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Old March 27, 2010, 04:32 AM
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Looking to purchase a 5850. Having purchased NVIDIA in the past I am not too familliar with some of the manufacturers of the ATI cards.

Other than features / warranty can I expect the same quality amongst the different brands??

XFX seems to charge a premium for their cards, while names like Powercolor and Sapphire seem to run at the low range of the price spectrum.

Or do I just go with an Asus because its a name I trust??

or a deal like this

VisionTek Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity Lifetime Warranty- Retail

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Old March 27, 2010, 04:37 AM
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price variance is all warranty xfx has a double life time which i think is great. but i have owned almost every brand there all the same cards different stickers/coolers is all.
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Old March 27, 2010, 06:15 AM
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Asus is probably a safe bet. I like the Sapphire cards as you can opt for their toxic/vapor-x editions and get get better cooling and less sound than the generic card. I remember hearing that Powercooler was a brand to 'stay away from' on the ATI lineups, but that was a while ago and I don't know for certain that their failure rates are any worse than the other partners.
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Old March 27, 2010, 06:41 AM
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What about Gigabyte?

They sure know how to make sweet motherboards. Can we assume that GiGABYTE and ASUS, being great MOBO makers are also great on Graphics cards???

Are the ATI cards made by the same manufacture and "partners" receive them and only put their stickers on them???
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Old March 27, 2010, 07:33 AM
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I'm a fan of Sapphires VaporX/Toxic lineup due to thier low temperatures and higher clock speeds. It really comes down to how much extra you're willing to pay over a regular stock reference card.
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Old March 27, 2010, 07:58 AM
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Don't you have to ship a RMA Sapphire to Asia?
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Old March 27, 2010, 02:12 PM
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I'd agree that ASUS or Sapphire are pretty safe bets.
Just stay away from HIS. If you want to RMA directly from them, you have to ship all the way to Hong Kong.
It's a shame that ATI doesn't have an AIB in the same league as EVGA.
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If ya wanna tweak it, get Asus, 1200/1400 clocks in the CCC plus voltage adjustments through their own tools.
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Old March 27, 2010, 02:20 PM
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Are the ATI cards made by the same manufacture and "partners" receive them and only put their stickers on them???
99% of the time yes some company's have there own board design's too like palit but most of time it's just cooler and stickers that's put on by there partners
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What about Gigabyte?

They sure know how to make sweet motherboards. Can we assume that GiGABYTE and ASUS, being great MOBO makers are also great on Graphics cards???
I have a Gigabyte 4870 and its a great card. I've been looking at the GV-R585OC-1GD which looks like a great card and its factory overclocked yet (where i'm buying) its one of the cheapest 5850's.
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