Best 5900XT manufacturer?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Blade195, Jul 25, 2004.

  1. Blade195

    Blade195 OSNN Addict

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    I'm looking for the best manufacturer for the GFFX 5900XT. I can't care less on what game bundles they'll give and the only concern would be the cards stability /quality / performance.

    Also, there's one manufacturer that I know that is selling the card a bit overclocked in the memory clockspeed department for a little more money. Most 5900XTs' memories are clocked at 700MHz, but this one is 800MHz. How much difference will I see performance wise? If it yields 1 FPS or something insignificant like that, I'd rather save the money.

    Thanx
     
  2. LeeJend

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    I and buddies have had bad luck with factory overclocked video cards from Gainward. I strongly recommend avoiding them (Gainward and factory overclocked cards in general). Other failed video cards were from MSI (poorly assembled and misaligned heatsinks) and PNY (just died, no known cause).

    The Powercolor cards I've seen have been well built. ASUS and GIGABYTE are reliable manufacturers.

    At the price of a vid card it isn't worth saving 10% on price and then having the thing die (in or out of warranty). Whatever you get, don't go cheap, it will cost you in the long run. Look for a good brand with a rebate or sale price.

    The most reliable (stable and long lived) video cards I've seen are from ATI and Powercolor (note Sapphire makes ATI branded cards for ATI but I have no personal experience with Sapphire).
     
  3. Blade195

    Blade195 OSNN Addict

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    Thanx for your reply. I was actually referring to the Geforce FX line specifically, though. Were you referring to these line of cards when you mentioned the Asus and Gigabyte? My friend is going to get one of the card very soon and he was asking if he should go with the extra 100MHz memory clockspeed card with a not so well known brand. I thought maybe it isn't a good idea to get a no brand with overclocking.

    So if the performance difference ain't much from that 100 MHz extra clockspeed, I'd recommend him to get the better known brands. Thanx again.
    Anymore suggestions with brands... and more insight on the extra clockspeed will be much appreciated. Thanx
     
  4. wachtourak

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    I have an MSI FX5600XT and I have no problems, got a small core overclock and it's working fine still. My mate has a Leadtek 5950 and he is also impressed with that.
     
  5. emeritus

    emeritus Beware the Monkeys!!!

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    I have always liked Leadtek, with both my ti4600 and 5950 Ultra!!!
     
  6. LeeJend

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    Yes, to the ASUS and GIGABYTE cards for the GE FX. They both make solid well buitl product
     
  7. the_music_man

    the_music_man aka prodj88 =P

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    Asus are great. they usually come with great features and a killer support/warranty service :)
     
  8. mezkal

    mezkal OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Best value card I've seen yet is the Leadtek Winfast a350Xt TDH. I own one, and by following Jimmors BIOS modding thread on NVnews forums I have been able to safely overclock the card to 450Mhz GPU and 900Mhz RAM!!!

    Be wary of pre OC'd XTs. The 5900XT is an already overlocked 5900NU (non ultra). They are being phased out. The best thing to do is look for a DECENT brand manufacturer, in this case Leadtek.

    Cheers,

    mezkal
     
  9. Blade195

    Blade195 OSNN Addict

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    How about the Chaintechs? Any comments on this manufacturer?
     
  10. w00kiec00kie

    w00kiec00kie OSNN Addict

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    if you're concerned about warranty, go with BFG! lifetime warranty.
    Also their 5900xt come slightly overclocked (many had good experience with this card, as with almost all 5900xt's)...

    you can prob hit 5950 speeds no prob. on core, and high oc on memory as well.
    Leadtek makes good lookin' 5900xt... and I hear eVGA makes very good cards too. But again, BFG has LIFETIME warranty. (whatever that means... lifetime of card? lifetime of card production? eh? -_-; )
     
  11. w00kiec00kie

    w00kiec00kie OSNN Addict

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    Actaully, 5900xts are UNDERCLOCKED 5900s...