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Lots of money, sold my 7800 GTX 256 and unused 939 motherboard for £300, so I want to get an XTX.

I'm not going to wait for the 7900, so please don't recommended.

However, I can't find any reviews of branded X1900XTXs. What's the difference? I know nothing about ATI brands, so I don't know which one is generally recommended. I figured Sapphire, but if there are any reviews/recommendations, please tell me!

Thanks.
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All the cards themselves are identical at the moment. The partners are just distributing them and are all manufactured by ATI. Also, the ATI partners don't offer any lifetime warranties like Evga do for Nvidia so it really is a case of getting the cheapest one available.

Have you considered the XT as well as it's quite a bit cheaper than the XTX?
The XTX cards have been overclocking a bit better than the XTs, but you're only talking 20Mhz or so here and there and apart from this the cards have identical specs.
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Agreed, go XT, get some better cooling, and take it up to XTX speeds.

As for different brands, they don't vary as much as nvidia brands...HIS, Sapphire, even powercolor are all good brands.
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All the cards themselves are identical at the moment. The partners are just distributing them and are all manufactured by ATI. Also, the ATI partners don't offer any lifetime warranties like Evga do for Nvidia so it really is a case of getting the cheapest one available.

Have you considered the XT as well as it's quite a bit cheaper than the XTX?
The XTX cards have been overclocking a bit better than the XTs, but you're only talking 20Mhz or so here and there and apart from this the cards have identical specs.
Actually, aren't the XT using 1.3 ns memory and the XTX using 1.1 ns? Also, I haven't looked into pricing, what's the current price difference between XT and XTX?
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According to Froogle this Sapphire is the cheapest XT at £359
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Actually, aren't the XT using 1.3 ns memory and the XTX using 1.1 ns? Also, I haven't looked into pricing, what's the current price difference between XT and XTX?
Not sure about US prices, but it's around £100 difference in the UK.
The XTs come with at least 1.2ns ram as opposed to the XTXs 1.1ns ram. However, all the first batch of XTs seem to have come with 1.1ns ram. How long that will continue for though I don't know.
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XTX have better memory for overclock (stock speeds are already 100mhz faster) and their cores are binned for better overclocks as well, if you got the money and your lookin for the best, thats the only way to go.

Myself I would get the XT if I waslookin at this price range, just cause I'm a cheap bastard.
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These aren't bad point, but I'm still wondering if it's worth 'risking' a worse card. Sure, it's very possibly able to perform like an XTX, but I hate overclocking Radeons, and a nice simple person like me would rather just get a more practical card =P

Currently, I can find a Sapphire XTX for £417 including VAT, which is not bad. Although yes, it is quite a bit more expensive than the XT - but it performs better, so in the -long run-, would it make more sense?

See, my dilemma is that I will probably throw it away long before it becomes obsolete, so damnit I really don't know which one to get. HOWEVER, you're saying that all ATI cards are exactly the same, be they Asus, Radeon, Club3D, Sapphire etc?
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These aren't bad point, but I'm still wondering if it's worth 'risking' a worse card. Sure, it's very possibly able to perform like an XTX, but I hate overclocking Radeons, and a nice simple person like me would rather just get a more practical card =P

Currently, I can find a Sapphire XTX for £417 including VAT, which is not bad. Although yes, it is quite a bit more expensive than the XT - but it performs better, so in the -long run-, would it make more sense?

See, my dilemma is that I will probably throw it away long before it becomes obsolete, so damnit I really don't know which one to get. HOWEVER, you're saying that all ATI cards are exactly the same, be they Asus, Radeon, Club3D, Sapphire etc?
Only you can decide if the extra cost is worth it to you. It's probably worth noting that I flashed my XT to an XTX. Took 2 mins and now performs exactly the same as an XTX, at stock.

Not all ATI cards are the same from different manufacturers, but currently all the x1900xts are the same cards just in different boxes. Similarly for the xtx range.
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You know Ste, you're probably right. I'll get an XT. That extra money could be used to buy something... er.. useful.. maybe a second fan controller.. or a PSU.. which I won't need because I won't have the power consumption of the XTX. =P

Aright, XT. Which XT to get, then? ^.^

Seriously though, any reviews saying anything? I can't see any difference, they all seriously the same?
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