what is oem?

Stageline

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Hi! im ordering a video card 9800 pro 128 ddr agp 8x w/ crt,tvo,& dvi- oem.
Now what is oem, and is it like the original Ati 9800 pro?
whats the diffirence?

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OEM means it's not in a retail box. Often these cards don't include stuff that comes with the retail box, such as games and applications, and occasionally they even come with slower RAM (not as often any more).

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ok..im gona risk and buy it.. im poor..and my fellows in USA is gona order it for me and send it to Sweden. Its much cheaper in US.

Oh! and how can i check the video card if it runs 100% and its working like other Manufactures like ATi?
im ordering it from this store if: http://store.yahoo.com/buyxg/ati9800128o.html


Thnkx for the Info.

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Stageline on 11/06/03 08:16 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
 
There are also two levels of OEMs.

The one Crash is talking about is White Box OEM (although now often just come in anti-static bags).

The other type of OEM is like Sapphire, ASUS, etc. Which are termed by ATI as 'partners' They are OEM partners. And are also a form of OEM, although usually not seen that way by most. ATI is truely the only retail card maker (yet they don't make their cards, ironic?) of Radeons.

The main confusion point is that nV doesn't have a retail branch so all nV cards are OEM cards, and ATI's only Retial side is the BBA line (which is soon to disappear).

For most people OEM vs retail means packaged versus not in a retail box. The Term for all nice an packaged is a 'retail box' like crash says, even though they are OEM partner's box.

Sorry to make it confusing, but you will see people like myself often refer to non-BBA cards as OEM-partners' cards, which is the correct term, but doesn't mean much to people not familiar with the situation.

Just be sure that all the parts are to spec if you buy white-box OEM, most of the 'extras' can be had for fairly cheap.

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Since you're shipping it to sweden, then likely servicing the warranty would be too much hassle anyway, so that Retail advantage is gone. Just be sure the card is what you expected/meets the specs.


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yeah..the first thing il do is test it when it arrives to me.
How can you see if the ram differs from the product specification? Or other tests to be 100% shure its working 100%? and if i find errors with the ati 9800 pro -oem videocard. Il just call my friend in US. He knows the guy who are selling it to me (the store i linked before).
They are friends..so he can bitch him ;)

Ps: anny motherboard you can recomend me to use with the ati 9800 pro? heard that ati 9800 pro works best with few motherboards. was looking at Gigabyte 7nnxp <--does it work good with ati 9800 pro?




<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Stageline on 11/06/03 08:41 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
 
Actually he should be able to tell by looking at the memory modules, they should look like <A HREF="http://www.hardocp.com/image.html?image=MTA0NjgwOTI1NEdRU0hrZlkyeDRfMl8xNF9sLmpwZw==" target="_new">this</A> and <A HREF="http://www.hardocp.com/image.html?image=MTA1MDA3NzAwNDhIZEpLU3JDVU9fMV8xNF9sLmpwZw==" target="_new">this</A>. Other than that everything will involve you actually testing it.

Yes it should work with that ScheEet board. I know they work well with MY board GA-7VAX. The Nforce 2 board is fine with it from what I've read (I was thinking of getting that very same mobo as a replacement a while back when I was obsessed with benchmarking against someone in the forum, then sanity prevailed).

Hope that helps.


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so you mean i shuld compare the items on the pic. with the oem
card im gona recive. I culd send this pic. to my friend so he can check it out, before he sends it to me.
what shuld he realy look for, the most important part?

thnkx again =)