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Out of these two cards...which one would you buy?

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Hi Guys,

Two weeks until I order my new system and I'm a little stuck on what brand of graphics card to buy. I was going to go the XFX, until I saw the cheaper 'overclocked' Gigabyte which looks quite nice.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_934&products_id=13811 - Link to the Gigabyte card

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_934&products_id=13056 - Link to the XFX card

I've read some reviews and the Gigabyte card seems to do quite well....but I don't know if I really trust the name of Gigabyte when it comes to graphics cards as I can hardly trust their motherboards...:wtf:

Anywho, does anyone own these cards? If so, any advice would be great!

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I will get the XFX.
Reference = check
XFX= check
NOT "UD" = check

Edit: yes reference also = voltage control
 
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XFX because it will have voltage control
 
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Thanks for the replies guys. I needed to know for sure if the XFX card was worth it, so know I do. Knew I could count on TPU..Haha
 

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Not too sure if XFX offers excellent warranty Down Under, but I will still get the XFX version
 
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XFX. Look at the fans on that gigabyte. There are 2 fans on it and the hot air gets blown into the case whereas the XFX should blow it right outside. That alone is what would weigh my decision. XFX has a good warranty too ;)
 
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The XFX ...becuase of warranty and better overclocking potential as it is a reference board;)
 
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I will get the XFX.
Reference = check
XFX= check
NOT "UD" = check

Edit: yes reference also = voltage control
XFX does have the double lifetime warranty in Australia, but the Gig is 3 years and I don't think most enthusiasts would keep a card longer than that anyway. You can control the voltage via the Gigabyte OC utility. "Ultra Durable" isn't a minus either - its one of the things that sold me on my card. The only reason I could see for getting the XFX is if you have a case with poor ventilation.
 
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XFX does have the double lifetime warranty in Australia, but the Gig is 3 years and I don't think most enthusiasts would keep a card longer than that anyway. You can control the voltage via the Gigabyte OC utility. "Ultra Durable" isn't a minus either - its one of the things that sold me on my card. The only reason I could see for getting the XFX is if you have a case with poor ventilation.
The "Ultra Durable" bios is a minus, Gigabyte have problems with poorly coded bios and many of these cards either don't clock down, or don't clock down as low as the reference cards can.
 

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XFX, or Powercolor
 
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My apologies. I had no idea there was such a long and detailed thread about the Gigabyte model in these forums spelling out its issues.
 
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XFX does have the double lifetime warranty in Australia, but the Gig is 3 years and I don't think most enthusiasts would keep a card longer than that anyway. You can control the voltage via the Gigabyte OC utility. "Ultra Durable" isn't a minus either - its one of the things that sold me on my card. The only reason I could see for getting the XFX is if you have a case with poor ventilation.
I may be wrong, as this has been know to happen on occasions, but I believe the XFX warranty only covers North America.

Quote from their site:
"*Double Lifetime Protection only available in North America (United States and Canada). Applies to select graphics cards products only. Restrictions and qualifications may vary based on state or region. See XFX Support section for more details on the Limited Warranty for XFX-branded products in North America. Warranty terms for other regions vary."
:confused:

Back on topic> I'd still go for the XFX card.:)
 

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