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Old June 24, 2008, 03:45 PM
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from what i hear visiontek offers a lifetime warranty but they are real arse holes when it comes to full fills their end of the deal


i will be buying an HIS HD4870 because they offer a 2 year warranty and the first year will be covered by NCIX and besides after 2-3 years it will cost you more to ship it back then the card is worth.... at least with HIS the first year is covered through NCIX where i get free RMA shipping which is good

not to mention they are offering a free game or 2 with the 4850 i hope they so the same with the 4870
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Old June 24, 2008, 04:47 PM
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Great thanks for the input. Since VisionTek has the lifetime warranty I will probably go with them. We should hear about the HD4870 tomorrow, I can't wait!
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Old June 24, 2008, 05:19 PM
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I've always had good experience w/ MSI graphics cards. Actually, I haven't really had many fail on me at all that weren't caused by stupidity or old age.
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Old June 24, 2008, 05:56 PM
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For myself I would have to say Sapphire and HIS
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Old June 24, 2008, 06:14 PM
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Well I have had one sapphire card die on me. Had to underclock it to work. I would either go with HIS because I want that screw driver plus the free game. Or visiontek because of the life time warranty and they cover overclocking in their warranty.
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Old June 24, 2008, 06:21 PM
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I have a Visiontek GeForce MX440 that overclocks like crazy (on passive cooling, no less) ... and one of the few that used 128-bit memory (most MX440s used 64-bit) ...

It just sits in a drawer now, but that was a beast of a $50 card back in the day :p
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Old June 24, 2008, 07:03 PM
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asus = POS

sapphire seems ok to me so far, great tech support,
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Old June 24, 2008, 07:43 PM
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I've had seven ATI cards from four different suppliers. A Power Colour 9550 and 9250. Both of which I still have actually. The 9550 I kept because when it was time to upgrade it wasn't worth selling, and it overclocks like hell! The 9250 I've got is from my Dad's old rig and I'm keeping it for a "just in case" card because it's a PCI unit. I also used to have an HIS X1600pro and two HD2600XT's (in crossfire). Loved them when had them. They stay VERY cool and were excellent OCer's too! I kind of wish I still had them to tinker with now that I think about it lol. Currently I have two 3870's (also in crossfire). One is a Sapphire which has the reference design cooler, and the other is a Diamond with a copper pipe unit. ALL of the cards have been solid with zero problems. IMO, I would say if you're in the market for a new card just go for price and warranty. That's my 2 cents.
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The only "After Market" ati card from a third manufacturer i have owned are my Diamond 3850's in crossfire. There performance is top notch. I would recommend them even though they have a slight fan bug which i solved by water cooling them :). The only other ATI card i own is a X1900XT 512MB made by ATI.
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Old June 26, 2008, 01:45 PM
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Even though visiontek offers a lifetime warranty, i would go with HIS, simply because the 1st year is covered by NCIX. Its 2 years total i believe.
If nothing happens in the first year, i think its safe to say your card is okay.

Just my 2 cents.
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