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Originally Posted by ChielScape View Post
the only cards i had die on me are ATI's. i wont trust them untill they prove otherwise. However, i will probably give 2 5870X2's a chance to do so in my future Nehalem rig.
I would also prefer not to be called retarded nor lame. A card should not die from being in use. Especially not after just 4 years, stock, in a well ventillated case. I ordered a Geforce 8400GS to replace it, and expect it to last like my GeForce 4 is still doing after more than 6 years in a non-ventillated case.
It's like how i'll never buy a Maxtor anymore after several died, in favor of Seagate.
Either way, events have proven my trust right time after time.
The only ATi card that I've ever had go bad on me was an X800XT out of Sapphire's first batch to Newegg. It ran beautifully for twelve hours and then winked out. The X800XT from Connect3D that replaced it a few months later is still running. It's had two different coolers, been swapped into more than half a dozen different rigs and is currently powering a cousins internet box. I'd have to take a hammer to it to kill it. My uncle's Sapphire X800XT is the same story. My mother's internet box is still running an Athlon k-7 800mhz with an ATi Radeon 7200, both parts being upgrades that I installed after the warranty had expired from a rig that I was scrapping.

I've had two Nvidia cards die on me, a 7900GT and a 6800GT. The 7900GT was completely my fault, as I overtightened the waterblock reseating it. The 6800GT on the other hand was always run completely stock, and had to be replaced twice by BFG. I had a Gainward Geforce 5700 burn it's stock cooling fan and still work. In fact I didn't discover the dead fan until I went to replace it with the X800XT, so I have no idea how long it had been like that. One Tt Orb later and it ran better than ever for a few months until Newegg could get a new batch of X800XT's.

Here's a list of all of the graphics cards that i've owned:

Spider 64 2mb(2d S3 chip)

Added a Voodoo to that one year later.

Replaced the Spider with a Riva 128.

Replaced both of them with a Voodoo Banshee.

Back from boot I bought a Voodoo 3.

Replaced that with a Geforce 2 32mb.

That got replaced with Ati 7200, which was later replaced with the Gainward 5700.

Th gainward gave way to the X800XT, which gave to the 7900GT, which was replaced with my current 2900XT which has been augmented with a 2900Pro that now thinks that it's a 2900XT thanks to a bios flash. And I still wish that I had instead gone with an 8800GTX and the A8N32 instead of the A8R32, but hey live and learn.



Now what to make of all of this? Simple, electronics die, and often quite randomly. Brand loyalty is for chumps.
Edited by Jarhead - 7/8/08 at 1:56pm
post #52 of 57
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Originally Posted by ChielScape View Post
the only cards i had die on me are ATI's. i wont trust them untill they prove otherwise. However, i will probably give 2 5870X2's a chance to do so in my future Nehalem rig.
I would also prefer not to be called retarded nor lame. A card should not die from being in use. Especially not after just 4 years, stock, in a well ventillated case. I ordered a Geforce 8400GS to replace it, and expect it to last like my GeForce 4 is still doing after more than 6 years in a non-ventillated case.
It's like how i'll never buy a Maxtor anymore after several died, in favor of Seagate.
Either way, events have proven my trust right time after time.
dude you have to understand that not 1 companie is perfect. even Nvidia cards die randomly too, but we don't just stop buying Ati because 1 member has a bad experience, thats just dumb. why don't i just put in my sig my Nvidia 7950GT died randomly..never trust an Nvidia card... that really is just retarded
    
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dude you have to understand that not 1 companie is perfect. even Nvidia cards die randomly too, but we don't just stop buying Ati because 1 member has a bad experience, thats just dumb. why don't i just put in my sig my Nvidia 7950GT died randomly..never trust an Nvidia card... that really is just retarded
I'll 1-up you there (see sig)
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Well, true, point taken. But I don't really pay attention to the low end all that much. That would be good for building a budget PC, but not many of us do that, do we?

The fact that killer performance cards can be had at any price point $200 and up is pretty amazing. I don't recall that being the case the last time I built a rig. I paid $400 for my spankin' new 6800GT way back when, and at the time I don't recall there being anything in the $300-and-lower price range that I considered a viable alternative considering the games I wanted to run.
You hit the nail right on the head. We are so lucky In this modern GPU age when It comes to choice.
    
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I think my money will be going toward this if it performs approximental like 2x 4850 in Crossfire. I don't have a Crossfire board so this is ideal. Though with the 4000 series running pretty hot what kind of aftermarket coolers could even be used.
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They aren't hot when you turn the fan on, the current drivers don't support fan speed, so it stays at about 20% no matter what, if you bump that up to 40% the temps drop by almost 30ºC
    
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i think most people would get this 4850x2
it is cheaper than a GTX280, but a lot faster
    
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