Right around Christmas, my beloved Ti-4600 crapped out on me....no big deal, it was a year and a half old and had been overclocked quite a bit. Even though it was out of warranty, ABIT replaced it for me for only $25, so far so good.
When I received my replacement card I knew immediately that something was up. The card was having problems running at the default clock speeds and would frequently cause lock ups...more than likely a crapily refurbed card. Two nights ago I was playing some UT2004 and the videocard overheated, got mad amounts of artifacts and I shut off the computer. Remind you, this thing isn't overclocked even 1mhz. On rebootal of the computer, there are rows of !!!!! (exclamation points) on the screen and most everything is incomprehendible...the card definitely fried itself. I replaced it for the time being with my friend's extra mx440 and it works fine (slow, but fine) and promptly signed up for another RMA with ABIT, seeing as the card was only 2 months old.
Today I receive this e-mail in my box:
This is ***** from Abit RMA dept.
We had received your RMA request today.
The request# is ******.
Sorry we had run out of GF4 TI4600 VGA card right now.
Can we upgrade you from GF4 TI4600 to FX5600 XT (with accessory
and not any other charge). You can go our website to search the information
about this VGA card. Please let me know you want to accept this upgrade or not.
They are offering me a total horse **** card that is clearly not an "UPGRADE" of any kind, in fact, it is a serious downgrade (about 5 thousand 3dmarks and 33% general frame rate loss). The card also retails for about $40 less than a TI-4600 I replied telling them that I would gladly accept an FX5700 Ultra, as it is comparable in price and performance to my Ti-4600, but it is wrong of them to try to offer potentially vulnerable customers a falsley claimed upgrade. I chose ABIT because of their performance reputation, not for a budget bin DX9 wannabe card.