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MSI Lightning cards are, in my experience, the best cards available. Not only do they blow the competition away in subzero, they also have a serial-based warranty. They don't have to be registered and anyone who owns the card in it's warrantied lifetime can get a no-questions-asked RMA.

Asus seems to have been having horrible troubles with their RMA department recently so I'm very wary of them.

EVGA has a great program with available step-up and with customer service in general. However, the requirement to register a card and single-user warranty is quite archaic. Additionally, they charge much more than the competition for their cards. Remember how much the 680 Classified was? Like $800 or something after you purchase an Evbot... 680 Lightning? $650 at release, if I recall. EVGA is a good AIB to go with if you want a stock-cooled, stock-clocked card and you don't ever plan to sell it.


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im looking at a tracking # for my Xpower sample...  

I hate you....only slightly
 
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post #63 of 107
I was talking about MORE THAN just the quality of the cards.

The reason I listed Sapphire and MSI lower than EVGA is because EVGA has an unmatched warranty, along with their innovations, and ASUS does a ridiculous job with their DCUII

I prefer the MSI's myself over ASUS too, and like I said I own 2 Sapphire's

For everyone it's different, I was just saying my own opinion. In fact, my opinion of MSI has gone up a ton lately. MSI is right under EVGA imo.

Also, I was talking bout video cards. EVGA might have great cards, but their mobos are not nearly as good as their cards for example. So when you're saying you don't like ASUS mobos as much, that wasn't what I was talking about, I was referring specifically to the graphics cards.

You guys can go replace the top tier with PowerColor, Diamond, and Galaxy if you want xD rolleyes.gif
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Uhhh, in terms of class, for video cards, there is no debate about this

EVGA, ASUS - top tier

Sapphire, MSI, Gigabyte - 2nd tier

HIS, XFX - 3rd tier

etc etc

Sapphire and MSI make good cards, I've owned a Sapphire 5770 and 6950, but they are not in the class of EVGA and ASUS when it comes to warranties, aftermarket coolers, higher quality components

MSI is close in terms of the components, but ASUS and EVGA are definitely higher up than MSI

Having said that, all of the companies in the 1st 4 tier's make great cards

Now what I'm wondering is, what's up with all these recent companies like Gainward, and the few others that have been popping up.

Im really interested in who's affiliated with the diff companies and all.

No debate eh? Your list is hilarious.

EVGA makes average hardware that's overpriced for what you get. Pretty much all non reference high end ASUS cards last gen were garbage. The 670/680 TOP as well as the 7950/7970 DCUII/Matrix were some of the worst cards you could possibly get.

MSI on the other hand consistently releases solid cards with high quality components, and the Lightning is the best model for any high end card. The TFIV cooler is even better than the DCUII despite being a 2 slot cooler vs a 3 slot cooler.

HIS also makes some of the best AMD cards available. Their standard IceQ cooler is significantly better than other reference blowers, and the IceQ X2 is probably the best 7950/7970 model you can still buy today (besides the MSI Lightning).
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I am stalking you till you give me pics....
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I was talking about MORE THAN just the quality of the cards.

The reason I listed Sapphire and MSI lower than EVGA is because EVGA has an unmatched warranty, along with their innovations, and ASUS does a ridiculous job with their DCUII

I prefer the MSI's myself over ASUS too, and like I said I own 2 Sapphire's

For everyone it's different, I was just saying my own opinion. In fact, my opinion of MSI has gone up a ton lately. MSI is right under EVGA imo.

Also, I was talking bout video cards. EVGA might have great cards, but their mobos are not nearly as good as their cards for example. So when you're saying you don't like ASUS mobos as much, that wasn't what I was talking about, I was referring specifically to the graphics cards.

You guys can go replace the top tier with PowerColor, Diamond, and Galaxy if you want xD rolleyes.gif

EVGA's warranty isn't any better than any others ever since they did away with the lifetime warranty. The only reason EVGA was exceptional for warranty is the lifetime warranty. Many other manufacturers match EVGA in terms of warranty service.

And why are you talking about GPUs in a motherboard thread? If you were going to rank them, at least rank them on the relevant topic.
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I was talking about MORE THAN just the quality of the cards.

The reason I listed Sapphire and MSI lower than EVGA is because EVGA has an unmatched warranty, along with their innovations, and ASUS does a ridiculous job with their DCUII

I prefer the MSI's myself over ASUS too, and like I said I own 2 Sapphire's

For everyone it's different, I was just saying my own opinion. In fact, my opinion of MSI has gone up a ton lately. MSI is right under EVGA imo.

Also, I was talking bout video cards. EVGA might have great cards, but their mobos are not nearly as good as their cards for example. So when you're saying you don't like ASUS mobos as much, that wasn't what I was talking about, I was referring specifically to the graphics cards.

You guys can go replace the top tier with PowerColor, Diamond, and Galaxy if you want xD rolleyes.gif

But I thought it wasn't up for debate?

Just give it a rest. Powercolor make some of the best AMD cards along with HIS that produce the best performing AMD card in the current generation. Nothing worse than the biased and misinformed barking nonsense at people.
    
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Why the lame ass flame war on gpu's in a mobo thread... ? Do you noobs even read the OP before you start retorting to a post?
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The most expensive z87 motherboard! . Sadly we might not see full potential of this board, let alone any, duo to oc potential of haswel. Maybe ln2 might change that since heat is the major factor.
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