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video card : is ther much difference between manufacturers of the same spec card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by JonathanAnon, Sep 15, 2005.

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  1. JonathanAnon

    JonathanAnon Banned Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I've been looking for a new video card - just got outbid for a radeon 9800 DOOHH, but my question is (having decided just to get a radeon 9600) what is the difference between the same model cards produced be different manufacturers. For example, the following three cards:

    Gigabyte Radeon 9600XT
    Sapphire Radeon 9600XT
    Creative Radeon 9600XT

    are they completely different cards or similar, I mean should I treat them as completely different products?

    Just about to shell out 100 euro for one.

    Thanks.
     
  2. loserOlimbs

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    ATI makes the chips, and then lets other companies put them on boards and package them.
    The cards will all perform neck and neck for the most part (I wouldn't buy from a brand I never heard of).
    The main thing you are buying is the name and quality that comes with it.
    Asus, gigabyte, Sapphire are all quality products less likely to short out or over heat, but thats the main difference.
     
  3. gotrootdude

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    Interestingly, I have a dead on arrival gigabyte card I need to RMA. I replaced it with a Rosewill (I believe it's a Sapphire) of the same specs.
     
  4. inuyasha320

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    my friend has an ATI radeon 9800 pro by Sapphire and it runs well. it has never overheated, even on the hottest of summer days
     
  5. brite750

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    For ATI i would get ATI or Sapphire
     
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