9800 Pro 256MB DDRII

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There is an online auction going on (indian website) where i might (just might) get a BBA 9800-PRO 256MB DDRII for the price of Sapphire 9800 Pro 128MB. I know 256 MB is a tad better-performing card than the 128MB version. But since this is a DDRII card, which is very hot, do u think i wud be better off with a Sapphire 128MB?

My rest of the specs is:
Barton 2500+
A7N8X Dlx 2.0
2*256MB DDR500 Kindgston Hyper-X (getting in a week's time)
500W generic PSU

Cud anyone give me a general idea if the 256MB DDRII version overclocks higher?

tnx in advance!

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I would think the DDRII would overclock worse if it runs hot? Not sure though. Personally I would get the Sapphire. Just my opinion though. BTW I now have a Sapphire 9700pro and its running at 382/351. Sold my old card so the cost to me was only £100 (price of a 9600pro) for 9800pro speeds. And its fast even at stock speeds. Sapphire are the best overclockers IMO.

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That memory does get hot as hell, I recommend replacing the ramsinks with some bigger/better ones. It does have more overclocking potential though, generally.


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hmmm... i dont think i wud overclock this card (if i get it). i dont get local warranty/support with this card. all i get is manufacturer's warranty. so i better not screw up this card.

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oh well, i am buying the 256MB DDRII version only if i get it at the price of the 128MB version or less. else, i am happy getting a 128MB 9800 Pro. :smile: i hope i ahve the winning bid. the auction closes on 10th oct. i'll keep u guys posted.

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Good luck. And don't worry about overclocking damage. Theres no way you can damage a card by overclocking using standard techniques. Unless you clocked it 100mhz over stock on stock cooling and it managed to run long enough to heat up so much that it causes damage. A card will artifact or freeze before it over heats.

Even my old card with that cappy heatsink wouldn't over heat to any serious extent, even when I clocked it at 360mhz one day and it totally messed up. A restart later and its like nothing ever happened.

If you don't overclock it right away, then its safe to say that later on when you need the extra power, 430/350 should be easy (XT speeds)....

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Oh well, i just hope the card i am gonna get works fine even at stock speed :smile: . all i am worried about is that there wont be any local warranty.

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