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Old 12-24-2005, 12:25 AM   #1
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What's the difference?
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Well, I think ("think" is the key word here) that Sapphire is a company, and Radeon is a type of video card. I've seen Sapphire Radeon 7200's, for example (that'd be old, too ). I think if it is just Radeon it's a genuine ATi-made card.

But that's just what I've come to believe.
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Old 12-24-2005, 12:36 AM   #3
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Oh man, that is so confusing why they do that. I'm not an ATI person so I'm just trying to catch up on what's down with them. I thought Sapphire was a competitor to the Radeon both owned by ATI or something like that. I was just thinking if that was true, how wierd is that to have two competing graphic boards going at each other internally? I guess Nvidia has the Geforce and the Quadro so I don't know.
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But isn't the Quadra a special type of graphics card? I thought it had some special attribute to it that separated it from the rest of Nvidia's line, perhaps something to do with four ______ (as in I don't know what it could be) since that's the root of the name of the card.
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Old 12-24-2005, 12:40 AM   #5
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I have no clue, but I hear the Quadro is geared towards workstations and stuff. They cost a bundle too. I don't touch anything but an nvidia geforce supported chipset.
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I agree with you about those GeForce's! Great pieces of machinery.

I knew the Quadro was for something else... I think it may be for engineering applications.

I just did some scouting on Newegg and all of their Quadro's are made by PNY Technologies and a lot of them support dual to quad monitor support (I think...) and they also have very high resolution capabilities. One reviewer said it works great for AutoCAD, which is an architectural program (my dad's an architect and I help him occassionally) and I can see why one would want a high resolution with that.
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If they are capable of that kind of process, I wonder why they're not popular with gamers? They've got to be badasses with games.
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But the core and memory clocks aren't very high. So, basically, all that resolution would be wasted because you couldn't run any games at the high ones. I don't know! It kind of works against itself, doesn't it!
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Personally, I don't know anybody that owns a Quadro video card. Most people own geforces and the older TNT cards. Wow, that is museum quality right there. I guess the geforce and Quadro are so different, that games and research require different video card specs.
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I guess so. But I still wonder why they are so expensive! I can't find anything in the specifications that would separate their prices that much! Except for the resolution, I can't think of anything.

Also, are there monitors that can actually use those kinds of resolutions?!
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Oh god, those resolutions are sky high. Must be for people that use huge monitors.
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OK, Sapphire is a company that sells ATi cards. They buy the cards from ATi, then sell them to customers to make a profit. Radeon is juat a brand name. Kind of like how you have a Spalding NBA basketball or a Samsung SynMaster monitor. The SyncMaster is the brand name while Samsung is the company. Get it?
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But Nvidia has a whole bunch of companies like XFX, PNY, MSI, Asus, etc when ATI only has Sapphire? Lol
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...Is that not what I said...

I've always wanted an HDTV to be my computer monitor... (That's a joke...)
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Now that you mention it... You may be onto something there. Oh well, off to bed for me anywho. G'night guys.
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Sapphire Technologies is a company that specializes in ATI Radeon cards, while Radeon is ATI's product line. The Quadro is nVIDIA's workstation solution designed for graphics work and so forth.

http://www.sapphiretech.com/en/
http://www.ati.com/
http://www.nvidia.com/page/workstation.html
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Here are some companies that sell ATi Radeon cards.

MSI
POWERCOLOR
VisionTek
HIS Hightech
Sapphire
Gigabyte
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Ohhh, that makes more sense now. When you included that Sapphire in there with the other companies, it became clear. Sapphire is a company that makes ATI RADEON and FireGL cards. Plus, ATI also make their own line of cards too. Nvidia always have other companies make it for them.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TRDCorolla
But Nvidia has a whole bunch of companies like XFX, PNY, MSI, Asus, etc when ATI only has Sapphire? Lol
ATI:

-ABIT
-ASUS
-Buffalo Inc.
-Celestica
-Connect Components Ltd.
-Elitegroup Computer Systems Co., Ltd.
-ELSA Technology Inc.
-First International Computer, Inc.
-Giga-Byte Techonology Co., Ltd.
-Hercules Guillemot
-Hightech Information System Ltd.
-Info-Tek Corp.
-Micro-Star International Co., Ltd
-Palit Microsytems, Inc.
-Sapphire Technology Ltd.
-Transcend Information, Inc.
-Triplex REDai
-Tul / PowerColor Corporation
-TYAN Computer
-Visiontek
-Wistron Corporation
-YUAN

nVIDIA:

-ABIT Computer Corporation
-Albatron USA Inc.
-AOpen America Inc.
-ASUS
-BFG Technologies, Inc.
-Biostar
-Chaintech Excel, Inc.
-EPoX Computer
-EVGA
-Geniman International Limited (GIL)
-Gigabyte Technology Co., LTD
-Jaton Corporation
-Leadtek Research, Inc.
-MSI Computer Corp.
-Palit Microsystems, Inc.
-PNY Technologies, Inc.
-Prolink Computer Inc.
-Sparkle
-XFX

Wow...now my fingers hurt after all that copying and pasting.
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Whoa, that convinced me...ok I get the point now. Whew, that was fun.
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