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Originally Posted by ArchieGriffs View Post

What? ASUS and MSI are both doing it now? That's terrible. Clearly they think the thermal paste/screws are worth more than the card. Can't really boycott when everyone is doing it >_<. I don't think there's a single good manufacturer for a non reference card.

@ the OP
Either wait for the MSI lightning and deal with the stickers and don't ever put a water cooler on it/change the paste before the warranty runs out, or get the Tri-X as it doesn't have stickers. As far as customer service goes/RMAs, I really don't have any first hand experience with any of them, especially with Sapphire since my current card has yet to break. I would google something along the lines of "which gpu manfacturer has the best customer service" and get more people's opinions than ours.

When are you planning on purchasing your card? If it's within the next month, get the Tri-X. If you can wait for a month, get the non reference power cooler card, MSI lightning, Sapphire toxic (if they have it out by then), or the ASUS matrix. All four of these will be good cards, sapphire looks to be the only one that doesn't put stickers, maybe power cooler too.

Yeah I just happened to go and check newegg and all the picks of them have the stickers on the screws. What the hell happend with this generation of cards? Gigabyte doesn't though, I have a 290XOC as well and it doesnt have any stickers over the screws but that doesnt seem to be an option for the op.
 
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post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by nagle3092 View Post

Yeah I just happened to go and check newegg and all the picks of them have the stickers on the screws. What the hell happend with this generation of cards? Gigabyte doesn't though, I have a 290XOC as well and it doesnt have any stickers over the screws but that doesnt seem to be an option for the op.
I've heard several times that the Tri-X doesn't, I would assume the windforce doesn't either, but of the two the Tri-X is much cooler and quieter, but the windforce has a longer warranty. I wonder if the reference cards are different though, I need to look at all the photos, you can kind of see the stickers in the pictures, but they're the same color as the screws so it's a bit difficult.
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At this point is it probably best to wait for the Matrix, Toxic, or Lightning to show up. Otherwise, the Tri-X seems to be best of the current lot.




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why is nobody mentioning XFX? is this not a beast card?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150697
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why is nobody mentioning XFX? is this not a beast card?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150697
Most XFX cards since the 7000 series have been pretty garbage.

They have little to no VRM and VRAM cooling which leads to lower overclocking potential and shorter lifespan. The cooler design in general is pretty poor, they are louder and hotter than competitors' cards like the MSI Gaming, Asus DirectCU II etc.
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