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    Default ASUS or Sapphire?

    With the grand tech event coming up (Black Friday), I find myself torn between two names, Sapphire and ASUS. Right now, R9 280's are priced pretty close to the 270x, so if I can shake or dig enough coin out of the couches, then that's where the money will go.

    SAPPHIRE DUAL-X 100373L Radeon R9 280 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Newegg.com
    ASUS DirectCU II R9280-DC2T-3GD5 Radeon R9 280 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Newegg.com

    Also I have a question regarding the 4gig Sapphire 270x
    SAPPHIRE 100364-4GL Radeon R9 270X 4GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card (Dual-X Edition) - Newegg.com

    Is this a typo or, if the price is right, would this be a better deal?

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    Default Re: ASUS or Sapphire?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mystikhol9 View Post
    With the grand tech event coming up (Black Friday), I find myself torn between two names, Sapphire and ASUS. Right now, R9 280's are priced pretty close to the 270x, so if I can shake or dig enough coin out of the couches, then that's where the money will go.

    SAPPHIRE DUAL-X 100373L Radeon R9 280 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Newegg.com
    ASUS DirectCU II R9280-DC2T-3GD5 Radeon R9 280 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Newegg.com

    Also I have a question regarding the 4gig Sapphire 270x
    SAPPHIRE 100364-4GL Radeon R9 270X 4GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card (Dual-X Edition) - Newegg.com

    Is this a typo or, if the price is right, would this be a better deal?
    If you go to SapphireTech site they list that 270x with "up to 1280 stream processors" So I am guess the 2048 is a typo. No it is not a better deal than a 280x with 3GB. At 199 or less for a 280x is a freaking great deal.

    Sapphire VS Asus. performance will be very close. The Asus is clocked a little more aggressively but that can be offset but manually overclocking. Does one match your built color theme a little better than the other? Does that even matter? IMHO get which ever one is cheap enough to fit your budget when they go on sale.
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    Default Re: ASUS or Sapphire?

    ^this.

    Binning consistency between the two manufacturers is pretty good (the 290X Matrix Platinum being an exception), so basically whichever one you can afford/looks better to you.

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    Default Re: ASUS or Sapphire?

    I will say that the Asus RMA is a ROYAL PAIN to deal with. Oh the flip side, they do make some great products so having to RMA should be the exception. Haven't had to deal with sapphire yet.

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    Default Re: ASUS or Sapphire?

    I have an ASUS R9 280X OC card and it's a great performer. It is in a PC along with an HIS 280X OC running in crossfire.

    I recently bought a Sapphire R9 280X, but mine is the Toxic with a 3 fan cooler. I run it by itself and it's wicked fast.
    Soon, I'll have all three of them in one system. I can't wait.

    Though mine aren't the same exact models, I can speak to the quality of both of the brands you're considering.

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    Default Re: ASUS or Sapphire?

    Quote Originally Posted by joshjaks View Post
    I will say that the Asus RMA is a ROYAL PAIN to deal with. Oh the flip side, they do make some great products so having to RMA should be the exception. Haven't had to deal with sapphire yet.

    I have had to RMA with both. ASUS was not easy but they took care of me in the end. Sapphire has always been top knotch with me. I roasted a couple of 7950s and I got replacements sent back 1 week after I shipped cards to them.
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    Default Re: ASUS or Sapphire?

    sapphire!
    You don't know me and that's the way i like it!

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