Hello there. Hoping someone can help me out here, since my research on other sites have proven fruitless.
I have a 2.4 ghz Pentium 4 with 512 Mgb ram. I am considering buying a new graphic card ( PowerColor Radeon 9800 PRO 128MB ) so that my girlfriend can get my old one ( Nvidia ti4200 ). But a lot of people have said that buying Powercolor cards is not really worth it, because they are clocked to low, or actually have faults. Is this correct ? Will it actually give me an increase in performance ?
Thanx for all answers
PS Sorry for any spelling errors. Not that fluent in english
Yes, that is kinda true, reasons to get a recommended manufacturer:
1. People report less problems and when there are problems they're solved easily.
2. Better overclockability (you can overclock higher). Matters only if you overclock.
3. "Creative" labeling technique, they sometimes add names to the product and clock it differently, things like Pro Lite and Gold should draw your attention, also, it helps if the memory and core frequencies are mentioned where you buy the card, compare these to other cards, or better, to ATI's site.
Sapphire is a good choice. People are very happy with them. Your other option is a trade in option directly with ATI. Just send them an old card and they give you a decent price. Check first with newegg.com though if you live in the USA since they have good prices.
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I've had some powercolor cards passing by me and not even 1 was clocked lower that the normal stockspeeds. The thing is...very bad quality! Its worth to spend extra bucks in a well knowned brand like Asus, Saphyre, MSI, Ati etc etc
P4-2800->FSB800, Asus P4P800, 512DDR-400, Radeon 9800 Pro - 128Mb