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Mason@ASUS
03-06-2012, 10:50 PM
Hello to everyone in the ROG community out there. Thanks for checking out my post and sharing your thoughts. The reason for this post is because ASUS branded graphics cards have recently become the #1 graphics cards on the market so I want to follow that up with a poll to see what you all think. As many of you are system builders/upgraders (I think that's a word), you represent a major group of our intended market and your input will be invaluable.

Being that this is an AMD GPU sub-forum, this poll will give us an idea as to what you think about our AMD graphics cards compared to other vendors' AMD cards. For the poll, choose the option for the vendor you think makes the best AMD graphics cards and then list who you think is 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th in a post. Aside from ranking your top AMD card vendors, any other thoughts, comments, things you would like to see are of course more than welcome! :)

Thanks for voting!

Gnarly
03-21-2012, 04:22 AM
Finally got my 3 7970's working well with my Rampage iv. They released a new Catalyst driver recently (12.3) and that seemed to improve performance and crashing issues in Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3. I was also having some serious latency issues and choppy video issues. Turned out to be the GPU Tweak Monitor that was running in the background (part of the bundled GPU Tweak Suite). I couldn't believe it! The application defaults to load at startup , so I never really bothered with it. I kept running DPC Latency checker and the numbers were over the top. Once I realized it was that monitor, which i turned off. The overclocking began.

Pushing GPU Tweak to the limit (a killer app btw) and overclocking my CPU to a little over 5000mhz I was able to get incredible frame rates. 205 max in Battlefield. Overclocking all three cards was a bit slower which seems interesting. I am trying to find the right settings as I write. A lot of fun. Thanks ASUS for the easy to configure OC utility.

I dislike AMD as there drivers completely suck. Fortunately the cards are ASUS and I really like their Tech support for the most part. 7970 trifire ALL GOOD! Only took AMD 3 months to come out with a driver that truly targets the 7000 series cards.

Anyone else with a 7970 trifire configuration?

Gnarly
03-21-2012, 05:14 AM
Finally got my 3 7970's working well with my Rampage iv. They released a new Catalyst driver recently (12.3) and that seemed to improve performance and crashing issues in Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3. I was also having some serious latency issues and choppy video issues. Turned out to be the GPU Tweak Monitor that was running in the background (part of the bundled GPU Tweak Suite). I couldn't believe it! The application defaults to load at startup , so I never really bothered with it. I kept running DPC Latency checker and the numbers were over the top. Once I realized it was that monitor, which i turned off. The overclocking began.

Pushing GPU Tweak to the limit (a killer app btw) and overclocking my CPU to a little over 5000mhz I was able to get incredible frame rates. 205 max in Battlefield. Overclocking all three cards was a bit slower which seems interesting. I am trying to find the right settings as I write. A lot of fun. Thanks ASUS for the easy to configure OC utility.

I dislike AMD as there drivers completely suck. Fortunately the cards are ASUS and I really like their Tech support for the most part. 7970 trifire ALL GOOD! Only took AMD 3 months to come out with a driver that truly targets the 7000 series cards.

Anyone else with a 7970 trifire configuration?

Henkenator68NL
03-21-2012, 09:47 AM
Hi,

I have been using the following Graphic Cards in the Past:


Several low end Asus Cards in PC I have built for other People aimed at average/light use.

XFX GeForce GTX260 896MB DDR3 XT on Asus Rampage Extreme (Intel):
This Card Performed not to my Liking

2 x Asus HD 3870 EAH3870/G/HTDI/512M in Crossfire on Asus (serial i cant remember) Intel.
Still Running after more than 5 years in gaming PC for my youngest son


SAPPHIRE HD 4870 X2 2G GDDR5 PCI-E on Asus Rampage Extreme (Intel):
This performed as a Beast ! But very hot = noisy Fan
Later on I have put a Water Block on it and it was Superb.
However before warranty period ended the Fan started making noise and stopped working witch resulted in Fried GPU.
The Webshop where I bought the Card no longer excisted, So I contacted Sapphire directly. There Service was impecable: I received a complete new Card and a free vesion of a Battlefield BadCompany 2 Game. That Card still functions perfectly after 4 years (sold it to Friend).

[B]Currently in my Rigg:[B]
2 x Asus HD 6870 EAH6870/2DI2S/1GD5 running in Crossfire on Crosshair V Formula (AMD):
This is best setup yet, Performing Superbly
Good Overclocking !!
Very Happy With this

So my List looks like this:
1. Sapphire, reason: Excellent Service, Up to Date Products, Nice Promotion Offers
2. Asus, reason High Quality, High end Cards, Up to date, Different Versions of same model, ROG Forum
3. XFX, not the best but price/quality is oke

stitch
04-20-2012, 06:20 PM
I've bought video cards for myself in this order, you be the judge: ATI Rage Fury Pro, ATI Radeon 8500, ATI Radeon 9700, ATI Radeon 9800, ASUS Radeon X800XL, HIS Radeon HD 2900XT, XFX Radeon HD 4850, Sapphire Radeon HD 4870, Sapphire Radeon HD 5750, ASUS DirectCU Radeon HD 6850, ASUS DirectCU2 Radeon HD 7970.

My favorite shop locally advises ASUS just on the fact that RMA isn't a nightmare. Sapphire makes cards that work just fine, they're just horrible to deal with when doing an RMA. Plus, for the price to feature ratio, I've found the ASUS cards just gave generally a better value.

AllGamer
04-20-2012, 08:09 PM
i buy any product based on its feature vs. its fellow variants from any other brand.

the one that offers the nicest feature set, gets my vote with my wallet :)

it's just pure coincidence 90% of the time ASUS offers the nicest things available to the player, and because most times MSI / HIS / XFS products are always in short supply, Gigabyte are not very interesting, and i'll never touch any thing from power color or sapphire they seem to mostly care for the low end market, and very boring products.

Granger
04-20-2012, 08:22 PM
I havent voted as the only thing I know in the list is Saphire (I will know Asus cards when my 6870 direct cu arrives)
So my vote wouldn't be very objectif.

f1schu
05-17-2012, 12:45 AM
Asus FTW!!

psyside
06-19-2012, 03:06 PM
In the past Asus, now with recent voltage locks on 7970 DC cards, you guys dropped the ball alot! no more big respect for you guys, im sorry but this is huge issue and on top of that also no official statement from Asus, why would you lock cards with huge overclocking potential! with amazing cooling and power delivery!

Arne Saknussemm
07-19-2012, 08:53 PM
I was going to buy a couple of 7970Dcuii cads at one point untill I read this business about them not having features found even on stock cards in terms of overclockability. Then saw there was absolutely no response here or anywhere else to the understandable confusion and complaints.
ASUS are coming last on that list right now.

Dark
07-19-2012, 09:25 PM
This was a hard question for me i at to say ASUS but on saying i do love some of the Sapphire range card's

Im not go'ing to name them as it'll take me a wile but my vote is with ASUS but i did want to vote Sapphire so im split both sides

ssmb_92
08-20-2012, 02:32 PM
At this point i won't say ASUS cos both my DCUT2 7970's are hopeless. Why isn't EVGA on the poll list, theirs are mad card, my mates 690gtx is like a wet dream lmao.

Rossi~
10-26-2012, 07:17 AM
ASUS Matrix Platinum.

Snaptrap
12-07-2012, 03:47 PM
Yesterday was my 3rd Asus graphics card return in 5yrs. All of them were related to the DCII cooler. Both of my 6950's were returned due to bending PCB's. Picked up my Matrix last week only to return it because of screen jumping in Windows. Works fine now. The company really needs to put more care in assembly, especially with ROG products. Obsolescence is also a problem. Rather than try adding new and compatible features to older products such as Virtu MVP on the Z68's, they simply abandon any support and force users to spend another $400 on a new motherboard. Asus is currently on my "last chance" list. If I experience the same thing on my Maximus V as I did with the Maximus IV, then I'm done.

Thomoe
01-15-2013, 06:19 PM
i have returned 2 HD MATRIX 7970 because of Sqaure-like artifacts in games... also they mess up the sky in BF3 after 1 hour of gaming in stock clock...

Thomoe
01-15-2013, 06:22 PM
Yesterday was my 3rd Asus graphics card return in 5yrs. All of them were related to the DCII cooler. Both of my 6950's were returned due to bending PCB's. Picked up my Matrix last week only to return it because of screen jumping in Windows. Works fine now. The company really needs to put more care in assembly, especially with ROG products. Obsolescence is also a problem. Rather than try adding new and compatible features to older products such as Virtu MVP on the Z68's, they simply abandon any support and force users to spend another $400 on a new motherboard. Asus is currently on my "last chance" list. If I experience the same thing on my Maximus V as I did with the Maximus IV, then I'm done.

I am so with you on this... so close to be done with ASUS

Dartmaul
01-15-2013, 08:05 PM
Since I owned my 1st rig I use AMD cards, I've had X850XT, HD2900XT, HD4890, HD4870x2, HD5970, HD6990, and now I have pair of HD7970 and all these cards were made by Sapphire. But all of these were reference. But if I'll gonna get non-reference card I'll buy MSI.

Sorry Asus, I love your mobos, but you cannot win VGA battle with additional fans.
And DC2/Matrix? Haven't seen any of these on top of HWbot's rankings :D

Zka17
01-15-2013, 08:38 PM
And DC2/Matrix? Haven't seen any of these on top of HWbot's rankings :D

You know why? Because the other companies have some kind of deal with HWBOT... I always complete the "Manufacturer" and "Model" fields when submitting - and in the rankings I'm seeing only "Radeon HD7970" (check the 7970 rankings and my submissions today) :p

Dartmaul
01-15-2013, 09:34 PM
You know why? Because the other companies have some kind of deal with HWBOT
Bot is probably pretty free "battlefield" where anyone can post some results.
Off course overall benchmark's top1 is a manufacturer's challenge, but how's about enthusiast's league?
I have few 7970 H2O submissions, few of them are even good, and you know, I haven't seen any DC2\Matrix above me, but a lot of MSI's Lightings)

Zka17
01-15-2013, 09:45 PM
Just be patient, time will come for the DC2/Matrix cards too! :)

Dartmaul
01-15-2013, 10:44 PM
Not during 7*** series)

But I have to say, VGA hotwire is a very cool stuff, I wish my cards have a special spot for it(

Zka17
01-15-2013, 11:51 PM
Not during 7*** series)

Do you want to bet? :cool:

Dartmaul
01-16-2013, 07:35 AM
I know that 7970 was first released in December 2011.
It's too late to turn the tide in 7 series since 8 is close.

Zka17
01-16-2013, 10:18 AM
You may be right... but I just started tweaking my Matrix cards... :cool:

Dartmaul
01-16-2013, 01:59 PM
There's no fullcover WB for matrix :p

Zka17
01-16-2013, 02:14 PM
There is one! (check my thread in my signature) :p And there are other options for WC'ing the Matrix too...

Dartmaul
01-16-2013, 06:14 PM
31 pages and no water cooled Matrix pic. (Or I'm blind)

Zka17
01-16-2013, 06:16 PM
I don't have it yet, just said that exists... have the link on page #30, post #295

Dartmaul
01-17-2013, 11:54 AM
Wow... Well then I'm waiting for your results)
If you have a lucky card and some water cooling for it you could get some nasty scores)

Zka17
01-17-2013, 12:01 PM
If you have a lucky card and some water cooling for it you could get some nasty scores)

I hope so! But first I'm exploring the cards with stock cooler... :cool: It will take some time until I will have those blocks in my hands...

KaRLiToS
02-01-2013, 01:10 PM
I have 2 x XFX 7970 and 2 x Power Color 7970 no issues at all. I used a lot of Sapphire Cards in my life, couple of 5850 and 5870, couple of 6970. Never had any issue. I have never tried Asus VGA though.

I also had some BGF Tech. 8800Gtx OC2, probably the best card I had in my whole life.

Before that I don't remember but I have been buying VGA cards since 1998.

Vampora
06-15-2013, 04:46 PM
Well I thought it was Asus but since they won't help us out with our Ares 2 issues or even comment on them, might have to throw my 5970 back in so I can play games again *rolls eyes*

Paul17041993
12-04-2013, 01:54 AM
well after what I have had to go through with my 7970DCIIT, I'm (and many many others really) very disappointed with ASUS in the enthusiast area, what logic is to make your "top end cards" worse in many ways then any of your standard consumer cards...?

when ASUS decides to accept when they have made a bad card and will actually help their customers, then I'll be happy again, things like underclocking, ramping fans to maximum, *not* using your software just so your expensive piece of hardware actually works is just completely wrong...

ATINUT
12-04-2013, 03:55 PM
No fault of AMD on the driver but a little bit of ASUS's part on the bios front and a lot of AMD on the bios front, but I recently had to update the bios of my ASUS 7850's to fix some issues that I had with them since January 2013 when I got them. I should have done the bios update in June 2013 when the new vbios came out. Since the vbios flash, I can use the WHQL drivers without problems now, and like my 2GB 7850's even more.

I get the feeling that like the R200 series cards, that AMD shoved the 7000 series cards out the door too soon, all in the name of profit.

MAXXHEW
12-29-2013, 01:13 PM
I just finished my first build... I bought 2 ASUS R7-260X's. Now I understand that these aren't the top of the line R series GPU's... but they do have many of the same features as the more expensive ones. These 2 GPU's in CrossFireX work very nicely, and we have had no problems with them... I own many ASUS products and I trust the brand (I never consider buying any other if ASUS has a competitive model). What made me choose this brand and these specific GPU's is the fact that they came with $80.00 worth of free games each when I purchased them from newegg... so by buying 2 we got $160.00 worth of free games which virtually means we got a free GPU with a little extra! Plus at this price point these were the only GPU's that had AMD TrueAudio built in. You simply can't go wrong with ASUS gear and it seems silly to me to compromise by using other brands. I also like how ASUS is actively putting out vids on Youtube for new/experienced pc builders to gather info, by the way... that dude JJ really knows his stuff and we learned a lot by watching his videos. ASUS is the best period.

Thefightin
01-10-2014, 11:37 AM
Asus hands down makes the best computer hardware out. Other than Antec, I have not received better quality and customer support from any other company.

A close second in the video card game would be Sapphire. I've done more builds with Sapphire cards than any other brand, and never had any issues. They have excellent build quality. Middle of the pack would be XFX. It terms of reliability and build construction they're up there too. However the Double-D heatsink just insist that effective. Not dangerously ineffective, but they just don't stay as cool.

MSi is probably the worst manufacture on that list. I can't say anything about Gigabyte, but MSi has given me some headaches in the past. A lot of people will say Powercolor is bad, but at least they're innovative with things like the Devil 13. MSi not only builds shotty products and has horrible customer support but their marketing makes look like an out right innovator when they're simply just lackluster.

Agente Silva
02-25-2014, 05:48 PM
Well, I didnīt want to mention bundle software/acessories because we are talking about graphic cards. So I have an ASUS paired with a Sapphire... From what you can see in this forum (mainly about R9 280X DCIITOP, wich I own) many people are complaining about artifacts or fan malfunction, and many of those are having RMA trouble (I know those cards are being sent to retailers and probably a few get to ASUS workshop). Anyway, I might be one lucky bastish īcause my 7970 is flawless - so in my opinion ASUS delivers greatly built enthusiast hardware, but goes a bit on the expensive route, without any value bundled goodies.

Now for Sapphire for example, my idea is that they are the best on stretching factory clocks and still stay on the "affordable" side. The Sapphire I bought to Xfire with the ASUS bundles a TON of valuable acessories (adapters) going from Active DVI-DP dongle, a mini DP to DP cable, a 3 meter long HDMI cable and a DVI-VGA adapter. Itīs almost 100€ in cables wich are very very usefull...

For MSI, my opinion is only by recent experience of my new rig and so far so good (it has a nice auto OC feature - just like AI Tuner for ASUS) but letīs not forget that MSI is in this market from the very beggining.

Powecolor, Gigabyte are reliable... they donīt go too far from factory clocks and usually are the least expensive (didnīt want to use the word "cheap")

Antronman
02-25-2014, 06:01 PM
Asus makes good cards, but the best AMD cards come from Sapphire and XFX. Because exclusive deals.
XFX R9 290x Black Edition is a serious piece of business, and even the DD edition R9 290x solves the reference R9 290x cooler design problems. And it looks a heck of a lot nicer than the Asus R9 290x DCII card.

XFX Double Dissipation edition:
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTz28xeyueDKSruoig1_nbGhFwnBj9mC FzS9e_HCEQQsTUfuI7F4Q:videocardz.com/images/2013/12/XFX-Radeon-R9-290-Double-Dissipation-series-6.png

Asus R9 290x DCII:
http://videocardz.com/images/2014/01/ASUS-Radeon-R9-290-DirectCU-II-OC-1.jpg

The XFX looks sleek, fast, but still badass. The logo lights up too.
The Asus looks like something made out of leftover industrial hardware.
Asus has been lacking in the cards lately. EK doesn't have a block for the R9 290x DCII for sale anywhere.
The only new cards they've released are the Mars 760 and Posideon 780/770.
In my opinion, they are not worth it. The HD 7990 is much better than the Mars 760, at the same price.
EK or XSPC block on a regular GTX 780 is more reliable.

Ishan
06-25-2014, 07:19 PM
Sapphire makes the best AMD cards imo. Sapphire had reduced their warranty to 2 years though and XFX has earned my respect since it has provided a really stable R9 series and i have rarely heard people complaining about their manufacturing while plenty have complained about MSI\ASUS\Gigabyte in which they have pushed the limits, resulting in high failure rates due to graphical corruption like Artifacts and flickering in 3D games. (Specifically talking about HD 7000 and R9 series)

Then it comes to service as well. In my experience ASUS has the worst RMA process i have encountered. I have undergone RMA process with Gigabyte, Western Digital & Sapphire and all of them in my country provide great RMA service without any BS involved. Unlike ASUS, they only care what the customer is telling them and usually takes a single conversation to initiate RMA - and new product is delivered within 2 weeks without any fuss.

With ASUS my RMA is still ongoing for 4 months, where they refused to give me a desired replacement and I have seen plenty of customers complaining that they may also send back the same card just because they didn't see any issue; as if customers have any reason to lie about the problems they are facing.

I have no doubt ASUS makes great products. It has all the things one looks for, aesthetics badass look, performance, silence & cool temps but RMA service alone is enough to turn me off since if you get a dud card then you're pretty much ****ed.

ASUS-R9280X-DC2T-3GD5 will be my last ASUS product, made a mistake buying from ASUS.