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Does warranty matter on a 4870X2

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September 22, 2008 4:33:51 PM

Hi all,
I live in India and am basically importing an ATI Radeon 4870X2 from australia as the one I am getting in aus is abot 180USD cheaper. I am getting it for about 500 USD in australia and about 680 USD in India. But the catch is that there is no warranty on the imported card, whereas if i purchase it locally, I get a 5 year warranty.

Does it make sense to import a card to save 180 bucks?? how often does a graphic card give problems??

Thanks in advance.

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September 22, 2008 4:50:27 PM

if you feel like gambling, and winning, go for the no warranty card.

you never know how long they will live, but hell, I can almost promise the fan will fail before 5 yrs is up!
September 22, 2008 4:54:00 PM

in that case, can i get the fan repaired/replaced at my own cost without having the warranty in place??
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September 22, 2008 5:02:15 PM

Hi all,
I live in India and am basically importing an ATI Radeon 4870X2 from australia as the one I am getting in aus is abot 180USD cheaper. I am getting it for about 500 USD in australia and about 680 USD in India. But the catch is that there is no warranty on the imported card, whereas if i purchase it locally, I get a 5 year warranty.

Does it make sense to import a card to save 180 bucks?? how often does a graphic card give problems??

Thanks in advance.
September 22, 2008 5:10:30 PM

It all depends on the card. If you want to chance it then go for it, you could get a great card that isn't faulty and doesn't die for a long time. However you could also get a crappy card that comes flawed and dies in weeks. Its up to you to decide if the possible benefits outway the possible downsides
September 22, 2008 5:15:58 PM

thanks a lot for the help guys. what i wanted to ask was, what are the chances that a card of this caliber might conk off?
a c 107 U Graphics card
September 22, 2008 5:17:45 PM

Well, every so often a bad card gets produced. Usually you'll know pretty soon, so if you don't have at least a 30 day warranty then you're taking your chances.
September 22, 2008 5:22:02 PM

it'll be pure luck - i'd go with it personally but thats just me :D  (I mean, if worst comes to worst yo ucould probably buy a local 8800gt with the money saved....)
a c 283 U Graphics card
September 22, 2008 5:22:27 PM

NO.
If a vendor does not offer a warranty, I would not trust their product.
September 22, 2008 5:25:34 PM

That's a tough one. Cards do die now and then. I just installed a Palit 4850 and it died three days later.

You'll have to flip a coin.
September 22, 2008 5:33:06 PM

Why'd you post this same question twice?

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/255206-33-safe-4870x2...

It's your call on the warranty. You could chance it and hopefully the card will last a few years. You really never know. Personally I've never had any GPU's die on me since I got into computers back in the 90's.
a b U Graphics card
September 22, 2008 5:39:30 PM

As mentioned it's a coin flip, and so ask yourself, would you be willing to go to a street corner and bet someone that same amount of money on a coin toss / dice game?

There's nothing inherently better/worse about the X2 with regards to the question, but it all depends on if you can simply lose that $500 and not care.
For a $50 item instead of $75 I wouldn't care about a warranty, it's essentially losing a diner out, for something worth 10 times that much, I start to care because it beomes more of a real dent in disposable income and not a minor , meh, issue.
September 22, 2008 5:45:58 PM

Like the previous posters have stated, you never know exactly how long a video card is going to last. I've owned 4 radeon cards in the past and only 1 of them died after about 2 years of service. The other cards still run even today, but I have long since replaced them with newer cards. Honestly, though, a 2 year old video card can be replaced for a fraction of its original cost.

Fans are generally the first thing that will die on you and you can usually get replacements for them. You can probably find an authorized repair location there, but they will charge you without a warranty plan.

So you've stated that you have no warranty, but what I'm curious to know is whether or not you have a return policy on your card. Is the retailer that you are purchasing from offering a 30-day return policy or something similar? More often than not, cards that have problems will either be DoA or begin showing signs of failure shortly after being put in use. I can't imagine that shipping a card across that great of a distance would positively affect your chances of getting a working card either. ;) 

While chances of DoA are not great, it is still something to consider. I've purchased 20+ video cards (not all ATI) for multiple computers in my computer-building lifetime and have never had a DoA, but I may just be lucky, also.

If there is no warranty and no return policy then I, personally, would not gamble 500 bucks even if there may only be a small <5% DoA chance. If you get a decent return policy then I would say your chances are good to have a working card or be able to get a replacement if you have problems within the return period, but not guaranteed. The risk is low, but you have to make the decision.

Hope this helps.
September 22, 2008 6:29:10 PM

While I agree with the posters thats its your call. There is no way I would gamble 500 on something that could be DOA. If they had at least a 30 day warranty then I would, but not without that. Are you sure its a reputable site? Do a lot of research if you're gonna go ahead and try it. And fans, are easy to replace.

By all rights some copper, fan, and you could make yourself a new one with a tad bit of research *if for some reason it fails*.
September 22, 2008 7:58:33 PM

You are basically gambling 500USD on a card that can die in a month due to something that cannot be fixed by some tech guy. Also, when you say a card of this "caliber" I assume you mean high end. From personal experience my gaming cards 9800 pro, 6800GT, and 7900GT all high end at one point have actually had a shorter life span than some of my non gaming cards. I have a radeon 7200 and 9600 pro working fine for over 6 years without a problem. If it was me faced with that choice I would definitely pay the extra money for the 5 year warranty.
a b U Graphics card
September 22, 2008 9:43:22 PM

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