Radeon 9700 Pro Retail vs OEM???

By acidosmosis ยท 6 replies
Feb 14, 2003
  1. What is going to be the difference between buying the retail version of the Radeon 9700 Pro versus the OEM version??
  2. Mr.Guvernment

    Mr.Guvernment TS Rookie Posts: 77

    extra software, free games, and a pretty box and a bigger price tag come on the retail, also usually a longer warranty.

    Also sometimes adpater cables - such as s-video out and such will come with retail.
  3. CyruS

    CyruS TS Rookie

    If I were you, I'd go with the retail. You don't wanna miss out on all the extra g00dies and stuff that come with it. However, if you were buying, say, a cpu, definitely go with oem.. there isn't really anything extra that comes with the retail besides the warranty. :p
  4. Scorp

    Scorp TS Rookie

    I'll tell you what the difference is, cause I bought a OEM, your speed on the OEM will be 300/530, and the retail will be 325/600?, get the retail its faster and you can overclock it easier.
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    In some recently instances, retail seems to be clocked faster than OEM.

    This is entirely untrue with other hardware.. But video cards do this.

    Of course, the product itself is identical. Chances are it is merely "underclocked" to deter OEM sales to average consumers.
  6. Scorp

    Scorp TS Rookie

    Hey Rick you think if I put a new fan and heatsinks on the card and changed it bios (just read about this) I could OC like a Retail one?
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Most definitely. And you could probably overclock it well beyond the retail card's standard specs. Of course, it will only overclock as well as the retail card, if as good.
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