Feb 9, 2004
tyan 9800 or sapphire

I notice the tyan has a bigger fan on hardware temp monitering. Do all 9800 pro have hardware temp monitering? Is it worth the extra? My choices are probably ati, sapphire , or tyan. What would you get and why? Nuncahl

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Are you overclocking?

If so then go with the ATI or Sapphire.

The hardware monitoring is nice but TYAN's HSF isn't as good as it looks. It mounts on the RAM with rubber feet. Also alot of them have much slower ram than their counterparts, some are good some aren't.

And no, very few R9800s (other than the XTs) have temperature monitoring.

If they are all the same price I would get the ATI, then the Sapphire, then the Tyan.

However if you don't overclock, then I would recommend, the ATI, the Tyan, and then the Sapphire. The Tyan will run faster when not 'overclocked' because it IS slightly overclocked right out of the box.

The ATI has parts you shouldn't be surprised by, and comes with a good warranty. That's why I would pick it.

Here's a review of the TYAN board with hardware monitoring and the funky HSF;

<A HREF="http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/radeon/r9800pro-5.html" target="_new">http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/radeon/r9800pro-5.html</A>

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