ATI Radeon 9800XT replacement question

By alienuser09
Jan 9, 2011
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  1. As it appears mine is failing, I'm looking to replace my old ATI Radeon 9800XT graphics card with same product (just trying to keep this old computer going/gaming till I can finally get a new system). I've found several "new" Radeon 9800XT cards for sale at reasonable prices, but they're not made by ATI/AMD. Apparently they ARE made with ATI/AMD chips and GPU's. Can anyone please advise as to whether these cards are comparable to the original product? I was hoping to just be able to swap out the card and not have to deal with driver uninstall/reinstalls. Is this possible with these 3rd party ATI cards or do they use different drivers/software?

    Any advice is appreciated!
  2. Mizzou

    Mizzou TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 930

    If the brand of the replacement card is Diamond or Sapphire it's basically the same thing, think there were a few others. If it's a reference design then your existing drivers should work, really need to know the exact brand to be sure.
  3. yRaz

    yRaz TechSpot Booster Posts: 768   +47

    I guess since the drivers are already in place it wouldn't hurt to try.
  4. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    why not just uninstall the drivers and reinstall them with the new card not like its hard or anything takes less than 2 minutes to do.
  5. alienuser09

    alienuser09 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    An update:

    Purchased a replacement ATI Radeon 9800XT 256MB - this one was manufactured by Systems Intl Business Corp.

    Did have to uninstall/reinstall the Catalyst drivers, but used the same exact driver suite (which is a good thing since the installation CD that came with the card was defective).

    Odd thing about the install - there was NO power connector on the new card. This had me scratching my head a bit, but apparently it gets ALL its power via the AGP slot.

    New card is operational and seems to be working fine.


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