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Radeon 8500 Retail vs. OEM 8500

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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
November 5, 2001 4:51:21 PM

I am trying to decide between a Radeon Retail or OEM box. I have heard that there are diffrences, but I have been bum out of luck actually trying to find any information reg this.

My thinking is that the Clock on the OEM is a little lower....is this true? are there any other changes to the OEM silicon?

BTW no one bother to mention that whole Cheating thing. I don't really give a rats ass, as long as ATI learns from this whole mess. The real joke is the pricing for the Nvidia cards which here in Canada sail into the $500+ range easily....whereas I can get the Radeon 8500 OEM here for $345 dollars Cdn. Nvidia and it's partners need to wakeup....the prices are so rediculous. ATI has them beat here in Canada at least.

Anyway....back on topic.....OK guys I need your help....what do I need to know about the 8500 retail and oem parts ???? Thanks in advance
November 5, 2001 6:52:04 PM

The clock on the OEM version is set at 250, while the Retail version is 275. However, either one is a good card still, and will perform quite well.

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November 5, 2001 8:55:24 PM

Yeah... the OEM version is clocked 10% slower in core and memory. Definately buy the retail version.

As for your 500 dollar canadian price, is that on the Ti200 or regular Ge3?

"Laziness is a talent to be cultivated like any other" - Walter Slovotsky
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November 5, 2001 8:55:25 PM

Yeah... the OEM version is clocked 10% slower in core and memory. Definately buy the retail version.

As for your 500 dollar canadian price, is that on the Ti200 or regular Ge3?

"Laziness is a talent to be cultivated like any other" - Walter Slovotsky
November 5, 2001 9:54:06 PM

I know your Ti200 question wasn't directed towards me but I have seen prices of 500$ for the original GF3. I don't remember seeing any prices for the Ti200 or Ti500 in Canadian stores.

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November 5, 2001 11:16:48 PM

I think OEM's are going to could soon the Radeon 8500 LE basically the Radeon 8500 with 250/500.

Nice Nvidia and ATi users get a Cookie.... :smile: Yummy :smile:
November 5, 2001 11:18:04 PM

Overclocks to 275 / 550 with no problems

Nice Nvidia and ATi users get a Cookie.... :smile: Yummy :smile:
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
November 6, 2001 11:10:26 PM

I have not seen a Ti200 anywhere up here yet, but they will still be priced higher than the 8500....so I am told. as for the clock of the 8500, I am fine with overclocking it, and I am sure it will run great, I just wanted to be sure there where no other changes I should know about.

When I see a Ti200 I will post the price here.

Thanks a bunch guys for your help :D 
November 6, 2001 11:19:48 PM

There are GeForce3 Ti200 in Canada. They are about $400 CDN at <A HREF="http://www.altecmicro.com" target="_new">Altec Micro</A>

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November 6, 2001 11:50:45 PM

yes, the OEM radeon OC's to a retail's clock speed with no problem at all.. I even pushed it to 285mhz
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2001 12:01:38 AM

$400 for a Geforce Ti200.....Wow sure does not sound like "Geforce 3 performance for half the price to me"!!!

Sigh, I am so sick of the Nvidia *and associates* pricing structure....there is no real value found anywhere in their line for those who want both Price & Performance. Forgive the rant, but I find the prices rediculous. Now that ATI has a contender, and perhaps will be step for step with Nvidia the next round early next year, perhaps that will wake up Nvidia.....*rubbs crystal ball* I predict 1 of 2 things happening. Nvidia will price DOWN to ATI's level, or ATI will Price UP to Nvidias Level, Lets all hope for the former.

It' sick when you thing about it, when the first major major DX8+ games appear *doom and so forth* the Geforce 3 will be a base standard for running it with all the toys on, you will have to purchase the latest and the greatest yet again to have any performance head room....on the very games the damn card is to support.....

Again forgive the rant....but I find the Graphics Market rather out of touch...<<<sure that makes it fun, but it's out to lunch sometimes....

Opinions? Post away.... ;) 
November 7, 2001 12:04:05 AM

400 canadian duur.

Pricewatch.com has gf2 ti 200's for 169, which is cheaper than the oem radeon!

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November 7, 2001 12:04:24 AM

Gf3 ti 200's ***



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November 7, 2001 4:06:28 AM

I think only the Candians and some other countries have problems with Nvidia pricing :D 

A Ge3 Ti 200 would be a fair bit cheaper than an 8500 for me.

"Laziness is a talent to be cultivated like any other" - Walter Slovotsky
November 7, 2001 4:32:18 AM

i'm in Canada also
and Ati does beat Nivida in that respect.

most nvidia cards are 100+ dollars more than their Ati counterpart here!

My favourite Canadain sites for pricing!

<A HREF="http://www.canadacomputers.com" target="_new">http://www.canadacomputers.com&lt;/A>
<A HREF="http://www.pccanada.com" target="_new">http://www.pccanada.com&lt;/A>
<A HREF="http://www.ncix.com" target="_new">http://www.ncix.com&lt;/A>
<A HREF="http://www.logiccomputerhouse.com" target="_new">http://www.logiccomputerhouse.com&lt;/A>
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
March 9, 2002 6:31:35 PM

Buy OEM version, and overclock with Powerstrip to the Retail version.


Just set the clock speed to 275 instead of 250
March 9, 2002 6:48:37 PM

Wow! How did you get to this post? It's very old?

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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
March 9, 2002 11:34:06 PM

in canada the cheapest gf3ti200 is the MSI for $280. the radion 8500 is $329. all prices from vancouvers mconcept.com
March 9, 2002 11:49:33 PM

You can get a Radeon 8500 for $286 in Canada and a GF3Ti200 for just over $200.

AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
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