Alright, I want to get a 7950GX2, but I can't decide on a specific brand. I'm seeing quite a wide price spectrum across different brands, even though the core clock and memory speeds are the same. So if any of ya'll can tell me which 7950GX2 to buy, I would appreciate it a lot.
(I'll stick with the base 500/600 configurations. No need for the XFX OC'ed ones)
If you don't want a pre-overclocked version, then yes I'd suggest the cheapest one. I'm not sure if anyone is doing one with a proprietary cooling solution? If so then you might want to go for that if it's quieter/better to OC etc.
Dude well this is my opinion, if you are going to get the 7950 GX2 which is around $600, why dont you get the best one? spending $600 on a videocard means that you are getting a high end product but for a few more bucks you can get the top of the line (not considering too much differences on the price)
Now if there is too much difference between a not overclocked and a overclocked 7950 GX2 (like $80 or $100) Then in that case I recommend not overclocked cards.
I would choose EVGA, they have the best warranty in the biz. You can use aftermarket cooling without voiding the lifetime warranty and if you fry it due to overclocking your still covered. Hard to find a better warranty than that.
Oh and the reason EVGA has so many unhappy customers on their boards is they dont cencor them as much as XFX does. ALL the manufacturers had problems with their GF7900GTs and during that time i heard XFX actually shut down their boards completely. Glad I went with evga!
I would have to agree with Alienware = Dell.
In my opinion if you dont have channel you have shit. ( Of corse i do run a computer shop to, if you want the best of the best come find me.)
Anyways as far as brands go EVGA has always been treating me good.
BFG is more expensive but they do some great overclocking.
XFX is getting better.... they used to suck so bad but they do almost as good as bfg, however i still like bfg and evga over xfx.
So price to performance i would get evga and overclock it myself if i want it overclocked. EVGA warrenties rock.
If you dont know how to overclock a card and you want that little extra benchmark boast. go with BFG!
i try to compare the prices and warranty first, if they are the same price and one has better warranty i go for that.sometimes the software is better with one too,you can get an older outdated game or a newer release.look at the overall bundle + price and warranty and see which one looks better to you then buy it
BFG is that bit more expensive but you get what you pay for. I've been having a problem with my 7800 GTX recently (hardly a ringing endorsement, but hear me out) and the BFG people have been very helpful. They've arranged an RMA etc after just 2 emails and no quibbling about overclocking. Still have to hear what they say about the card though :-)