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I've just ordered a Sapphire 9800 pro, but I read in a magazine from last year that the Crucial one is slightly better and it is a brand I trust more.

I'm just wondering whether anyone here any recommendations about which is better, and whether there is any real difference. The crucial one is about £30 more so if there isn't any real difference I guess its worth going with the cheaper one.

I'd appreciate any info/opinions.
 

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Saphyre builds for Ati so I would say it is a very good brand. If you want OC very bad there hare better choices but if it is not the case...

P4-2800->FSB800, Asus P4P800, 512DDR-400, Radeon 9800 Pro - 128Mb
 

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Any advantages the Crucial offers would be but icing on the cake, my good man. rest assured you're buying a reliable and fast card.

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OK thanks, I did some more research and it seem that the main advantage that Crucial had over Sapphire when the cards first came out was price. However, Ebuyer are offering a good price on the Sapphire now so that doesn't really apply.

I'll stick with the Sapphire, cheers.
 
Most of Crucial's cards are made by Sapphire.


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Oh, only about a half dozen reviews pointing that out at the beginning of their review.


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The funny thing is they usually pull out better than the average Sapphire, but are in the middle of the pack. Very spartan packaging, the've made a name for themselves by selling primarily online. Little software other than the basics. They are well regarded because you get what you pay for. No gimmicks, no shenanigans. They have a 'limited lifetime warranty' likely similar to PNY's in that it's the product lifecycle 'life'.

Basically a pretty safe bet for a usually cheap card.
Sapphire mainly offers more software, and a little more benifits outside of the card. IT's not like either one is really bad by any means.

Cards with ramsinks usually overclock better than their Sapphire counterparts, and those without usually fall inline or just behind the avergae Sapphire. Really depends ALOT on the model though. The R9600 can be iffy compare to many better versions. But their R9700 and R9800 series have been pretty consistent in the center of the pack. Nowhere near Hercules, ASUS, or HIS, but pretty good, and way above alot of 'also-rans'.


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My 8500LE made by Sapphire..
fast enough for me, but the ram is sth like Electrotech which I've never heard..and can't OC go further than 250MHz..4ns
currently running 245MHz