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Thread: ATI vs ATI Powered... is there a difference?




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    I'm going to get a 9800 Pro XT whenever they're released... my questions are:

    - Should I get a card by ATI, or should I get an ATI-powered card, like a Sapphire or Gigabyte?

    - Is there a difference between ATI and ATI-powered?

    Thanks in advance!

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    The built by ATI vs the powered by ATI are the same. The powered by ATI uses the same chip as the built by ATI. Because ATI wanted the customers to have as many options as possible when choosing a GPU, therefore, they have sell their chip to add-in partners that's all. The technology remain unchanged. Well, some add-in manufacturer might pump up the clock speed a bit and sell the card for a higher price, but that's up to them. Hope that helps

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    Ahhh okay, thanks... that does help... I just didn't know if manufacturers made significant changes to cards beyond the ATI reference design...

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    They do. They come up with their own fancy cooling designs.

    FX5900 - 3DMark2001 [20,566] - 3DMark2003 [7,281] - Aquamark3 [56,694]
    Ti4400 - 3DMark2001 [16,028]

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    And they also change a few things now and again, or add in other parts, or clock it a bit higher.... but mostly stick to the original

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    Or they may use crappy ram and have slower ramspeeds. Or use junk ass cooling that dies after a few weeks. Hightech for example, and they even lie about the mem speed on their site.(buyer beware)
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    Cool, thanks everyone...

    So, if it were up to you, what would you get, a built by ATI card or an ATI powered card? If get an ATI powered card, which one would you get? I've read a lot of good things about the Sappire and Gigabyte cards, so I'd probably try to stick either those... is it personal preference from there?

    Thanks again!

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    hesh: Unless you live in Canada or the US, "Built by ATI" cards are not an option. My personal favourite "Fuelled by ATI" manufacturer is Hercules, and I'll get a 3D Prophet 9800 XT 256MB when it comes out.

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    weta: any idea when the Hercules 9800 Pro XT 256 is coming out? I totally forgot Hercules makes them too...

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    hesh: Should be very soon, I'll post the details in the R360 thread as soon as they are released.

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