After much consideration, I've decided to roll with a HD 7850 for my AMD build. I've been to Newegg, Pcpartpicker, TigerDirect, etc. to look at all the different brands and models and I'm completely torn on which I should go with. The last time I bought a card was several years ago and it was a 9800GT, so at current, I'm not sure which brands are the most trusted... or, specifically, for this card, which perform the best.
All the reviews on the websites seem so mixed. Of course, I've checked out the warranties and it's a big selling point for me... and it's partly the reason why I'm hesitant about HIS, PowerCooler and Sapphire cards - they call carry a two-year warranty. Even some of the XFX cards have a two-year warranty. Ideally, I'd want something better but foremost - it has to perform.
So, to add to my quagmire of opinions, I was hoping you guys could chime in. Which brands do you prefer and why?
I just looked up the Asus and Sapphire cards and compared the sizes. The Asus card is an extra two inches longer, pushing 10.2" in length. That has to be the longest card I've ever seen... hopefully whatever mid-tower I go with will have room for that monster.
I am in the same boat as you eturnal and have decided on the Asus. I am currently waiting for it to come back in stock at newegg for $259 + $8 shipping.
Both the MSI and Asus cards are on backorder at newegg and tigerdirect. The Asus is on backorder on amazon, but they do have the MSI for $278 + $8 shipping.
Asus, Sapphire and MSI have all proven to be excellent cards in the 7800 series, and all of them will do 1050 MHz on stock volts (at least I've yet to read about one that hasn't), and they're almost guaranteed to do 1150-1200 with additional voltage. Personally I think the Asus looks a bit dodgy with the cooler being like 2 inches longer than the PCB, but people have still gotten great results.
I recently ordered a Sapphire, waiting for it to arrive.