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Hello, I'm looking to purchase a 6990 but based on reviews people seem to be having trouble getting a good card. So which manufacturer should I buy from and which site? I periodically check newegg, however the brands that they have in stock are always changing and gigabyte is always out of stock. Any advice? Thanks!
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The 6990s made by ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and even HIS would be worth buying. I too have noticed that less brands are being stocked.
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Thanks for the info! What are your opinions on sapphire? It seems that they are easily found compared to other brands.
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Originally Posted by Mysterio2004173 View Post

Thanks for the info! What are your opinions on sapphire? It seems that they are easily found compared to other brands.

I know that a lot of people buy Sapphire cards but at the same time people do not trust Sapphire when their cards sometimes kick the bucket after a few months. I've also read one or two stories about loopholes in the warranty where Sapphire sometimes declares that unrelated pre-existing damage can void the warranty. For a 6990 you should buy from the best manufacturers which are ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte.
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It's all in a matter of opinion, The best cards I have always owned were Sapphires, Gigabyte had to be the worst I owned (5970's,6970). XFX have lovely lifetime warranties BUT Ive heard horror stories and the XFX I owned was absolute garbage in terms of stability even at stock (4890) MSi are on a roll and are suppose to be good. I never owned an MSi card but would consider one in the future.

Sapphires, for me have always been the best and most reliable cards I have owned. Plus they're ATi/AMD's largest supplier and have been with them the longest too.

I have never had any of my sapphire cards die on me, the oldest Sapphire I still have running is my old 3870 running in my home theater PC, and to this day it still runs like a champ. (since 07')

I usually end up selling my cards and replace them with newer ones. But I always try to go for the sapphire models. (Currently waiting on my Sapphire 6990 thumb.gif)

Some motivation for you:
http://www.digital-daily.com/editorial/sapphire_ati/
http://hexus.net/tech/press-releases/graphics/4121-sapphire-stays-embedded-ati/
Edited by Kosai - 11/29/11 at 9:49pm
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Sapphire, HIS, MSI, and ASUS are what I'll consider when buying AMD GPU. I would stay away from XFX though, lifetime warranty is good but the quality from them is always a level behind others.
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I don't think quality is of concern as they all are reference design. Only warranty period varies from one brand to the others.

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Personally it does matter which card I would buy, I have tried most of them and to be honest you can't beat MSI. The MSI 6990 has this over the others:

- All Solid Capacitors
- 10 years ultra-long lifetime (under full load)
- Known for lower temperatures and higher efficiency
- Aluminum core, no risk of explosion
- GPU over-voltage function

I'd definitely go for that one smile.gif
    
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Originally Posted by Milamber View Post

Personally it does matter which card I would buy, I have tried most of them and to be honest you can't beat MSI. The MSI 6990 has this over the others:

- All Solid Capacitors
- 10 years ultra-long lifetime (under full load)
- Known for lower temperatures and higher efficiency
- Aluminum core, no risk of explosion
- GPU over-voltage function

I'd definitely go for that one smile.gif


I am not sure about that as all reference design must stick and adhere to AMD approved original design.

 

Could it be that MSI published that data that others don't but actually they are all using the same exact components?

 

Is there anywhere to find that out?

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