of the main manfacturers of ATI cards who has the best rep?

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  1. bratboy

    bratboy New Member

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    Just kind of curious as to peoples opinions are on which manufacturer does the best job when it comes to makeing cards based on ATI/AMD based chips or are they all pretty equal these days?
     
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    kris23 Going Insane.....

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    sapphire
     
  3. Mousey

    Mousey HH's Official Rodent

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    ^^ Agreed, Sapphire
     
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    DJ BIG T DH FaN BoY

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    i agree ;)
     
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    Sapphire has been in the biz a long time (originally ATIs OEM manufacturer for God knows how long), and their service support it top notch. However, I'd buy a Gigabyte card over theirs these days. Gigabytes boards are much better built (they use sold-state capacitors on all their cards, not just the expensive ones), and their service is just as good.
     
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    Kizo HHs Valve fanatic

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    Of the ATi manufacturers I have experience with, I can recommend Sapphire as the best, for quality and support.
    As for Gigabyte, i never had graphics card from them, only motherboards.But if their motherboard support and quality is anything to be judged by, I'd say they may be one of the best. :)
     
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    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    sapphire..

    i to have never had a gigabyte video card.... so i can't comment on that..

    i've has:

    Hercules (poor thing, died way back when ati/nvidia shit started)
    HIS
    Abit
    Sapphire
    Built By ATI (imo the best of the best, but identical to sapphire usually)
    MSI
    Asus
    Power Color
    Creative (imo not so great)

    drawing a blank now on the others i've had
     
  8. bratboy

    bratboy New Member

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    what about visiontek?
     
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    deadeyeselh New Member

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    Sapphire all the way baby!
     
  10. mike2h

    mike2h New Member

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    while it was a nv card my exp with visiontek was poor. card was bad & support subpar. that wa about 3yrs ago tho.
     
  11. Kizo

    Kizo HHs Valve fanatic

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    I haven't owned any Visiontek card myself. Only thing I have read and remembered about Visiontek is that they offer lifetime warranty for their cards (I read that about 4850s I think, and it may be important considering that the card outputs a lot of heat), while most other vendors offer 3 year warranty. But I don't remember where I read it, so you may investigate that.

    Cheers:)
     
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    kris23 Going Insane.....

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    sapphire tends to build some of the highest quality cards and visiontek seems to have a good warranty plan.

    people like sapphire because for some odd reason they dont break or die as often as other manufacturers' cards....

    if gigabyte uses better components though, id go there.
     
  13. bratboy

    bratboy New Member

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    Well I ended up ordering a Saphire 4870 and am sending back the 3870 X 2 card. Seen one or 2 ppl that said they had problems with the Sapphire cards dieing but am hopeing those are rare instances and not a common occurance:w00t::D:w00t::D
     
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    Al_Vampyre Well-Known Member

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    Sapphire here too
     
  15. Cow_160483

    Cow_160483 HH's only cow moooooo...

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    My card is a Gigabyte 1600 pro and i have never had any problems with it since i bought it which was along time ago so i will vouch for them they are good.
     
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    My list for best ,And have owned at least one card from each.

    Built By ATI (imo the best of the best, but identical to sapphire usually)
    Sapphire
    Asus


    this new Force3D looks like the old days of Built By ATI, Hear a lot good things about the quality of them also.

    Here is my cards in order to the list above.
    BBA ,own a 9600xt Still working had the Half Life 2 voucher,Also a X850xt flashed bios to the XT PE still working,Also own a AtI x386 4 meg ISA card in my 486 that still works and was made in 94:)
    Sapphire own 1 card an X800 pro with 12 pipes non flashed (wont flash cut bridge days)And is in my Linux computer
    ASUS well still working in my current machine,Only bought it becuase of the package that came with it.IE the Black Box.forgot to say it is the 2900Xt

    Just by the one that will suite your needs,Right now some stores sell cards like the ones from Palit for about $15-$20 dollars cheaper then say Sapphire,That is based off the 4870 cards.
     
  17. g35x

    g35x Hellhound Pilot

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    Sapphire!

    I have had 3 Sapphire ATI cards and none of them have ever had any problems whatsoever.
    x1650, x1950gt, and now my HD4850.
     
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    Burdokva New Member

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    I've been using ATi cards since switching from integrated cards back in the late 90's and luckily I've never had a faulty one. I think the best were ATi's own Rage and Rage 128ViVo. After that I got a Gygabite 9250ViVo. Worked flawlessly, and still does. It's a very quiet and cool card.
    My current GPU is a Sapphire x1650PRO and it's the hottest of the bunch, the cooler just isn't powerfull enough (I can't get it to work under 65C idle). Otherwise it's a great, powerful card and I don't have any problems with it.
    If ASUS's cards can be judged by their motherboards, they should also be great.

    I'm looking forward to the HD4850, either the Toxic by Sapphire or a Zalman-cooled Gygabite version. Shouldn't be any problem with either of those brands.
     
  20. Heraklitus

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    I'll be the voice of dissent--I've been REALLY unhappy with Sapphire. I've found their support to really unhelpful, mildly argumentative, and generally unwilling to do what's necessary to help resolve my issues.

    But that might just be me I suppose. :)
     

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