I think the ATI 8500 was the last time there was an actual performance difference between a retail and OEM card. Only when a card is OCed by the manufacturer or if you plan on OCing and one card has a better copper HS would it really make a difference. However, if a retail version has a game you want included for a price difference lesser then the game itself, then that is a factor as well.
For the X1900XT line up at this time, there is no difference, even in the cooling. Just what games come bundled and maybe a VGA to DVI adapter which you should not be using anyways.
I don't think its the warrenty. IIRC Sapphire cards come with a 2 year warrenty with no differentiation between Retail and OEM. The only difference I know about is that retail comes with a pretty multicolor box and a game DVD. (Or with other brands, LOTS of bundled games)
My X1900XT OEM came with all the cables/ 2x DVI->VGA and a driver CD. Oh it came with 8 high-density 1.1ns Samsung modules too. :laugh:
Originally posted by: CLohre
I know this is an older thread but I just got my PowerColor X1900XT OEM and I must have got shafted because all I got was a bubble wrapped Card and Nothing else. No cables, dongles nadda.
I am lucky I have like 3 DVI-Analog adapters from my previous cards or else I would have not been able to connect my monitor.