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Like the title says, I was wondering if there is a major difference between the different brands that sell ATI cards?

I plan on buying two,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150521

However it doesn't say 'crossfire ready' anywhere on that page while other cards do. Is that a possible difference, can I still crossfire them?

Any and all input is appreciated.


Edit: I found the crossfire support.
    
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Yes you can still crossfire them.

The differences between companies are customer support, RMA service, and if it's a non-reference card how well they make it.

XFX is pretty bad with their customer support so I would stay away from them. Buy something from Asus, Sapphire, MSI.
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XFX, Sapphire, Gigabyte, ASUS. All safe brands. Just stay away from Diamond or Visiontek and you'll be fine.
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post #4 of 41
XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

It sure does support Crossfire.
What resolution will you be running it on?
I try to avoid XFX with their horrid customer support. There are many nightmare stories of OCN members dealing with RMA support.
I suggest getting ASUS or Sapphire with AMD cards.
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XFX tends to be somewhat of a polarizing brand. You'll get very different opinions on it when it comes to their RMA and customer support. That said, they're pretty popular and you'll find plenty of owners saying they've never had any issues whatsoever.

Overall, ASUS, MSI, Sapphire, and GIGABYTE are pretty solid choices to go with. For around that budget, I'd recommend this one.
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I like xfx because my very first high end ATI card was xfx. Plus I hear the warranty is delish.

Yes I did find the xfire support. I was being dumb and not looking in the obvious position.

Ill be running this on a 19" 1400 x 900 monitor, until I can get a bigger desk that can support a larger monitor. (Which is in a few months)

I'm also not worried about cooling, in (roughly 8 months) I will be setting up my first water cooling loop... In which case it will cool the gpus.
    
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Personally I will buy only from Sapphire simply because when their cards go on sale their on sale for real and not a mail in rebate. They also make great cards.

With XFX all the rebates I see are mail in and I have personally never received a mail in rebate back in my life. They just want your money now and maybe honour the rebate later.
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Originally Posted by prognxt View Post
I like xfx because my very first high end ATI card was xfx. Plus I hear the warranty is delish.

Yes I did find the xfire support. I was being dumb and not looking in the obvious position.

Ill be running this on a 19" 1400 x 900 monitor, until I can get a bigger desk that can support a larger monitor. (Which is in a few months)

I'm also not worried about cooling, in (roughly 8 months) I will be setting up my first water cooling loop... In which case it will cool the gpus.
I would just get a 6970 or a GTX 570. I don't like crossfire.
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I would go with the HIS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161369

Better warranty overall as they send you a new card back when you RMA.
I would have recommended ASUS but I am now on my 5th time sending a 4850 back to them to get replaced.

After hearing that a person has been trying to get a card back from XFX for over 500 days now I would avoid them.
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XFX, Sapphire, Gigabyte, ASUS. All safe brands. Just stay away from Diamond or Visiontek and you'll be fine.
, but diamnd and visiontek are the nicest looking
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