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|21st February 2004, 10:05||#1|
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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 newegg.com 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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|21st February 2004, 13:46||#2|
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
|21st February 2004, 16:40||#4|
My German sucks but it's good enough for me to be able to find out that his card came from http://www.norskit.de/
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 : http://184.108.40.206/pi/8930.htm
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 :/ : http://220.127.116.11/pi/8374.htm
*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 http://www.vv-computer.de/
*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 http://www.e-bug.de/ 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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