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Old 10th July, 2004, 06:47 AM
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ASUS a9800xt..oops...they call it a pro!

i had been salivating over this orange card with dual fans, heatpipe, and copper heatspreader and aluminium heatsinks (other XT's have the metal ass-backwards)...
picked it up a while ago....damn thing weighs in @ 4.5 lbs! i don't think my psu weighs that much!
anyway..i bought a ASUS 9800pro 256/TVD. The main reason was that is was 256MB as well as vivo..all-in-wonders are great...if you want the tv tuner . I just wanted straight video in.
now, you've got to understand, that when i get parts for my personal computer, i usually have ripped into the package before i get home . But this one was different. I wanted no other eyes to see it but mine.
i get it it power cord. thank god i was pulling out a 9800pro that had one, or i woulda been more molexes!
i get it fired up...benches a few point better thn the pro that was just in. all the slimy monitoring goodies had me drooling...i didn't even game for 2 days. Then came out the AS5. r360 and xt pcb..couldn't have been sure until then because of the damn-awful-large heatsink.
temps a little lower....i ran atitool. does xt speeds. cool! BIOS FLASH!
but something makes me stop and pull out the card again. I grab the pcb...and my hand slips.
After jumping around, scaring the crap outta my kids, and rubbing a sore elbow, i noticed a red sticker stuck on my thumb. A9800pro it says. i quickly turn myself upsidedown to look @ the gpu-side of the card, as i tried to pull it out without removing the screw...
A9800XT rev1.01 is staring @ me in the face.
so naturally, i'm a little confused. i bought a pro. but this pcb says 9800XT right on it! factory stamped! and it has a r360!

doesn't that possibly mean that this is just an underclocked/underperforming XT? does this not mean they COULDN'T sell it as a XT? I mean, i understand that cutting costs sometimes means delivering a product for a lower price...but why throw away $100 a card?
and then i thought...i paid for a 9800 pro...and got an XT...that's false advertizing.what was printed on the outside of the box was not what was on the inside of the box. be that as it may, my problem is this...i'ma overclocker...ain't no denying that. i was hoping that it was going to be the r350 like they changed thier site to say, as just one week ago there were none in canada to be had, and bang, thier site changes...and every retailer i deal with and could look up that normally caries them in stock now has them in stock again. with all the rumors of bios flashes to make an xt outta a pro, most places sold out in less than 24 hours. 6 hours of phone calls and about 100 in long distance... i found the one i got exchanges...but they have a 3-year warranty. only ati does that, AFAIK.

so now here i sit....XT in my machine...

but the box still says pro.
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