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what ATi (aah, AMD) manufacturers?

By Captain828
Feb 14, 2007
  1. I know every big manufacturer of nVidia GPUs (hell I know some of their product lines by heart) and I've never owned an ATi GPU, so I have no knowledge of their builders.

    Seeing such nice specs on the soon-to-be-released-on-march-9th X2800XTX and having an uber low-end GPU (ASUS EN6600), I want to get to know some of their manufacturers (specialized ones) so I can put to good use these 700EUR I plan on spending on a new GPU (that's besides RAM and MOBO) when that mean monster GPU ships.

    I would be very grateful if someone would tell me some ATi manufacturers.

    PS: the only one I heard of is Sapphire...
     
  2. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Sapphire, HIS (My Favorite), Visiontek (High Prices), GECUBE, ATI.
     
  3. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    Don't forget: Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and Powercolor. HIS is usually rated pretty high and are reasonably priced.
     
  4. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    He mentioned ASUS so i thought he knew about them :)
     
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    A few more are Club 3D, Connect3D, Palit, Jetway and Diamond. If you go to ATI's/AMD's site you can find their partners listed. Click here for a link.

    BTW, F1N3ST listed ATI. Unlike Nvidia, ATI actually makes its own graphics cards that compete with its partners.
     
  6. Captain828

    Captain828 TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 287   +10

    Thanks guys.. and yeah, I already knew about ASUS and Gigabyte (anyway they're total solution providers)
    Oh, and I don't think I'll touch those "few more" mailpup; they don't make good products.. trust me.. got friends w/ probs on those

    One more question: Which one do you think is the best?
     
  7. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    IMO, HIS makes the best when you consider price and performance.
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I really like Sapphire
     
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    I wasn't recommending them. I was just listing them to help answer your original question.

    My favorites would probably be Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and Powercolor, although I would consider a couple of other brands. One thing about Asus is that on at least some of their high end models (Maybe all. I don't know) they use a different size built in fan connector. Ordinarily that doesn't mean much but if you try to buy a third party heatsink and fan to replace the OEM one, such as Artic Cooling, the fan connector that comes with the new cooler will not fit the Asus graphic card connector. It will fit all the other brands but since Asus chooses to use a non-reference connector, you will have to splice wires. Just some semi-interesting info.
     
  10. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    I second HIS for being best, especially if they use their own cooler.
     
  11. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 385

    Sapphire is really good, they've worked with ATI all the way from the start. HIS seems to make a lot of really funky coolers for most of their cards, which is quite cool as they perform much better than the stock coolers.
     
  12. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Their coolers are all prettied-up arctic silencers lol.
     
  13. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 385

    Meh... Only some of their coolers look like arctic cooling ones.

    WTF?
     
  14. Captain828

    Captain828 TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 287   +10

    @agi_shi That GPU you were pointing at is on PCI.. it doesn't support a large cooler because of extra power consumption and because someone that buys a PCI vga doesn't use it for hardcore stuff

    @F1N3ST I agree, HIS seems to be the best.. but you gotta give Sapphire some credit on this beefy monster

    Anyways thanks very much for giving me some info about ATi's (AMD) manufactures. Think I'll go with a HIS.. now just to wait for the R600
     
  15. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Hey guys,
    I had never heard of HIS, but they seem to be a good ATI manufacturer.

    Thanks.
    I have a Sapphire Radeon 9600XT 256MB DDR card, that performs very well and it had a great price at Newegg
     
  16. Captain828

    Captain828 TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 287   +10

    Link to HIS

    The 9600XT is a very good GPU, powerful (for it's time..), but you should consider upgrading. You should wait for nVidia to launch the 8600s...
     
  17. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Or maybe ATI's possible X2600 series....
     
  18. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 385

    The X2800GTO looks a lot more promising. And if I remember correctly it should cost ~300$.

    No man, I know that ;) ! I was pointing out its.... weirdness... It just looks really odd. Seems it's that way so that it can fit into cases that aren't too wide to fit a full-size card.
     
  19. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Nice, but I wouldn't pay $300 bucks for a video card. In fact, I wouldn't even pay more than 200 for it. :)
     
  20. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Me neither, my video card and memory were both gifts ;).
     
  21. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    You're lucky man.... I wish someone could give me a X1950XTX :p
     
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