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Ok, so I am in the final stages of my video card purchase for my E6700/P5B Dlx system. I have finally decided to get the X1900XT, after looking at a bunch of reviews and comparing, I see no reason to pay extra for a XTX. The XT seems to unlock to the XTX speeds easily, and the XTX doesn't show that much difference from the 1950s, 10-15% FPS in most games at most.

Now, originally I was going to go for the ASUS EAX1900XT for $346, but I just noticed it only supports resolutions up to 2048x1536. Since I will be running a 42" LCD as the monitor, I want bigger resolution than that.

So I am looking at these 2 cards, both support 2560x1600.....and wondering A)What's the differnece besides price and B) are either of these reputible companies?

POWERCOLOR 1900XT512OEM Radeon X1900XT 512MB (OEM)- $390.99

SAPPHIRE 100149L Radeon X1900XT 512MB (RETAIL)- $297.99


That's a huge different in price, and the OEM one is more expensive, which is odd. I have no experience with either brand, so just kind of looking for some input.
post #2 of 24
from what I've heard sapphire is the exact same as ati ones but with a different sticker but i would be wrong
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post #3 of 24
It is the OEM and Retail that makes the difference.
Retail has all the extra stuff, and OEM is only the card, and maybe a S-VIDEO cable.
And Sapphire is indeed a reputable brand, very known through ATi users.
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saphie is the brand to go if you buy ati

the card are good, and is not only a sticker, the modules on it are difrent, ati suply the gpu and card design

rest is put in at the manufacturer choice, so saphire is known for useing quality stuff, ..
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No, he means Sapphire make the generic ATI x1900xt's for ATI. ATI dont make them , that would be too expensive. So they leave that to sapphire. Sapphire just leave their sticker off.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Jester
No, he means Sapphire make the generic ATI x1900xt's for ATI. ATI dont make them , that would be too expensive. So they leave that to sapphire. Sapphire just leave their sticker off.
yes, but the components are at theyr choice

powercolor can use difrent brand of capacitors for example
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post #7 of 24
don't look at prices right now. I guess Powercolor did not pass the recent price drops on to customers.

The Sapphire is a good card. Get it.
    
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Id say the Sapphire would be the better one, Sapphire also have watercooled X1900XTs
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post #9 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hilfiger
yes, but the components are at theyr choice

powercolor can use difrent brand of capacitors for example
Yeah, I understand that. But the saphhire card uses the same components as the standard ATI card. They are the SAME card. ATI's own cards (the ones built by sapphire) will use the best memory, cooler etc etc

ATI aren't gunna let their cards be surpassed by Powercolours take on the card layout and design.
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I heard bad things about Sapphire RMA though. I mean the service is crap
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