The best (as in works best out of the box, not enthusiast) ati brands. Read further for my story/question, but the poll is for, best ati card brand that works in every regard without updates, fixes, mods, out of the box good.
I think I might have already posted this once but cannot find it (somewhere in the back of my mind I recall something about it).
This is not a what card to buy thread. After cyber monday and after I got 2-3 spare cards, but had issues, I was wondering about what brand was good, and if others had had issues with some.
Long story short, I have had many ati built cards (I'm a cheap bastard, I didn't buy ati built because it was good, it just happened to be what was on clearance for a frigging damn good deal).
I bought an his card (2600xt when they first came out and were expensive). It seemed to be fine till I started watcing tv online (hulu), and all online video was black and white on the tv (secondary dispaly in theatre mode).
So I got a sapphire 2600 pro recently (step down but I bought it for the deal), and it plays fine, but when rebooting, the second display rolls till windows opens (I am guessing it sending an incompatible resolution till windows opens and does settings)? After windows welcome screen apears, all is good. I also got a saphire 2600xt (haven't tried it yet but I prebuy parts when they are cheap and it was 40$, not tax, free shipping), and honestl;y, I have newegg buyers remorse a little.
'I almost forgot the x1600 pro. I got it out of a bin, used but complete for 5$ (thats right 5$!!!!!!) at circuit city. I'm still sd and those damn ati to composite adapters are expensive and I need one. about 16$ shipped from ati, standard adapters dont work, so 5$ for a 16$ adapter!!!!! The vid card works great (didn't use it for a few months but its fine), and other adapters to boot... the x1600 works better than either 2600xt, and its ati built.
The point is, every single ati build card just works. The his and saphire dont (not saying defective, could be software , could be fixable). What is a good brand? Is ati build that much better? Do all these cheapos have problems of some sort? What good aftermarket brands of ati cards do you like?
Fyi this Is not a fastest card thread (I have done my share of oc on cpu or vid including a 9550 128 bit that will DOUBLE power because its a 9600 core), but a what card works out of the box for an idiot.
Of course recommendations on my problems are welcome, but maybe pm me so we can keep this a brand thread.
Best ati brand (mid to budget cards, there are ample threads out there for high end gaming cards).