Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by de.das.dude, Sep 10, 2010.
Choose based on performance, cost, availability, longevity, and after-sales service.
Evga , although I've to say that after sales services really suck nowadays. actually if you don't change your videocard's cooler than it doesn't matter which manufacturer you choose.
I have to agree with mudkip.... a poll would have been a good call here
a poll takes time... i didnt know that the TPU posts before a post is complete !!
You forgot VTX
They all come out with crap to be fair, but I do like Asus high end stuff, they're 4890 with super ML cap and custom heatsink with dual fans was amazing.
So my vote goes on " who evers doing the best at the time"
there are simply too many to remember.
some one fix the motherboard poll
BFG just went under so they shouldn't even be on the list. That's also a reminder of how worthless lifetime warranties are; because the retail hardware business is brutally competitive with small margins most companies will not be around for anything close to a lifetime.
Having said that my favorite manufacturer was ATI when they sold cards directly.
BFG- is gone.
I got a galaxy GTX 470 that benches 840Mhz core?
Galaxy is solid stuff, not even on the list here?
So far, Galaxy has over-proved me beyond evga actually.
i picked evga, i would have picked xfx but I have just seen the quality of their rma service decreasing as of lately, they were my number 1 about 3 years ago lately they have gotten ttight.
build quality - eVGA
service - gigabyte
build quality - sapphire
service - powercolor
that said I haven't fond one manufacturer that's awsome at build quality AND service or at least decently balanced between the two. eVGA horrible service and dumb product registration rules yet I've never really needed to use it. Sapphire charges for rma and it takes forever, yet again never needed to use it.
gigabyte always a delight to work with, yet have had to rma several cards same goes with powercolor.
the only one that was well balanced for me was when you could buy a built by ati back in the day. sapphire build quality paired with ati service, was nice.
Never had a problem with any company. I look for price first but if i had to pick. Evga for Nvidia and Sapphire on the AMD side.
I generally buy whatever is cheap and works well at the time. I do look at well known brands for different types of cards. I always buy EVGA for Nvidia, and Sapphire for ATI, but I have been known to stray. Also, anyone who voted BFG is a total retard, didn't they go bankrupt and not accept RMA's from customers?
I'm happy with Sapphire, no problems so far and I'll continue to use them unless I have problems with customer support.
xfx and evga are the best, they don't brake and you can put a aftermarket cooler or waterblock on it, i they don't care, great warranty and service, even with evga you can rma a mootherboard with bended socket pins, and still make the board
Definitely not XFX.
RMA service I got from XFX was excellent. I was a little worried when I researched the process online, but my experience was perfectly fine.
I wouldn't say one is better than the rest just some are not as good, i know that's kinda contradictory but think BFG, EVGA or ASUS ect they are all pretty good but there are just some manufacturers that have bad customer services or pretty plain cards.
So its like all these card manufacturers are the same then there are some below those.
That's exactly what i was thinking LOL.
I have used EVGA, XFX, Visiontek, BFG, MSI and they all were are great imo. EVGA does offer bit more in terms of ''content'', as they will let you download games for free just by picking up one of there cards, which i think is awesome.
Though i think they all have there up's and downs in different areas, but generally you can't go wrong with any of those brands.
Whatever is cheapest. Checking the net is going to get you both glowing praise and intense hate for any company, just like hard drives. Warranty only matters just so much. Like others pointed out with the BFG adventure, Lifetime only gets you so far, and, honestly, how long do you intend to rely on your card? I currently have myself down for a Palit(cheapest on newegg ATM), which has 2 years. Good enough for me.
My influencing factors when choosing the "best graphics cards manufacturer" would be:
1. Quality of components the manufacturer uses/is known to use,
2. RMA procedure quality and offered warranty lengths,
3. The manufacturer, for me, must do a range of cards that has super-duper-cooling like the Vapor-X or something similar. I like cool-ness.
I'm not going to disclose who I think is the best, as I don't know myself.
But work out your favourite from a list of preferences; like what I've done above; so you can buy your next card with a VERY good idea of what you want.
EVGA with the ubeatable support fast RMA section.
And the guarantee covers damage from watercooling.
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