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OEM means your getting the product with out the box and packaging as well as no uneeded software or accesories.
Uneeded means you get the install disc maybe but no games or anything else you don't need to run the card.

Global warenty I would imagine means the product is warrentied regardless where in the world you are.
 

HarrY

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so OEM is a brand new card any way,
not like refurbished one

and any suggetions how,
i can get a OEM thru a flight in baggage........coz without the box it sounds risky
 

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I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not...anyway, you could try wrapping it in a sweater or something if you were sarcastic.

I actually tried this myself--I didn't have time to get a box and I was going to FL (no need for a sweater), so I just made a paper padded envelope and put my old GeForce2 GTS in, didn't get damaged. Just take a whole bunch of paper from your printer, lie one flat, crumple up two to four, put the card on the crumpled ones, crumple a few more and put them on the card and put a flat one on top of that and staple the flat ones shut around the edges. Just make sure it lies flat in whatever you pack it in.

Maxtor disgraces the six letters that make Matrox.
 
Well being sarcastic while asking for info is rather SchtoOopid and Errorgant! DUH!

BTW, guess you already know the difference between an white-box/static bag OEM and an OEM-partner so we'll trust you'll remember to wrap that part up directly in that sweater don't let a box or anti-static bag get in the way of complete protection.

Also take it as carry-on so you can show-off your new card to airport security.

Hmm, Sarcasm, we don't GET much of that around these parts.


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White box/anti-static Bag OEM is something that comes in either a white or brown carboard box or an anti-static bag with just the bare essentials (like software and the maditory cables to make it work).

An OEM-partner is someone like Sapphire, or Hercules. Basically the only card that is not an OEM-partner card is a BuiltByAti card (which is usually built by Sapphire). nV only has OEM partner cards. The phrase has now become synonymous with the term 'retail' because they come in a retail box or with retail packaging (with all the features and doo-hickeys), but in fact they are still OEM cards (just not white-box OEM, OEM-partner's cards). The only true retail card should be an ATI cards and Matrox cards (and I guess XGI and S3, but they also have their OEM partners). The Graphics card market has so many 3 party mfrs involved that the term OEM has taken on another meaning. Think of the hard drive market. The only Retail Deskstar comes from IBM/Hitachi, whereas there are OEM Deskstars sold by Pine, Cicero, and others, they are OEM partners, but would be called OEM distributors (they usually carry everything just in their own 'retail box' and their own version of the warranty, which is just one step up from white-box).

And the term white-box OEM is something that most people looking for a bargain look for (I can get the cables for near free or already have them, plus the software is downloadable). The only problem is white-box is usually 1-2months behind the times. Also the warranty isn't as good so you better TRUST the product to an equal level for the price you pay.

Most likely if you have seen something advertised as OEM it's a white-box/anti-static bag kind. White-box OEM is cheap but unforgiving. Pretty safe bet though if you're not worried about frying your card.


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thx for the explanation

since being located in india where a 9600 pro retails for around 300 $ ,is not much of a deal....
i gotta buddy of mine coming down from the us of a
so i ve asked him to get me a 9700 pro,
and i am a wussy,
i dont overclock :)

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by HarrY on 01/10/04 12:29 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
 
BEing in India it likely makes that Global warranty thing a good idea, but likely involves a whole bunch of shipping and paperwork crap. If you can get one for cheap and OEM deal is likely agood thing, and since you're not interested in overclocking (and now are aware of that risk) it should be fine. White-box OEMs are usually on the lower end of a retail/oem-partner's quality scale.
Should be fine though.


- You need a licence to buy a gun, but they'll sell anyone a stamp <i>(or internet account)</i> ! - <font color=green>RED </font color=green> <font color=red> GREEN</font color=red> GA to SK :evil:
 
Cashmere sweater, especially if he's from India's Kashmir region. :wink:

MMmmm look at the light show coming from my suitcase. :cool:

Maybe Wrap it in a Bounce Fabric Softner Dryer Sheet, that'll keep the static away, and leave your card smelling Mountain Fresh (with only a bit of silicone on your silicon)! :lol:


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Mountain Fresh IS a new scent. April Fresh was the old one. :tongue:

BTW, how do you FRY a graphics card, set the machine to High and Tumble Dry! :eek:


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Yeah the region is a difficulat/sad/frustrating (and a whole bunch more) situation, but enough about that.

I'm not sure your best deals in the US. I'm here in Canada, but good places to look for OEM--Partners is places like NEWEGG.com and PriceWatch.com and PriceGrabber.com (no need for CAPs, just there for emph-ass-is).

White-Box OEM parts are bsest found from smaller stores, and some chains like <A HREF="http://www.frys.com/" target="_new">FRY's</A>, sometimes they will be online as well listed as OEM, and that way you get the benifit of your friend already having a box to pack it with. But best to look at the local stores for the lowest prices.

As for makers, check the buyer's guide, it's a pretty good gauge of the better card makers.


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Oops, been awhile since I looked at the box of my Bounce...

I think a pan and some oil are the minimum requirements. Recommended requirements are a deep frier or a turkey frier.

Maxtor disgraces the six letters that make Matrox.