I've read enough about the cooling problems with XFX, and hearing that their customer service isn't that great. The Sapphire for 150.00 at Newegg is more tempting to me, but still waiting to see what happens on BF.
EDIT: Geez, someone at Amazon is being weird. It keeps flipping between $20 and $40 rebates. Or is it automated?
At 149.99, the Sapphire is hands-down the safer bet.
I bought this card from amazon a couple weeks ago (november 3rd). I had to order extension cables for the 6 pin pcie power cables, so I ordered those and in the mean time sent in the rebate. When the cables arrived I hooked up the card and it worked great that night but was dead in the morning. I immediately returned the card through amazon and was promptly refunded the money. It looks like my rebate might still go through though, and now I'm contemplating picking up the sapphire or maybe just holding off a while longer.
I've had no problems with XFX customer service. I had the 8800gt with double lifetime warranty. Card died after three years, I contacted customer service, and they replaced it with an even better card with no hassles. I guess experiences may vary, just thought I'd share mine.
I have a XFX Radeon HD 6950 2gb, the single fan version. My card is supposed to be one of XFX's "hottest" running cards, and while the temps aren't overly cool, ever since I got proper airflow in my case, the card doesn't EVER run above 74c fully loaded, and usually more like 71-72c while fully loaded. I'm comfortable with these temps, some people freak out and think its way too hot but the truth is these cards can handle upwards of 90c before stuff gets wonky, and 75-80c long-term without any real damage. I haven't had any experiences with XFX's double lifetime warranty because there hasn't been anything wrong with my card, but I like the sound of it and I've heard both good and bad things about it, so we'll see if my card ever craps out. Basically point of this post is I wouldn't worry about XFX running so hot that it isn't worth buying as long as you have proper air flow in your case.
My XFX customer service has proved to be a positive experience... however, I've had to use them WAY TOO MUCH. I've bought at least ten XFX cards over the past year to use in customer's computer builds and 4 of them have been faulty within a few months of use. One out right died, the other three developed artifacts and would eventually cause blue screens / crashing.
They've always issued RMA's in a timely manor as well as gotten me my replacements fast but really when 40% of your product has a defective rate that really isn't much of a condolence.
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