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Who are top graphics card manufacturers?


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#1 skymaster191

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 02:32 PM

Now that my PC is built and running well, the final step is buying a stand-alone video card.
I know the cards always use either ATI Radeon or Nvidia chipsets. My co-worker advised that I chhose a manufacturer with a good reputation for customer service and warranty.

Who are the best video card maufacturers?

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 07:16 PM

XFX, PNY, Sapphire and EVGA to name a few. Compare clock/memory speeds between cards, and power consumption. How much are you looking to spend?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 01:13 AM

Semantics time:
manufacturer is not really very trackable or relevant case in point of the numerous chips on that card it is very unlikely that they are all manufactured by the designer (if any are at all). case in point I once bought a stick of Micron memory with samsung (manufactured) chips on it, for all I know the design of all microns PC memory was licensed from Samsung. Does it really matter is the specs are the same?

we are talking PCs so as far as I know the game is between Nvidia and ATI (now owned by AMD). Everyone seems to have their own opinion on who is better but in terms of hardware it is flavor of the month. Go by product reviews and the price you can get. I lean marginally towards NVidia, but I think that is just because I like their logo better...

Customer service mostly depends on your software requirements (what drivers you need, etc, etc). If you want good driver support buy something that a lot of other people have bought not some obscure one off niche product like my NVidia go 7200. NVidia and ATI rite the drivers so IMO they are the ones you care about. Things that really piss you off are going to be software or design problems 99 % of the time, and we know who we blame for those.

Best bet is to read reviews as mentioned. Throughput rates and clock frequencies are important, as is the card memory capacity. If it underperforms the reviewer running benchmarks and whatnot will comment on that if its a good site (so read a few). I normally look at a site, find a piece of hardware on sale with good on site reviews, then look up performance reviews online.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:29 PM

Hey, thanks for your input.

Yeah, people say good things about EVGA and XFX. With that being said, I've all but decided on one of the XFX 5770 models with 1GB, 128 bit, DDR5.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:59 PM

For ATI manufacturers I prefer Saphire or ASUS, for NVIDIA I prefer EVGA or PNY. Hope that helps. :D

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 04:55 PM

It really doesn't matter who made the card. Typically, most manufacturers use the reference design from AMD or Nvidia, only the bundles and warranty are different. Even then, there aren't much differences between the manufacturers. It doesn't matter who made the card once you factor in the "extra's." I usually go for Gigabyte, Asus, EVGA, XFX, Galaxy, or HIS cards.

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 06:49 PM

I would prefer Asus for AMD and Asus, EVGA for Nvidia. :D

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:39 AM

Can't make a recommendation for ATI as I've never bought one. For nVidia, EVGA most certainly. Be sure to register the card with their website as soon as you get it for the lifetime warranty.

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:51 AM

Can't make a recommendation for ATI as I've never bought one. For nVidia, EVGA most certainly. Be sure to register the card with their website as soon as you get it for the lifetime warranty.

Good tip about registering the graphics card.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 05:51 PM

I prefer gigabyte and visiontek for ati . Down the road i may get his seeing that they run slightly faster.

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