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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 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!

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...threadid=29788
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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

Kristos: Can u read german ?
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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 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://62.225.8.179/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://62.225.8.179/pi/8374.htm

http://62.225.8.179/pi/8230.htm
http://62.225.8.179/pi/7664.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/
MUHAA http://www.vv-computer.de/shop/gruppen/

*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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