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ATI graphics card: which retail brands are best?

Hi.

I want to buy an ATI-based graphics card and would like some guidance on which retail brands to consider.

I have seen some produced by Asus, Sapphire and Connect3d.

Are all these good brands?

Can you suggest any more that I should look at?

Thanks for your advice.

cheers!
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buckeyes33Commented:
I would either stick to the ATI or Sapphire brands.  ATI brand usually has the least problems with drivers and such b/c they are making their own cards.  Sapphire cards are made by ATI, plus they are cheaper the the ATI version.  ASUS cards are over priced.  You can get a better and faster ATI brand card then the ASUS cards for cheaper.
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buckeyes33Commented:
You did not have ATI listed, but unlike Nvidia they do make their own cards.
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buckeyes33Commented:
Also what card(s) are you looking at?  

For the price, to get the best out of your buck.  The 9800 pro version is very good for the price.  I also think that the 9600XT is very good for the price.  
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timclymaAuthor Commented:
Hi again.

The card I am thinking of is the "ATI RADEON X600". It's a PCI Express model.

Is the price/performance for this card good?

What do you think?

cheers!
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buckeyes33Commented:
>>Is the price/performance for this card good?
I think the price is good compared to the Nvidia Geforce 6800 models.  The Nvidia is a much better card, hence the higher price.  So for the price I think they are good cards.  You say you want the PCI express, you must make sure that your motherboard will support PCI express.  Currently there are only a few on the market.  But it is hard to compare the X600 series to any other card as Nvidias are either higher or lower then that card, it is kind of in the middle of the batch.  The only they you can really compare it to is the X800 series, which is probably out of your price range since you are asking about this card.  Personally if I was going to get an X600 series I would probably get the X600 pro series or XT series, which ever the manufacturer calls it.  They are only about $20 more then the X600 and you get a 100Mhz increase in core speed and more then 100Mhz in RAM speed depending on the manufacturer.  Each card manufacturer as a little different speeds, but they are all relatively the same.

here is a review of the X series PCI express models

http://graphics.tomshardware.com/quickbyte/20040609/index.html


So, for the price, they do blow any ATI 9800 series and NVidia 5950 series away, all for about the same price.  If you can get PCI express that would be a boost.
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TheCaptainjsCommented:
A good place to go for questions like this would be
thetechzone.com
or tomshardware.com and go into the forums and ask them there. You will most likely find people who not only have used the cards, but can direct you to more in depth views on them.
I personally got lots of good advice from thetechzone.com when I was looking to upgrade to a radeon9800 pro.
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