Which 9800 Pro to get?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by vuronev, May 31, 2004.

  1. vuronev

    vuronev OSNN Junior Addict

    I'm going to be upgrading to a Radeon 9800 Pro in the next week or two, and after looking over Newegg, I was wondering what the differences are between the ATI brand 9800 Pro (128MB version) and the 3 or 4 9800 Pro 128MB cards from Saphire and Powercolor?

    ATI has just one, but Saphire seems to have 3 that vary in price but from what I can tell don't really vary much any where else.

    Is there a difference between them? Other than price, is any one card better to get than another?

  2. syn

    syn long live xp0!

    College Park, MD
    if im not mistaken, sapphire makes the boards that ati uses before branding them - i could be wrong though. i have a sapphire 9800 pro and am impressed with it.
  3. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Fort Worth, TX
    What SYN said. My ATI branded 9500 PRO is a Sapphire out of Taiwan (I checked the labels). They did stick some of the cables in the box in Canada though.

    Differences are:
    ATI Branded - has 3 year warantee, lots of cables and some software. $249
    Sapphire branded - 1 year warantee, many cables and some software. $207
    OEM (Sapphire) - who knows warantee, limited cables, limited software. $179

    I'm going for the Saphire branded when I do my 9800 PRO upgrade.

    The best built video card I ever saw was a Powercolor so my opinion of them is also high. They seem to be more expensive than Sapphire