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Thread: Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9700PRO VS PowerColor Radeon 9800PR




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    Which card should i go for?

    After reading the TweakTown review i'm a bit worried about the cooling on the Powercolor card.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

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    Sup bro! i have Sapphire Radeon 9700 atlantis pro too, they're alright... check this out it might help you to choose which card to get

    http://forums.tweaktown.com/showthre...threadid=11747

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    I'm not familiar with the Powercolor verison .. but I would take any 9800pro over a 9700pro - besides the performance increase the 9800pro most of the minor bugs and 8X AGP compatability issues worked out

    If you're concerned about the cooling - you can upgrade it easily enough

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    Thanks for the link to the thread.

    I've decided to not get the 9700PRO but the 9800PRO

    Question now being which one

    PowerColor RADEON 9800PRO 128MB DDR TV/DVI-I $792.00

    Sapphire Radeon 9800 PRO Ultimate 128MB DDR 811.00

    Aussie prices of course :flames:

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    Both models look exactly like the ATI referance card. The only 9800Pro I have seen to be different is the Hercules model with a beautiful blue PCB, blue LED cooler and copper ramsinks. That one is 40-50usd more expensive than the average price. I suggest that u look at the rams the two cards have installed. The quality ram would allow room for better overclocking. In Germany both Sapphire and Hercules retail at the same price but I guess Sapphire has better bundled features.
    Here is a link to check out the Hercules overclocked to 427 core and 375 (750DDR) memory clock speeds. this is where good cooling comes to play.
    ( btw the card has 2.8ns Samsung memory = 357MHz(714DDR). )
    Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop
    p4 1.7GHz, 1GB DDR-Ram, 40GB hdd, DVD-ROM+External DVD-+RW, connected to a BenQ 17"LCD Display (own LCD display went nuts)

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    Originally posted by [b]DJ^TuRKiYe
    Thanks for the link to the thread.
    I've decided to not get the 9700PRO but the 9800PRO
    Question now being which one
    PowerColor RADEON 9800PRO 128MB DDR TV/DVI-I 2.00
    Sapphire Radeon 9800 PRO Ultimate 128MB DDR 811.00
    Aussie prices of course :flames:
    I had a BAD experience with PowerColor !!!
    I'd pay the extra $$$ and go with the Sapphire for sure....IMHO ! :cheers:
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    Quote Originally Posted by ufuk21p
    Both models look exactly like the ATI referance card. The only 9800Pro I have seen to be different is the Hercules model with a beautiful blue PCB, blue LED cooler and copper ramsinks. That one is 40-50usd more expensive than the average price. I suggest that u look at the rams the two cards have installed. The quality ram would allow room for better overclocking. In Germany both Sapphire and Hercules retail at the same price but I guess Sapphire has better bundled features.
    Here is a link to check out the Hercules overclocked to 427 core and 375 (750DDR) memory clock speeds. this is where good cooling comes to play.
    ( btw the card has 2.8ns Samsung memory = 357MHz(714DDR). )
    At least you gave a link to the URL...But how did you get Hercules out of PowerColor Vs. Sapphire ???
    P.S. I love that the Hercules card has the sweet copper cooling w/ blue LEDs ! :group:
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    The price for Hercules and Sapphire is the same in Germany. So I thought the same goes for down under. I always value the card for its overclocked performance, Hercules has great frames per buck ratio when overclocked. Besides , as I mentioned before its the only 9800 Pro with a different layout than the reference card.
    Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop
    p4 1.7GHz, 1GB DDR-Ram, 40GB hdd, DVD-ROM+External DVD-+RW, connected to a BenQ 17"LCD Display (own LCD display went nuts)

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    The Hercules 3D Prophet 9800 PRO retails for $906.65AUD

    I found one retailer that sells the sapphire card at roughly the same price but i'd rather save a $100 and get it from a differant store :hammer:

    Thanks for your help :cheers:

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