Go Back   AnandTech Forums > Hardware and Technology > Video Cards and Graphics

Forums
· Hardware and Technology
· CPUs and Overclocking
· Motherboards
· Video Cards and Graphics
· Memory and Storage
· Power Supplies
· Cases & Cooling
· SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs
· Networking
· Peripherals
· General Hardware
· Highly Technical
· Computer Help
· Home Theater PCs
· Consumer Electronics
· Digital and Video Cameras
· Mobile Devices & Gadgets
· Audio/Video & Home Theater
· Software
· Software for Windows
· All Things Apple
· *nix Software
· Operating Systems
· Programming
· PC Gaming
· Console Gaming
· Distributed Computing
· Security
· Social
· Off Topic
· Politics and News
· Discussion Club
· Love and Relationships
· The Garage
· Health and Fitness
· Merchandise and Shopping
· For Sale/Trade
· Hot Deals with Free Stuff/Contests
· Black Friday 2014
· Forum Issues
· Technical Forum Issues
· Personal Forum Issues
· Suggestion Box
· Moderator Resources
· Moderator Discussions
   

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-08-2012, 03:50 PM   #51
Shephard
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 766
Default

no ASUS customer service sucks I have dealt with them before.

I had one ASUS gpu before it was back and fourth and I had to pay shipping BOTH ways. Stinks!

They do make great nvidia cards as long as they don't die! Good motherboards too!
Shephard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 04:01 PM   #52
CryHavoc
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 974
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shephard View Post
Never heard of them either.
LOL then you must be very young or somewhat new to the scene.

The Diamond Viper V770 was, for a time about 14 to 15 years ago...THE video card to have

NVIDIA Riva TNT 2 chipset
32-bit rendering
128-bit 2-D acceleration
32 MB video memory (later updated to 64)
AGP 4x

These were great cards for DOOM, Castle Wolfenstein and especially Quake

Man I'm getting old!

Regarding video card brands of today.
I've had perfect experience with MSI, Gigabyte, Powercolor and EVGA.

If I were in the market for a new card, I'd lean MSI or EVGA
__________________
My Heat
CryHavoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 04:35 PM   #53
Shephard
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 766
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CryHavoc View Post
LOL then you must be very young or somewhat new to the scene.

The Diamond Viper V770 was, for a time about 14 to 15 years ago...THE video card to have

NVIDIA Riva TNT 2 chipset
32-bit rendering
128-bit 2-D acceleration
32 MB video memory (later updated to 64)
AGP 4x

These were great cards for DOOM, Castle Wolfenstein and especially Quake

Man I'm getting old!

Regarding video card brands of today.
I've had perfect experience with MSI, Gigabyte, Powercolor and EVGA.

If I were in the market for a new card, I'd lean MSI or EVGA
No I am not new to the "scene" I just don't have expierence with certain brands.

The GPU brands I have used for nvidia and ati/amd cards...

- BFG Tech
- ASUS
- Gigabyte
- Powercolor
- Sapphire
- 3dfx
- EVGA

Last edited by Shephard; 11-08-2012 at 04:38 PM.
Shephard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 04:49 PM   #54
videogames101
Diamond Member
 
videogames101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: 52375
Posts: 6,175
Default

Despite everything I just read in this thread: Sapphire, Diamond, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, PowerCooler, HIS, and VisionTek (and did I forget anyone else?) all make quality AMD cards. The only brand I'd avoid is XFX. (And it wasn't always that way either.)

This is based entirely on what I've read, heard, and seen since around 2004. Is my opinion worth a damn more than the others posted in this thread? Well I think so

If I had to pick just one brand for AMD cards it would be VisionTek, because they have a lifetime warranty, AND you probably won't need it. I honestly think they are the hidden gem of manufacturers.
__________________
3570K
HD7870 (Tahiti LE)

Last edited by videogames101; 11-08-2012 at 04:57 PM.
videogames101 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 04:55 PM   #55
Shephard
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 766
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by videogames101 View Post
Despite everything I just read in this thread: Sapphire, Diamond, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, PowerCooler, HIS, and VisionTek (and did I forget anyone else?) all make quality AMD cards. The only brand I'd avoid is XFX. (And it wasn't always that way either.)

This is based entirely on what I've read, heard, and seen since around 2004. Is my opinion worth a damn more than the others posted in this thread? Well I think so

If I had to pick just one brand for AMD cards it would be VisionTek, because they have a lifetime warranty, AND you probably won't need it.
but XFX has a lifetime warranty to, it's transferrable if you sell card, and you can put your old card towards a new one.
Shephard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 06:33 PM   #56
videogames101
Diamond Member
 
videogames101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: 52375
Posts: 6,175
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shephard View Post
but XFX has a lifetime warranty to, it's transferrable if you sell card, and you can put your old card towards a new one.
yeah but with XFX you're going to need it
__________________
3570K
HD7870 (Tahiti LE)
videogames101 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 06:53 PM   #57
Shephard
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 766
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by videogames101 View Post
yeah but with XFX you're going to need it
well it's a lifetime so you can't go wrong.

I want to know why you think XFX is bad.
Shephard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 07:37 PM   #58
videogames101
Diamond Member
 
videogames101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: 52375
Posts: 6,175
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shephard View Post
well it's a lifetime so you can't go wrong.

I want to know why you think XFX is bad.
I think xfx is bad because I perceive a widely held notion that their QC is terrible and their RMA service rivals Asus. (which is not a good thing)

That being said, I've recommend xfx cards to people when the price was right on their models, because you are correct, in the end the warranty is for the lifetime of the card.
__________________
3570K
HD7870 (Tahiti LE)
videogames101 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 08:24 PM   #59
stylez777
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 83
Default

I own an XFX 5850 for 3 years now. It has been a workhorse for me. Even with the lifetime warranty here are reasons I won't buy another one now:

1. Their cooling on their cards is widely reviewed as not as good or as quiet as MSI TF3 or Gigabytes WF3 card.

2. Their Black edition with the upgraded cooling is still not as good as MSI or Gigabyte offering and is more expensive.

3. They have not overclocked as well compared to MSI or Gigabytes cards in reviews (something important to me)

Beyond that the lifetime warranty is a good fall back and I can see that swaying buyers (if XFX lives up to it). My XFX 5850 is starting to die on me so I may soon be testing them on their lifetime warranty.

While I won't bash XFX they just would not be my first choice I feel their is better options from other manufacturers for a tad less price
__________________
Core i7 4770k@4.4GHz l 16GB Mushkin 1600MHz l Gigabyte Z87X - UD3H l MSI TF3 7950 l Antec 850W PSU l Samsung 830 256GB l Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB SSD l WDC Black 1TB l Windows 8 Pro l Antec 1200 case l Asus 24.5" 1080p Monitor l Razer Naga mouse and Razer Anansi Keyboard
stylez777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 08:31 PM   #60
Zorander
Golden Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 1,014
Default

I have had good personal experience with Sapphire (5850) and Gigabyte (7950).
Zorander is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 09:16 PM   #61
Shephard
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 766
Default

I will go with 7950 MSI or Gigabyte, whatever is cheaper on the Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

I have learned more about some of these brands so that is good to know.
Shephard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2012, 01:14 AM   #62
Digital Savior
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Cleveland
Posts: 26
Default

I have a Diamond 7970, installed the GHZ bios, works fine. Fold on it more than I game. Ran hot. Installed the Kuhler 620 on it. No complaints on it yet. Have had for a couple of months.
Digital Savior is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2012, 06:50 AM   #63
octavian33
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 5
Default

I am just curious, what card are you useing now Shephard?

Reason I ask is are you the type of person who has to stay on the bleeding edge of tech, or is this choice that you are makeing going to be one that you stay with for quite sometime?

This might influence the decision you make if OC is important to you, warranties, etc.
octavian33 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2012, 01:15 PM   #64
Shephard
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 766
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by octavian33 View Post
I am just curious, what card are you useing now Shephard?

Reason I ask is are you the type of person who has to stay on the bleeding edge of tech, or is this choice that you are makeing going to be one that you stay with for quite sometime?

This might influence the decision you make if OC is important to you, warranties, etc.
Right now I have 9800 GT overclocked made by ASUS. Paired with my Q6600. I have had my computer over 5 years now.

I want to play all the games on highest possible settings, never been able to do that.
Shephard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2012, 01:24 PM   #65
superjim
Senior Member
 
superjim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Iowa
Posts: 287
Default

I've never had a problem with any third-party vendor over 12+ years. Diamond, Sapphire, HIS, Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA, MSI, Powercolor. I'll consider myself lucky. Warranty-wise I think EVGA has the best warranties but they only make nvidia cards. For AMD I think XFX has the best warranty, last time I checked. Always a crap-shoot.
__________________
Main: 2500K @ 4.6 Megahalems | ASRock P67 Extreme4 | 240GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe | 8GB GSkill DDR3 2133 | EVGA GTX 680 | Corsair HX750 | Top Deck Tech Station | HP LP2475W 8-bit H-IPS | HP LP1965 8-bit P-VA
HTPC: Athlon II X2 240e | 8GB Team DDR3 1333 | MSI 880GM-E41 | MSI 6570 | 60GB OCZ Agility 3 | LITE-ON 12X BD-R IHBS112-29 | hec 7K09BBA30FNRX 300W | XBMC
NAS: Synology DS211j | 2x 2TB Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 RAID 1
superjim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2012, 02:53 PM   #66
p_monks33
Golden Member
 
p_monks33's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Tulsa OK.
Posts: 1,029
Default

So far I have had the following brands/cards in the recent past. XFX 9800GTX+ had two of them, they are still strong running cards, PNY GTX 470 ran hot but never died, sold it, Asus 470 good card, Palit 460 ran great still going I bet, Powercolor 6970 quiet and cool card build quality was good (sold it) . MSI GTX 680 Reference died randomly on startup, RMA was a PITA hard to get ahold of someone and ended up not getting a replacement card they finally refunded me with a check that took a month to arrive , I will still buy their cards due to nice design. EVGA 680 nice card good build, XFX 7970 I think I killed this card with voltage by accident, told xfx rep what happened he replaced it within a week, I got my replacement xfx 7970 and its great I had a driver issue and the reps are on the spot ready to help every time I call. Asus 560's I had were very nice cards as well and I have had good luck with asus CS. I don't understand all the hate on XFX here, all companies have good and bad.
__________________
Heatware
Corsair 750D , I7 4770K 4.4Ghz , Maximus Formula VI,
EK Water Cooled DC2 GTX 780, EK Pump/Res , 500GB Samsung 840, 1000w EVGA SuperNova PSU, 30" Monoprice IPS.
p_monks33 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.