I don't see the Sapphire card, but I think its clocked at 575/1380 (effective). The Powercolor is clocked at 600/1400. I honestly don't know what Sapphire's warranties are like, but I've heard that Powercolor has a "lifetime" warranty (keyword: "heard". not sure if it's true.)
Noticed zipzoom has the Asus version for $199.99 shipped. It's not the Crossfire version, but I'll only have one PCIe slot anyway, so no biggie. Think I may do that one unless someone can convince me otherwise.
And I abhor rebates! I won't be OCing the vid card, so hopefully the stock fan will suffice.
I have no idea about the actual chip quality, but they should be the same. The "major" difference between them is the cooler. The Powercolor one is much bigger, takes up 2 slots, but is quieter and cooler. The Sapphire one is 1 slot, smaller, and not as efficient in cooling. If your case is big enough, probably the Powercolor.
Of the two, I'd want the powercolor. I'd take the HIS Ice Q over that even. But that said, right now the Sapphire X1900GT is $169 no rebates. That would be my choice if looking for that caliber card. Stock speeds it's a bit behind, but very very close and the price is right. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
Basically it means it will be easier and better for overclocking as through software like Tray Tools, you can adjust(bump up) the core and memory voltage. Without giving it more juice you hit an early limit in clock speeds. Add some voltage and that card will go alot higher. If you don't plan on overclocking, then this isn't a big deal to you. If you wanted to overclock, that X1900GT would have been better.
If you don't want to go SLI, or buy a 1900XTX/7950G2 or DX10 card, or if you don't mind not OCing...check out the ATI AIW X1900. You can watch tv and listen to FM radio with it, and it's still great for gaming. :-) If you upgrade later to DX10 or build a new computer, you can use this AIW card for a great HTPC.
Like a champ? I heard a lot of people couldn't OC theirs very far. I didn't try. It does have an auto-OC of sorts in the Catalyst software. I'm using the card with Windows XP Pro X64 and the tuner part of the card doesn't work with it, however it should work with 32 bit Vista I'd think, and I know it works with XP Home.
Has more to do with getting the best bang for the buck. I'll OC my cpu, but have never OCd a vid card. X1950Pro is $30 more for a faster AND newer card that I won't have to OC. Would have to OC the GT to get the same results.
Following the same logic, other than being able to use higher resolutions, why on earth would anyone spend $400 on a vid card? There may not be many, but some games, especially in the future, where those 3-5 fps may mean the difference between playable or not. Yeah, maybe not, but you never know.
Oh well, the money is spent, and I came in under my budget of $750. Hopefully it'll last me a good 3 years or more.