You're being WAYYYYYYY to paranoid imo.
The 5850 has it's problems, but so does every other card on the planet. Most of those are probably caused by overheating, not being seated properly, driver bugs, faulty cards, etc. Most of which can be fixed, or the card can be returned to where you bought it from.
Newegg has a really good return policy I've heard. I never had to use it since I have yet to have a part I bought be broken, but if what I've heard is true, if you have issues you can just return it.
Just buy an extended warranty and you'll be covered. Worries solved.
or buy xfx get double life time
XFX have good warranties donīt+ they?
You do indirectly pay for the XFX warranty, though. My view is this: What person that buys high end GPUs is going to keep one for more than a couple of years? Most brands offer a warranty around 3 years, which is all you really need.
I've had the SAPPHIRE HD5850 for about 3 months now. I haven't had anything bad happen what so ever, everything still runs nicely...i think you're just a bit paranoids, some cards are bad but most are good. just hope you have good luck
you might wanna wait for the gtx 470 to be released
Thanks for all the replies.
You can type anything into youtube/google and it will show at least one or more problems.
Just get a fucking 5850 unless you want to buy the $100 more 285 for the same/less frame rate.
I have a Sapphire 5870 and I constantly get the GSOD.
well RMA it then
I've had no problems whatsoever with my 5850. Had it for about 2 1/2 months now. Overclocked to 900MhZ/1150MhZ core/mem as well, they run pretty cool.
I'd say go for the 5850. Just look up return policies and warranties from wherever you buy from in case you ever have problems.
Mine runs fine and can overclock like a bitch.
1000MhZ core and 1100MhZ Memory.
Fuck Sapphire, I'll never buy another product from them again. I had to RMA a card twice, both had artifacting immediately after installing. Even formatted for the second. I'm out $20 for shipping for returns. NEVER BUY FROM THEM. I can't reiterate just how pissed I am, words can't say. :bang:
I have the Diamond 5850. When I first got it I got the GSOD and the blue bars, but after Catalyst 10.2 almost EVERY problem I've had with this card is gone. The only problem left is that I don't have another to Crossfire.
Go with HIS if you want neato cooling and XFX if you are a paranoid dude
Sapphire is kinda all round
Don't go for shit like Sparkle or Diamond etc.. Powercolor are cheap and DECENT but stick with HIS and XFX IIWU
I had heard good things about sapphire, that's why I went with them originally. I'd rather Spend another 10 on an XFX card for the warrenty now.
This sounds worrying, I'm about to buy a 5850, not sure if from Sapphire though
i dont know about sparkle, but diamond deffinetly not
Four people in this topic says they haven't had any issues and another four people replied saying they've had issues.
I understand that no graphics card is perfect, and I will never find a card that has a 0 percent failure rate. However, going by this topic alone (I know the flaws in that), is it too much to ask for a manufacturer to produce a card that has less than 50%?
I'm going to need to see how the GTX 400 series runs before purchasing a 5850. Once again, thanks for your advice, time, information, and replies.
People that are happy with this card are just too busy playing Just Cause 2 to post about it in this thread.
I want to get 5850 from XFX, but it seems they're out of stock on newegg.