Going back to ATI but which manufacturer?

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  1. NomadicX

    NomadicX Master Guru

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    Hi guys! Decided its time to upgrade my gpu I'm gonna give ATI a shot again after a long time (last ATI card was an 8500).
    Not sure just yet whether I'll be getting a 5850 or 5870 but that's not my question anyway. What brand, be it Sapphire, HIS, XFX etc. would you all recommend? I'm looking for experiences both good and bad any of you have had with any of the major ATI vendors. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. MerolaC

    MerolaC Ancient Guru

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    Avoid XFX.

    Try to get: Sapphire (Toxic or Vapor-X) ASUS, Gigabyte, HIS (not that good for my taste, but they are OK) or MSI.
     
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  3. randomizer

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    Any card is ok. Even powercolor! But opted to Asus or Gigabyte since they provide 3 year warranty. Well in Australia they do. MSI do offer same thing but only on selected versions. I know my ati 5850 (its sold now) from MSI had 3 year warranty and is the lowest price when i got it.
     
  4. spleended

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    Id go for xfx or asus... those two i have the most trust in...
     

  5. Th3_Edge

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    I've had Saphire, HIS and XFX without issue on any of them.
     
  6. Mrsteve4011

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    I have had the Sapphire line ever since the Radeon 9600Pro. I have never had a problem with any of them.
     
  7. illdrag0n

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    Another vote for HIS and Powercolor here
     
  8. TriGGlety

    TriGGlety Banned

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    After 10 years iv had no probs with ANY gfx card iv had, from any vendor.

    One prob in 10 years, silly Overclockers UK sent me a PCI-E X800 GTO instead of an AGP.

    Be good to your cards, and they will be good back.
     
  9. Strike105X

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    Sapphire, HIS, Gigabyte.
     
  10. S3rgin

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    I vote for Sapphire. I have a 5870 Game Edition and no problems whatsoever.
     

  11. Turbo_1957

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    I have the sapphire 5850 toxic , look at what comes with the card all cards are basicly the same different warranty and package deals and price diff..5850 been good card
     
  12. Undying

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    XFX and Asus you cant go wrong there.
     
  13. Legendary_Agent

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    i hate asus for gfx cards... i rather have a sapphire or gigabyte...
     
  14. att_user

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    I had 1 Hercules 9800 SE, 1 Sapphire X1800 XL, 1 PowerColor X1950 Pro than i had a Sapphire HD 4870 X2 and now i have a Club 3D. All good cards. Had some problems with Sapphire 4870 X2 but the card was changed by the dealer and no problems ever since with ATI cards.

    It really does not matter what brand you buy as long as you buy a reference designed card. These are all the same with just a different sticker on the box.

    I would get the cheapest reference designed card.
     
  15. Nato.dbnz

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    My first ATI cards in years are the Sapphire 5870's in my sig. Very happy with them. Quality cards.
     

  16. Mega_Death

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    Asus Top with no bump in voltage to get 900/1025...and it's silent. ;)
     
  17. jskyg

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    I've had numerous sapphire cards, all excellent quality, this is my first powercolor, it's every bit as good as far as quality, or anything else that matters.

    I've only seen complaints about XFX, (probably due to popularity), so maybe just go for the best deal you can find.


    "Asus Top with no bump in voltage to get 900/1025...and it's silent"

    I own several ASUS products, 22" monitor, 2 dvd drives and an ASUS Oplay media player, they definitely make good quality products, so I'd make sure they are on your list.
     
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  18. dracis

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    The reason why people are saying to stay away from XFX (at least I hope), is because they make their own PCB boards and are having tons of issues. They strayed too far from the basic reference design and the components aren't the best of quality anymore.

    But you'd have to ask yourself something. When something did go wrong, and they RMA'ed the card, was it a pain? Probably not, but you never hear that side of the story. People tend to bitch more about having their card die and going through the hassle of sending it out rather than compliment on how easy it was.

    If anything, get the one that has the best support. It doesn't matter if anyone's had any problems with their cards. Just because Bob didn't have an issue with an RMA doesn't mean Jim will — or you. Get the one that is the most appealing, price and support wise. When I got my 5770 (XFX Rev2), I had done my research about people having issues with it, but I'm not having any issues whatsoever. If I did, the double lifetime warranty gives me peace of mind. And the price at $120 with Bing Cash Back and free shipping, I couldn't pass it up. :)
     
  19. krisby

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    Sapphire is always good. I recently had an Asus 4870 that was stupidly noisy too, put me off ever getting an Asus again, so changed to a Gigabyte 4890, whisper quiet and solid as a rock.
     
  20. randomizer

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    It all comes down to warranty. I think Gigabyte and Powercolor take 8 weeks.

    EVGA is the best!!
     

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