Up For Debate - Which Is Your Favourite Graphics Card Manufacturer

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Jun 26, 2016 2:30 PM

Choosing when to upgrade and which graphics card to go for is just half the battle, there’s also the not insignificant choice of choosing from potentially dozens of variants from AMD and Nvidia’s graphics board partners. I myself had this last year when I decided to buy a GTX 970, having to pick my way through all the different cards from the likes of MSI,Zotac, Asus and more. Some, like EVGA, can even have three or four different variants of what is essentially the same card.

What usually ends up happening is you pore over the reviews, looking for which is the cheapest buy, or offers the most bang for your buck, or just go all out for performance.

Without doing some hefty research there’s practically nothing to discern between the brands, aside from looks. Some run faster than others of course, while others have more advanced cooling. Some have coil whine, some run hot, and some are even half the size of others. There’s even things to consider outside of the graphics card itself. EVGA has its step up program for free upgrades, while some have practically non-existent repair and returns facilities.

When buying your graphics card do you make sure you seek out the very best version there is? Or are you brand loyal? As soon as there’s a new graphics card do you look straight for your favourite manufacturer? Let us know why below!

Which Is Your Favourite Graphics Card Manufacturer?

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10:53 Jul-03-2016

Are gpu's built-in cooling fans better than heatsink pipes? (considering a lil noise is not too much of a problem)

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22:00 Jun-28-2016

I gave XFX a shot this go round. Big mistake, NEVER again.

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11:20 Jun-29-2016

What was wrong with it?

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16:19 Jun-29-2016

I guess a 390 with a slim cooler is not the card you want.

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18:58 Jun-28-2016

Used to be MSI, but ASUS has won me over the past couple years..

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08:10 Jun-28-2016

EVGA for me :)

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13:58 Jun-28-2016

I'm jealous of you processor lol. Great rig, buddy. What do you do with all that power?!

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14:26 Jun-28-2016

I know he does sound with it.
I do 3D rendering, photo and video editing with mine.

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14:49 Jun-28-2016

OH Nice! I'm doing music production, video rendering and soon starting video game designing. Sometimes I wonder if I should had gone with a 2011 mobo and compatible CPU. Not undermining the 4790 in any way, I love it for both gaming and the mentioned task ^ My fault was going with a none OC CPU. Though to be fair 4.0GHz is appropriate for just about anything. Thanks for the info, your rig is outstanding lol

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15:17 Jun-28-2016

Well, I went with the 8-core specifically for video. I'm a very impatient man when it comes to waiting for rendering jobs (wasted time, in other words). High clocks at 4.5-4.7GHz also allow me to do everything else to a superb degree too. So that was why I chose the 5960X.

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16:01 Jun-28-2016

music, videos, batch image processing, virtualization, make games and plenty other things which are actually more resource demanding than most games,
but I also play Witcher 3 for ex., 2560x1440 ftw:3

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17:01 Jun-28-2016

That's awesome man :D

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17:36 Jun-28-2016

4K 100+ fps and 5K 60fps here tho :D

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18:21 Jun-28-2016

Xquatrox 4K and 5K are uninteresting for me, only upgrade worth considering for me would be some curvy 21:9 to unite my speakers on the desk, but dang even those 3440x1440 cost like my GTX980Ti (800$-ish)

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21:36 Jun-28-2016

I bet you said the same about 1080p and 1440p gaming back in the day...

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21:57 Jun-28-2016

if I remember well I did say same about 1280x1024, now when I think about it I probably skipped 1080p and went for 2560x1024 and then 3840x1024, then went for 2560x1440,
honestly I never really appreciated 16:9 ratio, because it's too narrow to put multiple windows side-by-side and unnecessarily too wide to watch something in the middle, golden ratio is said to be 3:2 and 16:9 is like 3.55:2, oh and cinemas are 21:9 anyway :))

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22:12 Jun-28-2016

Cinema is 2.35:1 or 2.39:1, to be precise. I went to uni for that crap xD

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08:26 Jun-29-2016

You guys have monster PCs, just sayin' xD

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12:31 Jun-29-2016

Why thank you, kind sir! :)

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16:49 Jun-29-2016

I was rendered useless,limp and impotent while reading Xquatrox's specs. My confidence has evaporated and my children won't even play with me anymore. I found my wife salivating while looking at his rig on his profile page

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17:42 Jun-29-2016

Oh my!
Had a right laugh I did xD

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06:31 Jun-28-2016

msi all the way

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05:54 Jun-28-2016

lol msi is winning lol i love msi especially there military class 4 810G parts/gaming stuff witch what i have now my fave is MSI all the way with AMD powered chips its never steered me wrong

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04:57 Jun-28-2016

ASUS!

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04:41 Jun-28-2016

My favs are
ASUS
MSI
GIGABYTE
EVGA

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01:23 Jun-28-2016

EVGA, for their warranty and their fan system acx 2.

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20:16 Jun-27-2016

If it's an AMD card.. Sapphire.
if it's Nvidia than EVGA.
MSI might have the list on the survey.. but EVGA have better warranty..
international and some cards get an extended warranty from 3 to 5 years only by registering the card on the website.

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18:02 Jun-27-2016

Yeah MSI leads :DD

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16:24 Jun-27-2016

I actually dont know much about this so i guess im just gonna go with "no vote".
But my preference is the cheapest option or the best bang for buck ,that sorta stuff. Im satisfied with that.

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17:23 Jun-27-2016

Yeah. I also have a little experience but with the experience I have, I'd go for Gigabyte coz it gives "Bang for Bucks".

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17:52 Jun-27-2016

Well, everyone has their own preferences, i mean, i bought this Galaxy 750 Ti last year, simply because it was the only one that they (the shop) had, and i wanted a new GPU ASAP, so i couldnt wait for other manufacturer's GPUs.

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19:18 Jun-27-2016

That happened to me once when my MSI GTX660 died after a week of watching movies and hardcore web browsing. I guess youtube pushed the card to it's limits. Went to bestbuy and the only card they had was a pathetic 4gb EVGA Nvidia 740

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06:59 Jun-28-2016

"YouTube pushed the card to its limits"
What. The. Hell!!!
How did that even happen?!

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13:34 Jun-28-2016

The biggest problem in India is that majority of cards can't make their way to India. We only have those cards available in market like GT210, Radeon 5450 and with cheap brands like Zotac, Forsa, etc. But now the situation is improving. Online stores are keeping better cards but it's still a long way down.

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15:53 Jun-27-2016

Asus's DCU II cooling was very effective, but quite loud. Dunno how things changed in the StriX series. My MSI is tho pretty quiet.

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19:29 Jun-27-2016

It's fairly quiet on my 980 strix but at about 70% it becomes noticeable, my sound system drown it out completely but with out that it would drive insane

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15:42 Jun-27-2016

Once i chose EVGA and it stayed this way for all my cards so far.

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14:14 Jun-27-2016

I've used Asus, Zotac, Gigabyte and (currently) MSI. No problems (I know people who've had Zotac trouble tho); I only discarded them for upgrades. All were different models so can't really compare. Asus was the quietest (610 Silent Edition) and MSI loudest but with best performance so far (1080/50/High/Shadow of Mordor).


I think people like MSI for reliability; & packaging and design's cool.

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13:22 Jun-27-2016

ASUS was my first, but I doubt I'll go for one next time. Always liked the look of MSI cards.

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13:20 Jun-27-2016

I use whichever gives me best bang for buck from each generation but I usually aim for the higher end partner cards. I have an MSI R7950 Twin frozr 2 BE but I am looking forward to the EVGA GTX 1070 Classified or if prices drop, maybe just the MSI Gaming X or even the EVGA FTW

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12:44 Jun-27-2016

Galax Hall of Fame...FTW

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12:06 Jun-27-2016

so many "HIS" in pic but nowhere at poll ?

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10:19 Jun-27-2016

Which ever is the cheapest one ofc! In my country the branding is soo expensive! EVGA GTX 950 costs more than the cheapest GTX 960 (Palit) ! WHAT A NO BRAINER!

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10:56 Jun-27-2016

Quite a few people from Bulgaria seem to say the same thing (mostly about overpriced tech). Shame!
Maybe it would make sense to shop in the EU using ebay? No customs in the EU, you'd only pay the shipping, which might end up being much cheaper when buying a card from, say, Latvia. Have you looked into that?

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13:26 Jun-27-2016

Yes I have, in most cases, its not so much cheaper and you don't get any warranty, if something happens. I know MSI, EVGA and Gigabyte have a national warranty, but just thinking about how much I'm gonna wait until they even check it...

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Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, Ultra, 4k
Core i9-10900K 10-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 3080 Asus TUF Gaming 10GB 32GB
| High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz Radeon RX 6600 XT 12GB 16GB
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Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Radeon RX 570 4GB 10GB
| 30FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Radeon RX 570 4GB 10GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti EVGA FTW3 Gaming 8GB 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800X 8-Core 3.8GHz GeForce RTX 3070 Manli 8GB 32GB
| 60FPS, High, 1440p
Ryzen 7 2700X Radeon RX 6800 16GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1440p
Ryzen 7 2700X GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Armor OC 8GB Edition 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB 32GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Radeon RX 560 4GB 64GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-9700K 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 32GB
0% No [1 votes]
Core i5-7600 3.5GHz GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Armor 6G OC 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 16GB
| High, 1440p
Core i9-10900KF 10-Core 3.70GHz GeForce RTX 3080 MSI Ventus 3X 10GB 32GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
Core i9-9900K 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i9-10900K 10-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 3090 Gigabyte Eagle OC 24GB 32GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz GeForce GTX 1050M Ti 4GB 16GB
33.3333% Yes [6 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800X 8-Core 3.8GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Galax EX 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]