Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Baggy, Mar 21, 2002.
This card is becoming hard to find.
Does anyone know where stock may be found?
Try www.CCLCOMPUTERS.CO.UK. Based in Bradford, W yorks, but do mail order and are pretty cheap too.
Haven't checked stock but web site is comprehensive.
Just tried them.They show the 7000 & 7500 but not the 7200.
Anyone know what the difference between the OEM and Retail versions is.
OEM simply means no fancy packaging. Often supplied in jiffy or plain anti-stat bags.
You still get the same product/cd etc.
Useful for system builders and cheaper.
Retail also higher clock rate for core and memory but not a prob if just for a HCPC.
I just wondered if there was any difference with memory speeds etc.
You must have read my mind.
OEM now has a new meaning which is official drivers don't work. Digital Connections in the US recalled all the OEM Radeons they had sold due to official drivers not working. Buyers beware. This is not true for all OEM Radeons, so you might get lucky....
Think I'll play safe and continue looking for a retail card.
Not heard this before. What's your source?
If this is true, you could just clock it to normal speeds anyway. They must be manufactured with the same components?
Equally, I'm not sure why therefore they wouldn't work with the standard drivers???
I did a search on AVS under "Digital Connection AND Radeon" and found the thread he was on about.
Are people refering to
OEM as in a third party manufacturer (eg Supergrace) producing a card based on the ATI chipset
OEM as in a card supplied for reselling in a system. (usually just a anti-stat bag and a cd wallet or brown box)
As far as I'm aware noone has reported problems with ATI OEM products just cards manufactured by 3rd parties
I could be wrong - I just would like someone to clarify.
In the "recall" thread they talk of OEM built by ATI and OEM built by Third Party.
It's the Third Party cards that they were having problems with.
Its difficult to know what you are getting these days, I bought a Supergrace Radeon 8500LE, but it was made by ATI. You could buy an OEM card thinking its made by ATI when in fact its OEM from a 3rd party.
That explains it then.
As I said before, the CCL stuff is simply for system builders/resellers supplied in jiffy/anti-stat bag.
It's still made by ATI. Same card - no fancy packaging.
How's the Supergrace 8500.
Apart from the well documented gamma problem with all 8500's its very good. Most of the time the brocken gamma curve is not an issue but on rare occations its quite visible (colour banding, posterisation on dark colours). ATI have come forward to say that they know of the issue and it will be fixed in a future driver.
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