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Von II

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#1 8 years ago

I'm not talking ATi/AMS or Nvidia, but your favourite re-seller? EVGA, BFG, Palit,...

Mine is Zotac, hands down. They have awesome good cards, for small money. Currently only Nvidia cards I believe, but I got a gts250, full dual-slot cooler with this case around it, you know what I mean, for 96€, and that was more than a year ago. It overclocks well, doesn't overheat and works perfectly, just like my uncle's single slot 9600gt from them.

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*Daedalus

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#2 8 years ago

I've wanted to buy an EVGA card for a while, because of all the great things I've heard about their warrenty support and customer care. For some reason though, all my cards so far have been MSI... nothing in particular for them, but they just seem to be the cheapest/best deal at the time that I'm looking I guess. My MSI 280 was champ. 720 core, didn't go above 70. I'm hoping to get my 480 to 900.

90% of what you're paying for those is warrenty and support. As far as I know a lot of the stuff is fabbed in the same place, regardless of manufaturer or brand.




Von II

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#3 8 years ago

Well, I haven't had any experience with Zotac customer support, but their site looks pretty good and I have participated in some gaming cups that they host.




kow_ciller

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#4 8 years ago

Asus/ MSI.




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#5 8 years ago

I've only ever owned one graphics card until now, and that was an EVGA 8800GT. The automatic fan control was broken from the start, so I had to manually adjust fan speed with RivaTuner. I never had to interact with customer support, since the card didn't die until over a year after the warranty ran out.

I've got a BFG GTS 250 OC edition on the way right now. I guess we'll see how it goes.




Von II

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#6 8 years ago

And oh, +1 point for Zotac for their overclocking tool which is simple and efficient.

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kow_ciller

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#7 8 years ago

noobst3R;5412255And oh, +1 point for Zotac for their overclocking tool which is simple and efficient.

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Maybe you should give afterburner a try instead. That looks mediocre at best. Pretty much every other company has a better OC utility than that o.O




Von II

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#8 8 years ago
kow_ciller;5412260Maybe you should give afterburner a try instead. That looks mediocre at best. Pretty much every other company has a better OC utility than that o.O

I had nothing but trouble with Rivatuner and the sorts, this does the job fine, at least for me, and it's good for other people who are new to overclocking or so.




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#9 8 years ago
I had nothing but trouble with Rivatuner and the sorts, this does the job fine, at least for me, and it's good for other people who are new to overclocking or so.

Try EVGA Precision. And yes, unlike the name might suggest, it works just fine on non-EVGA cards.

My favorite brands are Sapphire (great customer support from my experience), EVGA, and Palit. All of my ATI cards have been Sapphire except for my 3850, when my Vapor-X 4870 died i had a RMA number and a replacement in about 2 weeks no questions asked. My old 9800GTX is a EVGA card that i bought recertified from Newegg for like $130, which was cheap as hell at the time since it was a top end card. Its a awesome overclocker, 830 core / 2400 mem and temps only reach the mid 60s on the stock cooler.

My GTX 470 i have now is a Palit card and i must say it rocks. Its one of their dual-fan cooler models, and i have to say, they really do work. I've got it clocked @ 750 core / 1850 mem (3700) and my temps are only reaching the high 60s to low 70s. The dual fans are also very quiet, probably no louder than the Vapor-X cooler on my 4870 was.




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#10 8 years ago

I've owned MSI, Gigabyte, and Sapphire GPUs in that order. Of the 3 I'd say Gigabyte was the most solid manufacturer. As far as whom I'd trust most for my next purchase though, I'd say EVGA, ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI, in that order. On the slim chance I ever go with another "A" camp GPU, which is doubtful at best, it would be Sapphire. The only thing with Sapphire is they only like to communicate via email.

Zotac seems to be getting better. I've heard some nightmare stories from reliable sources regarding past product and CS, but it's as if they've become a top tier Nvidia partner overnight, with better CS too. Used to be the only way you could be assured a top tier binned Nvidia GPU is in going with EVGA, ASUS, BFG, and some Giga models, as far as those sold in the states anyway. Now it appears others may be entering the top tier fray, including Palit and Zotac, not sure though.

BTW, didn't BFG stop making video cards?