well i am going to be buying a ati radeon hd 4870 when they come out on the 25th hopefully, but i wanted to ask a couple questions about which type to get, saphire,visiontek,gigabit, yada yada any input is greatly appreciated thanks in advance
they all use the same reference card provided by amd. the differences are in the cooler, the warranty, accessories, and they'll eventually start selling overclocked versions. look for the brands with lifetime warranties like xfx, evga, bfg, and make sure to get one with adequate cooling.
lol well thank you for the info, would there happen to have any leaked information at the moment about which features will be applied with each. i dont really care about the sound of my rig as long as it performs and doesnt overheat. so my biggest concerns are the cooler on the card and warranty sounds good but the cooler and overall quality are my biggest concerns
I don't know for sure what the specs will be, but they are probably similar to 4850, maybe additional core speed, and I believe it will have DDR5 memory, which will be faster than DDR 3. I have had great success with Sapphire cards, MSI, and Ati brand cards. Other companies out there which make Ati cards are visiontek, and powercolor.
ATI doesn't sell their own cards anymore do they? Peronsally, I prefer Sapphire. I like their Toxic coolers they fabricate for their cards too. Little more expensive, but makes a single slot solution out of an otherwise dual slot solution and the cooling is usually pretty damn good, and quieter.
sad to say but XFX , EVGA and BFG dont sell ATI cards..................
lol macer i hate to say it but that one went right over your head...
The first reply to the OP, said "like" not "is", sad part is very few if any ati card makers give lifetime warranties, visiontek did for a couple cards some time ago, I tihnk but it was for specific SKU's...so u know I guess you gotta see.
if they are all priced the same like the 4850 is on newegg, I'd say go for the lifetime warranty....VisionTek
cliffro beat me to the punch, but yeah visiontek offers a limited lifetime warrenty:
Limited Lifetime Warranty
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There you go, btw cliffro where does that tank in ur avatar come from, it looks pretty cool. It reminds me of something from like warzone 2100.
so from what i have been reading and gathering from your posts, that take a first look at visiontek, and sapphire then look at the other choices and if they dont stand up to it in price and overall comparison go for the saphire or visiontek whichever i prefer. glad to hear there is no large manufacturing difference in the quality of the cards or someone who wins handsdown always better hardware when theres competition.