question I'm getting at. Pardon my freedom, but WTF is the Saphire edition? It an Asus thing?


Who cares if the glass is half empty OR half full, if you're thirsty it'll all be gone anyways...
Wildwood Oct 14, 2003, 03:14am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: radeon 9800 pro saphire edition or radeon 9800 pro all-in-wonder ?
Mike L.-
Sapphire is just another company that takes the ATI GPU's and makes ATI based graphics cards. Like many companies do.


Justen V Oct 17, 2003, 06:29pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: radeon 9800 pro saphire edition or radeon 9800 pro all-in-wonder ?
got my card yesterday and installed it so far its awesome. i luv the card. hopefully it will handle World of Warcraft well when i get it. anyway its a great card i thank u all for helping me out. does anyone know where i can get an aliasing program from?

-=[One night i was dreaming that i was eating giant marshmellows, and when i woke up my pillows were missing]=-
Nathan Peterson Oct 18, 2003, 10:52pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: radeon 9800 pro saphire edition or radeon 9800 pro all-in-wonder ?
As far as I know, Sapphire basically takes the ATI specs, and makes them exactly...

And I think theyre an ATI Exclusive company, that does R&D with ATI, but Im not positive.

-Nathan



 

    
 
 

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