Originally Posted by SoloCamo
Stay away from reference cards unless you plan to watercool or use headphones and ramp the fan speed up.
I've had good luck with XFX but last card I used from them was a 7970Ghz Edition. Reviews were pretty mediocre for the card but I got lucky and it was rock solid and overclocked past the average card across all brands. I've been using Sapphire and Powercolor since. Come to think of it, I really haven't had issue with any of them so like always YMMV.
If you plan to flash, can't go wrong with a 5700 at $299.99. Keep in mind as well, now that AMD is off the GCN architecture (Vega 56/64 and Radeon 7 are the last cards on it) RDNA is the focus and 5700 and newer cards will pull away more year after year simply due to driver focus. The whole 'amd finewine' thing lasted so long because GCN was used on so many products so older models continued to get optimizations. RDNA will be like this so at this point in time, even as an oc'ed Vega64 owner I can't really recommend the cards unless you get an absolutely awesome deal.
I had to warranty 2 xfx cards over the years and they were simply great to work with. With my Polaris cards they were also always the coolest, quietest and best overclocking cards (went through a bunch of them buying and selling old mining cards as I worked my way up to a 580)
This has been another point bouncing around my head. Seeing as the next gen consoles will be using Navi it means it will basically be with us for the next decade in some form or another.
So it kind of figures that it will hold up well over the long run. Just a big investment up front.
If I got a vega 56 the left over money would almost allow me to get a 1440p monitor if I sold my current one, but then I don't have enough power to really run it properly. Sadly short of something breaking, my computer budget is basically drained for the foreseeable future. Basically the last $300 I have to spend on it lol.
If anyone spots a great deal on a Vega 56, I would love a heads up. Figure I will stalk them for the time being and if I find something it was meant to happen, if not then I was meant to get the 5700.