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Old June 23, 2008, 10:41 PM
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Question What's your most trusted brand of AMD/ATI graphics cards?

For the past while I have been using nvidia graphics and haven't really been paying attention the amd/ati side of the market, aside from benchmarks of course. But, like a lot of you, I am quite interested in the HD48xx series. So my question is which supplier do you trust the most? With an nvidia gpu I would usually go with evga hands down, but when I have had ati graphics cards in the past they have been just ati cards, not branded otherwise. I saw that in a few reviews they were using VisionTek. I know there are only subtle differences between the products from different vendors(unless overclocked), but which would you choose?
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Old June 23, 2008, 11:20 PM
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I've used HIS before; I liked them a lot. Other than that my ATI days go back to when they were ATI brand itself. I don't have any experience otherwise but maybe one of these guys can help.
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Old June 23, 2008, 11:48 PM
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I would agree with HIS if you get thier IceQ Turbo series they generally make the top of the range for that series with good OC and excellent cooling from the word go, do a google on thier HIS IceQ Turbo 3870.

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Old June 24, 2008, 02:23 AM
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I have owned A couple of different brand"s here"s a quick rundown:
ASUS : I had an 1800XL Piece "O" Crap Did not survive burnin.
Sapphire : I have had a few generation"s of there card"s , I like the company.
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Old June 24, 2008, 05:13 AM
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I had a Sapphire X800 Pro (the card before my 8800 GT) and it never failed on me. The only thing that I've heard that was bad from Sapphire was the warranty support and the huge fuss about their customer service. It's on their forums somewhere. I think I will go with HIS or Diamond this time if I get a new card.
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Old June 24, 2008, 05:21 AM
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ABS (anybody but sapphire).

I've had two of their cards which had major overheating problems (component based, not GPU). Since they build mostly reference design cards that wouldn't have been a problem for me except for the fact that they refuse to admit there is a systemic problem when one exists. (They just tell you to get twice the PSU you should need which solves overheating VRM issues).

I've been happy with my HIS IceQ3 3870.
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Old June 24, 2008, 08:04 AM
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Anyone but Sapphire for me as well. I have MSI and HIS cards right now, both are fine.
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My Sapphire x800 pro died on me, pretty much immediately after the 3 year warranty expired. SKYMTL mentioned that visiontek now offers lifetime warranties on their ATI cards, which is the first ever for ATI fab companies. i would go with them if the price is similar.
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none.. walmart brand...

but since that aint true.... i been through asus... sapph.. evga.... and at some pt it is a crap shoot...

lately i had luck with sapphire (no need to mention ati).. and evga for nvidia
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Old June 24, 2008, 11:54 AM
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Even though I've never owned one, I'll say VisionTek. They offer lifetime warranty so I don't think you can really go wrong...
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