Originally Posted by Iscaria
I think if you're looking for longevity with the 480 your best bet is an AIB. I see the reference models as either a short term solution or budget option. If I were keeping this card for years like I did with my 6870 I would definitely go with the Sapphire Nitro, but I'm just waiting for Vega.
You are correct, I think the added cooling and power on the aib cards will definitely prolong their life..
The reference Sapphire rx480 I ordered was going into a secondary machine that I leave on 24/7.. I actually think I might just return the 480.. After hearing the pcie power issue come up I cant rely on an amd product anymore.. I had problems when I decided to put a Sapphire Nitro Fury in my new I5-6600k rig, the first Fury was doa, had to return it and the second one has had driver issues one after another the entire time I've owned it.. I am just not in the mood to mess with amd's shortcomings and incompetence nowadays....
I ordered the 480 prior to knowing of the pcie overvolt issue, its on fedex now in transit, yesterday I went ahead and ordered a Zotac 1070 amp edition, it will go in my new machine, I'll pull the Sapphire Fury out and sell it, and the r9-290 out of my old rig and sell it... I also have a hd6850 I'll sell for whatever I can get out of it... See if I can scrounge up enough to buy a zotac or gigabyte 1080, or just wait for a 1080ti.
This new amd is not like the amd of old, I just dont trust them anymore.Edited by danjal - 7/2/16 at 11:12pm