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post #21 of 83
Now if only HIS would release one of those big boys with a IceQ 4 cooler (Hey, we can always dream right?)

I don't think Sapphire cards are meant to be overclocked unless they have been factory overclocked (Toxic watercooled) They are most certainly reducing the quality of the components to make them more affordable. But if you don't push them too high there shouldn't be any problem...
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Damn! Is that the First Non-Dual Core GPU with 1GB alone? Awesome!
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post #23 of 83
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Yup. Sapphire makes the GPU's for ATI. This guy is telling us Sapphire is the worst ATI brand ever...hello! they make the damn gpu's for ATI!

Sapphire does not make the GPUs. They simply stick the GPU and memory into the reference PCB and repackage the card.
All my ATI cards have been Sapphire cards, except for a Powercolor 9600pro and a Connect3D x800gto. They have all (and still are) performed wonderfully, except for my dead x850xtpe, but that was my fault (I knocked out a few transistors while I was fitting an aftermarket cooler). My current card i a Sapphire too, and it kicks ass.
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post #24 of 83
Crap, I forgot to add that while I have not had the greatest luck with Sapphire, I would still readily take one over anything from Diamond. Now if only HIS or MSI would produce them. Just waiting to see how these compare to the 512's, and if there is as much jump between them as the GTS to the GTX I will buy one. Otherwise the 512mb looks to be my next graphics card.
post #25 of 83
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Originally Posted by SAVAGE!!! View Post
Meh... It is the same as the 512, just more memory.
Many things have been changes just not much.
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Sapphire does not make the GPUs. They simply stick the GPU and memory into the reference PCB and repackage the card.
All my ATI cards have been Sapphire cards, except for a Powercolor 9600pro and a Connect3D x800gto. They have all (and still are) performed wonderfully, except for my dead x850xtpe, but that was my fault (I knocked out a few transistors while I was fitting an aftermarket cooler). My current card i a Sapphire too, and it kicks ass.
I remember reading an article of how Sapphire manufactored the gpu's for ATI, I guess they are just ATI's partner....that's why they have that "Powered by ATI" instead of "Built by ATI".
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post #27 of 83
Just putting it out there, Sapphire is the manufacturer of standard ATi cards and they use the standard layouts and they are the same thing is an ATi brand card.
    
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Originally Posted by Wheezy Baby View Post
Just putting it out there, Sapphire is the manufacturer of standard ATi cards and they use the standard layouts and they are the same thing is an ATi brand card.
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PC Partner is the manufacturer which produces some 60-70% of all ATi Technologies' discrete graphics cards and mainboards. And with ATi's relatively recent new found lease of life - which ATi claims has rocketed it to the number one position in terms of discrete graphics sales - and as its most significant manufacturing ally, PC Partner is clearly a major player on the move.
The article is old, but I can't imagine too much has changed, otherwise I'd have found that too.
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post #29 of 83
Yay?

Does the GTX still beat it? Or is it cuz of drivers?
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Gaming, of course is the Mach V's forte. I'm not sure if I'm getting tired of saying it, but again the newest Mach V tops our 3D gaming tests. What's notable this time is that the Mach V achieves those scores in Windows Vista. The latest Mach V breaks the 16,000 barrier at 3DMark06 (16,660, at 1,280-by-1,024 resolution), and absolutely smokes the 710 H2C and the previous Mach V (GeForce 8800 GTX SLI-powered) at both our test games, Prey and Company of Heroes. Even at 2,560-by-1,600 (native resolution for a 30-inch widescreen panel) both Prey (107 fps) and Company of Heroes (84 fps) have fluid and stutter-free animation. The Dell and the GeForce-powered Mach V both had Company of Heroes scores under 40fps (smooth, but with occasional stutters). Again, Falcon Northwest (and AMD/ATI) has released a system that blows the doors off the benchmarks, so I'll have to go shopping for new benchmark tests sooner rather than later.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2147064,00.asp

Dont get carried away by the above please. It's on a review of a Falcon PC with Crossfired XT's that "blew the doors off benchmarks".

I'm inclined to say that the XT is tons better than mostly everything we've been hearing about it.

And here are some scores from PC Magainze.

http://www.pcmag.com/image_popup/0,1...=178344,00.asp

If you don't feel like clicking the link, all you need to know is the SLI'd GTXs got destroyed. And remember, this is under Vista.
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