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can someone tell me the diffence between these 2 video cards x1800xt's

By frost1977
Jun 8, 2006
  1. SAPPHIRE 100154L Radeon X1800XT

    SAPPHIRE 100154SR Radeon X1800XT

    the numbers on the cards clock speed, mem etc are the same.

    it has some diffrences in the text descriptions at NewEgg.com

    SAPPHIRE 100154SR Radeon X1800XT :---
    sys reqs:
    PCI Express based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard (PCI-E version) Connection to the system power supply is required. The power supply should have a specialized 12V graphics card power connector 350-Watt power supply or greater recommended Intel Pentium 4/III, AMD Athlon 64/K7/ Athlon XP 256 MB system memory or more for better performance Installation software requires CD-ROM drive DVD playback requires DVD drive

    Feats:
    Hydravision 3 HDTV Compatible (YPbPr) SuperAA Shader Model 3.0 Single slot cooling solution FullStream (Video-deblocking) - Real, divX, WM9

    the other card
    SAPPHIRE 100154L Radeon X1800XT

    sys reqs:
    PCI Express® based PC is required with one x16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard. Connection to the system power supply is required (Adapter Included). 450-Watt power supply or greater recommended (assumes fully loaded system) 512MB of System Memory Installation software requires CD-ROM drive DVD playback requires DVD drive and decoder software (not included

    Feats:
    Ring Bus Memory Controller Ultra-Threaded Shader Engine Avivo™ Video and Display Platform CrossFire™ Ready dual-link DVI Shader Model 3.0 SuperAA HDTV Compatible (YPbPr


    any help here is apreceated, i plan to order tonight or tomorrow.
    i am trying to read off a very bad screen hehe as my current video card is mostl shot.
     
  2. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,199

    They are basically the same card, just two slightly different models. Same everything.

    The $269 "SR" is the software bundle version. For $20 more, you get Power Director Pro 3.0, Power DVD and a couple other CD's of "lite" versions of software.

    The $249 "L" model is just the X1800XT with the basic driver CD. i.e.. you'll need to provide your own DiVx and MPG4/DVD decoder from somewhere else not be able to watch DVD's with it.

    If you already have WinDVD or other DVD software, I'd just save the $20 and get the $249 version. It's basically a bundle difference, but worth it for folks that don't already have DVD software.
     
  3. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    It looks to me like the first one is pci-e only whereas the second one is sli.

    They are both pci-e but the second one can be connected to another gfx card in the sli configuration.

    It you look at pics of them the first one wont have an edge connector on the top whereas the second one will(for sli).
     
  4. frost1977

    frost1977 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    k , the main thing i zoned in on was this


    Hydravision 3 HDTV Compatible

    VS.


    Ring Bus Memory Controller Ultra-Threaded Shader Engine Avivo

    like one my do better at shading or something.
     
  5. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,199

    Negative. Both cards have the same featureset and are IDENTICAL cards in every way. It's simply the software bundle included.

    As you can see here:
    100154SR:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowI...6MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

    100154L:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowI...6MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

    They both include an HDTV cable for the TV-Out port.. as well as are Hydravision 3 compatible, both have dual-DVI, Ring-Bus Controller, AVIVO chip, etc.etc. These are all standard features of the R-chipset core.
     
  6. frost1977

    frost1977 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks that helps,
    i will go with the cheeper card.

    shoulld be a vast improvement
    a dying 9800pro is my current card. hehe
     
  7. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,199

    I hope you plan also a motherboard upgrade, and forgive me if I missed this.

    The 9800 Pro is an AGP videocard, whereas these are PCI-Express. While AGP mainboards have PCI slots, these are NOT the same as PCI-Express. Only newer, current generation mainboards have PCI-Expressx16 slots, so you'll 99% likely need a whole new motherboard... and possibly CPU and/or memory as well in order to upgrade AGP to a PCI-Express system.

    Lastly, ensure you have adequate power. These Radeon X-series cards are very, very power hungry. I'd recommend a quality, name-brand 400W PSU or better power supply with 19-22A on the 12v rail if you want stability.
     
  8. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 1,058


    The sli thing is only for nvidia cards. CrossFire (hehehe) is for dual- ATI cards.
     
  9. frost1977

    frost1977 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    New motherboard (ga-8I945g-pro) pci-ex16 MB was on its way before i looked at the cards. I have been working with my local PC store, I could just get the videocard cheeper than he could.. and just wanted to besure what i was getting on the 2 diffrent cards.

    already have a 450-watt pwr supply installed.
     
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