Well, although Futureshop is not a prime place to get computer parts, the best deal I could find was the R8500LE 128MB RETAIL for $249CAD. That's about $160USD. I mean it's not great, but it's the best I can hope for. The price definitely won't go down after the R8800 is released cause this is already down from the $329 about 2 weeks ago. I can't find a better price here.
Now my question is. Does all Made by ATi Radeon8500 128MB Retail cards come with the 3.3ns RAM I've heard so much about? This could really be a deciding factor. If it does have the 3.3ns RAM I'm hoping to get the RAM to ~300MHZ DDR.
One other thing, these are my system spces. Please feel frree to tell me if this would be worth it.
Thanks, but I purchased a Radeon 8500LE 64MB OEM (which turned out to be an 8500 OEM, not LE, from Newegg.com about a month ago. I only paid $99 USD. At about the same time I noticed Newegg had lowered their prices on the other ATI cards by about 20% during one weekend so I assumed a big price drop was coming but I couldn't wait. The customers' comments about the overclockability of the above card were too good to resist.
The card is default clocked at 250/275 and my own overclocks to 275/300 without additional cooling. With a little help (propped up case fan) it overclocks to 300/325.
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Well I got the 128MB version with 3.6ns (GRR... would've have gotten either the 3.6ns or 3.3ns) BGA SGRAM. I'm pretty sure it's BGA cause it's those little squares and it looks exactly like it does in the reviews.
I also bought this card after a price drop form $329CAD to $249 and I'm protected for the next 30 days I believe with the Futureshop "30 day Price Guarantee." Basically it means if the prices for this product drops within 30 of purchase, I get that money back. So if ATI does drop prices I'll be getting some more of the green stuff back.
What's the deal with lampshades, I mean it's a lamp, why would you want a shade? :smile: