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Old Jul 1, 2004, 10:54 AM   #1
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Default Advice on Cards - Hercules or Sapphire

Right,

I am going to buy a 9800 Pro 128mb in the next few days/weeks and just wondered if you could advise me on which card to go for.

I really like the look of the Hercules 3D Prophet 9800 Pro 128mb because it is the same speed as the standard 9800 and has cool blue lights and heat sinked RAM which would look good in my PC. I saw tonns of these on ebay a little while ago and should have really bought one while I had the chance.

Well, im finding it hard to get my hands on one now and thought that if I cant get one, I might as well just get a Sapphire 9800 Pro (128mb). I understand this card is just as fast but without the lights, which im not too gutted about . I dont know wether the lack of heat sinks on the RAM will make a difference though...

So really its just this question - should i wait for ages until a cheap reliable bid on ebay for a Hercules 9800 Pro comes up or just go and buy a Sapphire 9800 Pro now or in the near future?

Thoughts?

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Old Jul 1, 2004, 11:10 AM   #2
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Default Re: Advice on Cards - Hercules or Sapphire

isn't hercules dead? They made great cards though i'm quite pissed that my 9800se's rams were overclocked (300->340mhz) by default and without any ramsinks on it.
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Old Jul 1, 2004, 11:11 AM   #3
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Default Re: Advice on Cards - Hercules or Sapphire

Hercules got out of the graphic cards business. So if you're buying a new card I'd get Sapphire, so you can be guaranteed support. If your buying off E-bay its up to you. I'd still probably go Sapphire since the warranty would probably still be good.

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Old Jul 1, 2004, 11:12 AM   #4
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Default Re: Advice on Cards - Hercules or Sapphire

Nah Hercules aint dead - i thought they did their version of a X800...

Anyway - its only the 9800 Pros that come with ram heat sinks - dont think the SEs are meant to come with heat sinked ram
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Oh right thanks - didnt know that

Il have a look at sapphires then
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Default Re: Advice on Cards - Hercules or Sapphire

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Nah Hercules aint dead - i thought they did their version of a X800...

Anyway - its only the 9800 Pros that come with ram heat sinks - dont think the SEs are meant to come with heat sinked ram
Hercules used a slower ram for 9800se, then overclocked it, unlike 9800 pro where they used better ram. I bought my own ram sinks anyway so.. nvm..
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Default Re: Advice on Cards - Hercules or Sapphire

Make sure you aren't suckered by the 128-bit memory interface Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro128MB.

It's called the Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro Atlantis or something similarly annoying. In fine print the spec says it's only 128-bit.

Proper 9800 Pros are 256-bit. That's the size of the memory interface.

Both cards have 128MB of memory. It's just that some have half the memory interface size. Yuck.

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