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Is a certain brand much better to you?

Poll Results: AMD manufacture Brand

 
  • 43% (10)
    Sapphire
  • 21% (5)
    ASUS
  • 26% (6)
    XFX
  • 0% (0)
    HIS
  • 4% (1)
    Gigabyte
  • 4% (1)
    Powercooler
23 Total Votes  
post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
The Radeon HD 7970 just released and XFX, Sapphire, and Asus all have the same reference model and pricing basically.

Which do you choose?

XFX - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150585

Sapphire - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102961

Asus - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121485


Could you also explain to me why you would choose that brand.
Edited by Drybones5 - 1/8/12 at 10:36pm
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post #2 of 22
I've been an Asus fanboy for awhile but I cannot stand smartdoctor and can't get anything else to play nice with my 6850 so I took the gamble and ordered the xfx with a lifetime warranty and possibly awful customer support. rolleyes.gif
I still probably would have ordered the Asus if it was still in stock when I got on.
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post #3 of 22
I'd go for the Sapphire
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post #4 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Drybones5 View Post

The Radeon HD 7970 just released and XFX, Sapphire, and Asus all have the same reference model and pricing basically.
Which do you choose?
XFX - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150585
Sapphire - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102961
Asus - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121485

xfx has a great warranty with iffy customer support, but when i go Radeon i usually choose them because of the warranty. same with a few of my friends, if the card dies and you need a new one, they either give you the same thing or better.

havnt had any experience with sapphire, or know anyone who has

i avoid asus like the plague, their customer support is such garbage theyll diddle around until they cant prove that your the reason you have faulty hardware, and i find their prices to be high for what they offer, their dcII cards are good, but still pretty high in price. only thing ill purchase from them is monitors, same 1080p 60hz monitors as everyone else just cheaper.
    
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post #5 of 22
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I've been an Asus fanboy for awhile but I cannot stand smartdoctor and can't get anything else to play nice with my 6850 so I took the gamble and ordered the xfx with a lifetime warranty and possibly awful customer support. rolleyes.gif
I still probably would have ordered the Asus if it was still in stock when I got on.

what is smartdoctor?
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post #6 of 22
I went with XFX because of their double lifetime warranty. Some say they are not easy to deal with, but I had no issues RMAing an 6950 I had that was faulty and getting it replaced.
post #7 of 22
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what is smartdoctor?

The god awful Asus overclocking utility
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post #8 of 22
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The god awful Asus overclocking utility

Is it possible to use the MSI afterburn utility instead btw?
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post #9 of 22
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I made a mistake guys and forgot MSI on the poll.
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post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Drybones5 View Post

Is it possible to use the MSI afterburn utility instead btw?

I'm talking out my ass to reference any other card, but for mine nothing else will work correctly. However I think the 69xx cards were a different story.
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