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Good GPU manufacturers?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by StarSolitude, 20 Sep 2009.

  1. StarSolitude


    Joined: 10 Sep 2009

    Posts: 299

    "Powercolor" "Sapphire" "Palit" etc... Many manufacturers, but which are the reputable ones, and which are the ones to stay away from?

    I've heard good things about Sapphire and XFX. Powercolor seems a bit cheap and tacky.
  2. gurusan


    Joined: 2 Sep 2006

    Posts: 13,489

    Location: Portland, OR

    Personally I've never given a hoot
  3. chaparral


    Joined: 27 Nov 2005

    Posts: 22,152

    Location: Guernsey (no lockdown)

    I normally go for the cheapest one now............

    No point in buying out lots more cash for the exact same card with just a different sticker on it...
    Last edited: 20 Sep 2009
  4. Richy1204


    Joined: 29 Jun 2009

    Posts: 708

    Location: West Sussex

    I agree on that :) probably good cards tho but there aways cheaper then others most of the time.

    Sapphire, XFX and ASUS all very good :)
  5. beefybarn


    Joined: 6 Jul 2008

    Posts: 3,746

    Location: Brighton

    Had all makes of cards over the years, no one manufacturer stands out though, i now tend to go for the cheapest unless i need quiet cooling then i look at whats around.
  6. samir_ansari


    Joined: 17 Sep 2009

    Posts: 527

    Location: London

    depends on how fussed you are about warantee aswell, bfg and evga are great for that i hear
  7. kylew


    Joined: 31 May 2007

    Posts: 10,739

    Location: Liverpool

    Cheapest card or the one with the warranty you like the best.

    All the GPUs are the same, they're made by TSMC and supplied to the manufacturer of cards that have to adhere to a specification.

    Plus, I'm sure Sapphire make a load of reference cards that are packaged up and sold as other brands.

    Or in simpler terms, Sapphire manufacturers cards, and 'lesser' companies box and label the cards with their own branding.
  8. Jimbo Mahoney


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,231

    I generally go for the cheapest card.

    Only problems I've ever had with this are that sometimes the cheapest card uses a non-reference design, which is more difficult to volt-mod since all the info is on the reference design.

    For most people, this will be a non issue though :p
  9. Scania


    Joined: 25 Nov 2004

    Posts: 24,521

    Location: On the road....

    From what I've read here & elsewhere recently, BFG's is the only door you need to knock on. ;)
  10. mdjmcnally

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 May 2004

    Posts: 1,598

    This has sadly been true for some time now. The only time you start to see any differentiation between the cards is when wanting to shift the last batch out the door as a new one is imminent.

    Look how long it took for the 4890 to start getting custom cards out the door. Only when everyone is expecting the 5870 to launch in a month or 2 and starts to put people off buying the existing tech do you start to get differences.
  11. dunker


    Joined: 16 Sep 2003

    Posts: 4,164

    Location: house

    yeah, shame the 260's arnt in stock anymore :(
  12. Monkeynut


    Joined: 7 Nov 2007

    Posts: 6,523

    Location: Cheshire

    Some of the very cheap brands have used really shoddy capacitors that kills the card after a year or two. :(
  13. El Jimben


    Joined: 24 Jul 2006

    Posts: 2,703

    Location: Essex

    +1, their RMA service is awesome and BFG cards tend to have a slightly higher resale value due to the warranty.
  14. Fireblade2K4

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Nov 2004

    Posts: 1,690

    Location: West Midlands

    Agreed ... only ever dealt with BFG regarding a graphics card RMA before and they were excellent, very efficient and speedy, top marks!

  15. gurusan


    Joined: 2 Sep 2006

    Posts: 13,489

    Location: Portland, OR

    Guys BFG have not been like that for awhile, they are very strict on their warranties now and they don't transfer.
  16. arc@css


    Joined: 8 Nov 2008

    Posts: 27,616

    Gigabyte, BFG, Visiontek, EVGA, Sapphire are examples of manufacturers that generally offer good rma support and service. There are others too.
  17. TAC4U


    Joined: 27 Jun 2009

    Posts: 791

    Location: Preston, UK

    I've never had a problem with cheaper companies like Powercolor or XFX, so I tend to go for them. I'd happily pay a bit more if I thought it was worth it but I really don't think there's much in it.
  18. Silent UK


    Joined: 11 Apr 2009

    Posts: 996

    Location: Leeds, UK

    I've always stuck with EvGA & BFG, both of which you pay alittle more for but if your planning on keeping the card for some time it worth it for the extra service if RMA is needed.
  19. C64


    Joined: 16 Mar 2007

    Posts: 12,728

    Location: London

    If I am going nvidia I get bfg, if I am going ati I get Gigabyte because both have UK rma's I don't want to support company's that cannot be bothered to have a uk rma centre.