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Old 21st February 2004, 10:05   #1
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Default Sapphire relables R9800XT to 9800Pro 256mb!

Keep your eyes open for these Sapphire cards, they're being sold as R9800 Pro 256mb cards, but they have a XT card layout, an XT core and 2.5ns instead of 2.8ns mem chips. So basically they're just a biosflash away from being a true 9800XT, but at a much lower price.

It makes sense, it's probably much cheaper to produce 2 PCB's (r9800/r9800pro & r9800pro 256mb/9800xt) than 3 with slightly cheaper components.

These cards have been spotted at and in germany for less than 300 euro's, which makes it equally interesting as a r9800 pro at +- 235euro in my humble opinion.

For reference, this is what a "regular" r9800 pro 256mb looks like:

If anyone spots one, please let us know where!
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Old 21st February 2004, 13:46   #2
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I thought i saw this in the guru3d forums a while ago (I know I saw it, I just don't remember where :s ) so I tried to make an account so I could do a search but when I had filled out the form it said my e-mail account was banned and I've never even been there before !! nways, their database doesn't go far back just to 22-01-04
Old 21st February 2004, 15:53   #3
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I spotted a post on xtre where u could find a link to a german forum...
I'le see if it turns up

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Old 21st February 2004, 16:40   #4
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My German sucks but it's good enough for me to be able to find out that his card came from

I couldn't find out what card he bought though :/

I've looked around on that site and club-3D has one but the picture included is not right :

and Sapphire has 3 of witch one is the ultimate version (heatpipe so I don't see the difference) and of the other two the picture is that of the box :/ :

*edit* it's the Saphhire Radeon 9800 Pro 256 Mb

the guy who bought the card in the picture you can see on xs forums bought it at

*edit2* some have bought one from vv-computer and they got an xt but one guy called to vv-computer to ask if they had the right one and they said it had a completely normal cooler so it seems that some of them are xt's and some of them are just plain pro's.

other's have bought one at but there is no feedback from those buyers yet as to if they have an xt or a pro board.

On the other hand, it should be pretty easy to get a Saphhire Radeon 9800 Pro 256 Mb from a Belgian shop if you ask me ...
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