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post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by gonX
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.
Yup, I know....and that was my point.....the retail (with more stuff) is cheaper than the OEM (bare card). So while it makes all the difference, it's making the difference in the opposite direction


Quote:
Originally Posted by JacKz5o
Id say the Sapphire would be the better one, Sapphire also have watercooled X1900XTs
Yeah, I'll be watercooling this one myself



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Originally Posted by Mikey122687
I heard bad things about Sapphire RMA though. I mean the service is crap

So, it is less likely to break........but if it does it will take forever to get the RMA. LOL

Well, I can live with that I guess.......thanks everyone, unless someone has a good reason not to, I'll be ordering the Sapphire tonight or tomorrow.
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Thumper
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.
Yes, the Saphire is better..........

Now, you know LCD monitors have a native resolution and if you change to anything but....you "may" end up with a distorted image.

Native image res for a 42" LCD: 1366 x 768
Got an LCD 1080P? then the native res is: 1920 x 1080

Now, have you tried any higher resolutions than that on a 42" monitor yet and not encouter the distorted image? If yours doesn't, let us know.
post #13 of 24
If you want the X1900XT get the Sapphire. However, I'd pay the extra money and get a X1950XTX.
post #14 of 24
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nasgul
Yes, the Saphire is better..........

Now, you know LCD monitors have a native resolution and if you change to anything but....you "may" end up with a distorted image.

Native image res for a 42" LCD: 1366 x 768
Got an LCD 1080P? then the native res is: 1920 x 1080
Actually, this is my HDTV, not a standard monitor, the native res is listed as 1280x720.....although it also claims I have 2 HDMI inputs and I only have 1 (unless the other is hidden LOL)........1080i is the best it can do. Hhmmmmm, I totally forgot about it's native res..........thought it would be higher......I'll probably still go with the Sapphire as it's $50 cheaper and if it's a good brand I'm ok with it.


Quote:
Originally Posted by nightdagger
If you want the X1900XT get the Sapphire. However, I'd pay the extra money and get a X1950XTX.

Why? The XTX runs at 650/1550....the XT is 625/1450.....and everything I have seen shows the XT can easily be unlocked to XTX speeds and overclocked further......and in the reviews I have seen, the 1950XTX doesn't really "blow" the 1900XTXs away....it's a modest improvement, but not worth $150, at least not to me. Especially since I won't be doing a lot of gaming with it, mostly just video playback.

Look here;

http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/image....pfOF8yX2wuZ2lm

and here

http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/image....pfNV8yX2wuZ2lm

and....

http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/image....pfNV81X2wuZ2lm

http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/image....pfOV8yX2wuZ2lm


Their conclusions seem to state the 1950 is a good buy, but their benchmarks don't seem to back that up........
post #15 of 24
Only $50 difference,... the SAPPHIRE 100150SR Radeon X1900XTX is $349.99

Cheapest SAPPHIRE 100149L Radeon X1900XT 512MB is $297.99

Ok, you can get the 256MB version for $249.99, but that's making offers then, esp. for high resolutions.

Still, the X1900XT for $297.99 would be my first choice
    
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post #16 of 24
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Only $50 difference,...

Ah, but he said X1950XTX.......

SAPPHIRE 100177 Radeon X1950XTX 512MB GDDR4 PCI Express x16 Video Card - OEM $419.99



That's $120 more
post #17 of 24
Ok... back to reading class for me

Yes, you are correct. I also believe the X1900XT is the best bang for the buck at the moment.
    
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post #18 of 24
All I will say about the companies is Sapphire has a terrible warranty department. While ATi has one of the best in the biz, I dont know how this works as Sapphire makes ATi's cards.

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post #19 of 24
Sorry for hijacking the thread but this makes me very happy as I have also just ordered the Sapphire X1900XT and with all the good feedback about it makes me feel even better.
post #20 of 24
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No problem, not really a hijack



Which one did you order? Because I was going to order yesterday but the payment to my credit card to pay it off didn't get processed until today.................and guess what? The card I was looking at is now gone from Newegg I was looking at the Sapphire 100149L which was a X1900XT 512MB and was $297.99, now the link is inactive and in a search, they have the Sapphire 100149 which is a X1900XT with 512MB, it is out of stock and is $319.99. That sucks.....I NEED a video card to get the system running which I wanted to do this weekend.

So, any advice is appriciated.

Should I;

A) Buy the ASUS X1900XT from Newegg for $346

B) Buy the Sapphire X1900XTX from Newegg for $349.99

C) Buy the ASUS X1900 Crossfire Edition from Allstarshop for $309


Option C is a pretty good deal and allows me to go crossfire in the future if needed, but the CF card runs slower than even the XT and I am not sure if the CF cards can be overclocked or if so if they are more difficult to overclock. It doesn't look like the price at Allstarshop is a special, and I have never bought from them whereas I know and like Newegg's service.

I am leaning toward Option A, since I am familiar with ASUS, and I should be able to flash the card to XTX speeds anyway..........
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