Hercules vs Sapphire

klinger

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hi all,

i'm planning to purchase a Radeon 9800 Pro, and while shopping around i found two versions in local shops. One is the Hercules Radeon 9800 Pro and the other one is the Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro. I have no clue what the difference would be between these two cards but i do know that there's a difference of 120 euro's. Now, i was wondering if anyone could tell me what the difference would be, and maybe some advice in which of the two cards i should buy. I don't care about included software, all i care about is good solid performance and value for money (don't we all).
thanx upfront for any info

Klinger
 

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<A HREF="http://www.nordichardware.com/reviews/graphiccard/2003/Radeon9800Roundup/" target="_new"> 9800 Pro Roundup </A>

<A HREF="http://www.driverheaven.net/reviews/hercules9800pro/" target="_new"> Hercules </A>

<A HREF="http://www.hardavenue.com/reviews/sapphire9800pro1.shtml" target="_new">sapphire </A>

You sure ur not comparing 256MB card vs 128MB card?

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daddywags214

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If you don't care about software and such, then the choice is clear: Go for the cheaper one. The 128mb version is a better value than the 256mb, so if that is the difference, ignore it. Hercules and Sapphire are both respectable manufacturers, so rest assured that you'll get a good card. There you go.

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jmecor

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is having a 256MB frame buffer would make latency higher and timing slower like a cpu's cache.

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lhgpoobaa

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Check to see if its the 128mb or 256mb version.

The 256mb uses DDR2 chips and costs alot more for very little extra performance.

with the 182mb versions the price difference between sapphire and herc. is only $25 australian, or around 15 Euro's.

So go for the 128mb version.

I ahve a Sapphire R9800pro 128mb and i couldnt be happier.
(well unless the card overclocked to 10Ghz core and memory LOL)


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daddywags214

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That and the DDR2 memory make latency higher, but memory speed has been increased by 10mHz to counter the difference.

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lhgpoobaa

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Ive seen reports that it overclocks higher due to its 2.2ns latency rating, but runs rather hot (thus the stock ramsinks) and in the end the extra performance is minimal.

What we need is a golden sample R9800 with a 400mhz+ core and 500Mhz DDR2. (or 900mhz ddr)

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lhgpoobaa

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Well if i get time alone at home and people stop buggin me i will attach bigass ramsinks to my R9800pro 128mb.
that should get me a bit closer to 10Ghz :evil:

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