O.E.M.Graphics card, what do you get?

  dagwoood 12:40 02 Jan 05

I'm considering getting a new graphics card and I'm currently undecided what to get, but one card I'm looking at, Radeon 9700Pro, I can only find as an O.E.M. version.

What would I expect to get included with it? Would it have the relevant cabling and installation manual? Drivers I'm not worried about as I'd use the latest Catalyst drivers anyway.

Cheers, and happy new year, dagwoood.

  ACOLYTE 12:46 02 Jan 05

I would think you would get the card,driver cd,maybe a dvi connector and other stuff bundled with it,depends,i got win dvd 4 and 3d mark 2003,with my fx5700.

  Technotiger 12:46 02 Jan 05

Hi, OEM mean Original Equipment Manufacturer - you get on ly the board, no manual, no box, often no leads. That is why it is so much cheaper than Retail.

  Technotiger 12:47 02 Jan 05

ps - yes, I forgot, you do get the cd.

  ACOLYTE 12:48 02 Jan 05

yes,i didnt see OEM bit ,lol still a bit hazy from last night,but if the retailer is friendly he may throw a few bits in,lol.

  sidecar sid 12:50 02 Jan 05

It can vary,sometimes just the card and driver disc,if you are lucky you may get the odd cable such as TV-out or S-Video or even a DVI-VGA adaptor.

The card manufactures website may give you more information.

Happy new year to you,Sid

  Technotiger 12:52 02 Jan 05

another ps - lol - you should find the Manual on the cd anyway - I printed mine out from the cd, all 72 pages!!

  dagwoood 12:57 02 Jan 05

Thanks for the quick responses guys.

As it's O.E.M., I thought I'd only get the card and not much else. My main concern was would it come with the correct cable to connect to the power supply and a guide to how it connects to it, wouldn't want to connect it to the wrong cable an fry it!!

Thanks again, dagwoood.

  Stuartli 12:57 02 Jan 05

Usually, with an OEM product, you only get the bare hardware - anything else you normally have to supply but, as most people already have the requisite items when buying such a high grade card, it doesn't matter.

Drivers, manual etc can be downloaded from the manufacturer's website. The beauty, of course, is the level of financial saving - better than than paying over the top for a box, a CD-ROM and a cable or two...:-)

  JIM 13:00 02 Jan 05


OEM is just the card and nothing else. Drivers would be downloaded from ATi's site.

Have a look at the ebuyer link there may be no 9700
but the price of the retail 9800 is good and plenty of others to ponder on.

click here

  ACOLYTE 13:01 02 Jan 05

You may already have the cable on your PSU most new ones have the connector built in.

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