Up For Debate - Which is Your Favourite AMD Graphics Card Manufacturer?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Jul 14, 2018 12:30 PM

We love this time of the hardware cycle. The current crop of graphics cards are just slightly beginning to show their age, and a new generation of hot chips are right around the corner. 

AMD is hoping to wow us with its next-generation GPUs, the expectation being that AMD could be ready to ship its 7nm GPUs at some point in 2019.

For now, we're playing the waiting game. But when the next crop of AMD Radeon graphics cards grace us with their frame-rate-crunching ways and 4K wizardry, which of the graphics card manufacturers are you going to side with? You see, picking AMD or Nvidia is just half the battle. Even when you know you want a Radeon RX 680, there are literally dozens of different variants for all sorts of GPU manufacturers.

On the AMD side, we have the big-hitters like MSI, Gigabyte and ASUS all making an appearance, but there are also AMD-exclusive brands like Sapphire and PowerColor, as well as a medley of upcoming brands.

When making that all-important decision of which graphics card to buy, a decision that could be hundreds of dollars, which GPU brand do you know and trust? Get voting in the poll and let us know why below!

Which is Your Favourite AMD Graphics Card Manufacturer?

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07:27 Jul-17-2018

I still go for Asus, havent had really any issues with them always have had asus for motherboard, monitor and video card...

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17:46 Jul-16-2018

i somehow despise Asus and i cant even tell how this deep rooted opinion was even made in my brain

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20:06 Jul-16-2018

well, I can give you a few reasons. They sell z370 and x470 motherboards at a high-end price, with terrible crappy vrms. -> Strix "gaming" motherboards


They don't cool the vrms on most GPUs while using crappy VRMs, only on the more expensive versions or on of the super expensive limited quantity cards like the Mars, hybrid cooler and so on. On the direct CU II and strix GPUs their vrms are crap and not cooled properly or at all


They overprice their monitors while giving worse products than Acer.


Asus like to use cheap components on their PCBs.

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20:51 Jul-16-2018

O_O really?
I have old good ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe on my older rig, that VRM design is a beast, 4.5GHz i7-3770K on mini-ITX mobo,
now I have ASUS X99-S, 4.3GHz on all 6 cores of i7-5820K fully stable even running MacOS,
are you sure the VRMs are really that crappy, I mean, compared to other manufacturers?

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02:58 Jul-17-2018

their x99 motherboards are good, pretty much all x99 motherboards are good as Intel is quite strict about them and back in 2012 they were better due to having less market share and having to be competitive, since then they've gained a lot of market share and have been trying and succeeding at selling some of their products at higher profit margins by basically cutting costs on quality.


Here I found a dude that saved me a ton of writing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA2NQsgrJPk
This motherboard costs 200$, when it's no better than most 120$ motherboards in terms of both features, VRMs and other components...

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03:08 Jul-17-2018

This motherboard costs 200-250$, when it's no better than most 120$ motherboards in terms of both features, VRMs and other components... and the same goes for all Asus Strix X470 and Z370 boards... the F, E and G versions of the Asus Strix "Gaming" motherboards.

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07:47 Jul-17-2018

Well my hate for asus is really more based on mobos than on gpus but i have a gtx 970 strix atm and it sounds like my vakuum when i play games... real quiet cooling is something else

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03:21 Jul-16-2018

Love XFX, they never gave me an issue, had three in last few years. Had the XFX 7750, then Had the XFX r9270x, currently have the XFX r9390... Good cards Never had one fail.

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12:12 Jul-15-2018

XFX always was best (for me atleast).Sapphire was a very good though but i never use one.(XFX hd 4670 best gpu i own in a time)

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11:55 Jul-15-2018

which-ever comes in the cheapest

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08:11 Jul-15-2018

i had gigabyte windforce was really happy with the temps for the first 2years then gpu somehow ran hot all the time dont know why cleaned everything new thermal paste but still it run hot so im giving now to xfx :D

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06:13 Jul-15-2018

Honestly I'm not hung up on any of them..... aesthetically though, Powercolor would have to be choice number one.... the "Devil" series is something that's always appealed to me, as I'm into red and black color schemes, and the "evil" side of Christian mythology :P

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06:13 Jul-15-2018

I prefer sapphire hell even my old hd 6570 is a sapphire one it still fully working. Once I had and r9 270x hawk from msi it actually died after 2 years I might have been just unlucky thou I guess I got it replaced by new one for free. Now I own an rx 480 4gb sapphire card. My only complaint about this model is that they use crappy thermal pads. Like my ones are literaly melted especialy behind the backplate its over the pcb atleast its not conductive.

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05:25 Jul-15-2018

Sapphire PowerColor ASUS (not their RMA support tho) My TOXIC HD 6870 was probably the best card I've owned as far as overclockability on a not so overclockable card. Never owned a PowerColor but have heard nothing but good things about them specifically their customer support. ASUS makes really good coolers, a close friend of mine said going thru an RMA process is like going thru hell.

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04:56 Jul-15-2018

Sapphire, my 7970Ghz Edition was a Sapphire and it was a beast of a card, I love it. My sister is using it to play ARK right now. I went Team Green this time though and got myself a very nice ASUS GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Hybrid. I really wanted to go Red again, just didn't pan out that way.

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01:12 Jul-15-2018

POWERCOLOR BECAUSE THE hd 7990 DEVIL

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10:43 Jul-15-2018

That was a monster :D

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01:11 Jul-15-2018

NEXT ARTICLE "WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE NVIDIA GRAPHICS CARD MANUFACTURER"

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04:40 Jul-15-2018

Yes brother

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10:08 Jul-15-2018

Why bother lol, thats EVGA in a landslide. It's usually what i recommend to my customers.

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12:00 Jul-15-2018

The only EVGA card I've bought was a 1070 FTW.
The visual appearance was cool, but the cooling design was not sufficient.


Over 60-65% fan speed, there was no reduction in temperatures and the noise would be unbearable.. (even after changing thermal paste)

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22:16 Jul-14-2018

My first card, bought by myself, was from Sapphire (good old ATi RADEON X1900 XT) and so I bought more from them and never had issues. If AMD brings something better than my 1070, I will buy AMD and Sapphire again.

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12:02 Jul-15-2018

Vega :D

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13:15 Jul-15-2018

I love my Vega 64 can't find a single fault with it. On water it doesn't even reach 40°C in an air conditioned room depending on the title, i do cap my fps since i use freesync but i had a deal on it i couldn't pass up.

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16:21 Jul-16-2018

Same here! On water, undervolted, OCd. Amazing performance

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13:31 Jul-17-2018

Vega is performance wise better than 1070, but I also look at power draw and heat output, so Vega isn't an option for me.

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21:43 Jul-14-2018

I never buy brand, I buy products.
I just check who has the best PCBs, the best VRMs, best VRM cooling, best chip cooling. For example some generations XFX has great PCBs, sometimes they have crap ones. Sometimes Asus has good VRMs and VRM cooling, most of the times they don't :D
Sometimes PowerColor has terrible caps, most of the times they don't.

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20:00 Jul-14-2018

Im always going with XFX. I’ve had to use their customer service before and was very impressed. My Fury was artifacting after having it for about a year. I sent it in, they couldnt figure out why, they sent me a brand new one! In a week

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19:34 Jul-14-2018

The one AMD card I used to have years ago was MSI, so I guess I'll pick that.

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19:22 Jul-14-2018

I've had three Gigabyte cards - two 270x and a single 290 with no problems. My one Asus 290 gave up for no reason and they said I modded the card and wouldn't follow the warranty.
My two current are Sapphire. Nothing different from the standard cards but they don't have any Fury x issues like coil whine or pump noises.

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18:11 Jul-14-2018

Asus, only because before I only used reference cards before

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17:11 Jul-14-2018

Asus is pretty good, though it's second to Sapphire. Sapphire really goes beyond with their AMD products.

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16:55 Jul-14-2018

Hmm.. I can't really choose. I used AMD GPUs for -15 years, but I didn't stick with one manufacturer. Well, in the 2000s, I got them from ATI, back when they were still ATI. After AMD bought them and they went entirely with AIB partners for manufacturing, I went from VisionTek (3870, I think), to XFX (5870), to Gigabyte (7870), to Sapphire (290X). I think my 3870 got pretty warm. The 5870 was great, but I had to replace the fans with an aftermarket HSF from Arctic. The 7870 had coil whine and some artifacting problems.

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17:00 Jul-14-2018

I used the 290X the longest, although I had to replace the fans at one point a few months before I switched to nVidia. The Sapphire 290X Tri-X OC was the most powerful GPU I'd owned, until this GTX 1070.
Now, I'm looking into either waiting for the 1100 series, or getting a 1080/1080Ti, avoiding Gigabyte for now, because I still hear about coil whine from them.
I will probably stick with nVidia for a few more years, since I have a G-Sync monitor...but I'll still look into AMD if they release a really powerful single GPU that makes G-Sync irrelevant.

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21:23 Jul-14-2018

I've never used Asus' AMD GPUs, but my 1070 is by Asus, and I've had a lot of luck with Asus products over the past few years (routers, motherboard). My last monitor was Asus, and there wasn't anything wrong with it, though it was over 5 years old and started to seem a bit dim. I would definitely consider Asus for a lot of things, even if their customer support is supposedly terrible..

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