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Looking at these two HD 6850's from newegg. One is by XFX the other, Sapphire.

XFX 6850

Sapphire Toxic 6850

Just curious as to which one you would pick and why?
All things like performance, cooling, looks, longevity to be considered.

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post #2 of 22
toxic

because their cooling is usually amazing
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post #3 of 22
I've always liked the heatsink design on that XFX model. I think that I would go for it regardless of whether or not it supports voltage control. Also, I hate turbine exhaust models

You may want to consider this powercolor model:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131374

I used it for a few weeks and enjoyed it. It lacks voltage control but it runs fairly cool and quiet (Not silent, but not bad) - It often goes on sale. The red PCB is a turn-off though IMO.
    
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The fan design on the XFX is indicative of quieter cooling at the same cooling capacity. In terms of performance, the Sapphire comes with a higher stock clock but the XFX should be able to do that easily as well, it is not much of an overclock. Loops would depend on your own preference, though I like the XFX design, and longevity would be determined by the amount you overclock, but the XFX does come with lifetime warranty as opposed to Sapphire's 2 year warranty. The XFX is also only 164.99 after MIR.
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post #5 of 22
I'm a sucker for sapphire, it would be fun to turn this into a poll

A lot of people on these forums have had horrible experiences with XFX, especially their cards... but I cannot say anything personally as I haven't owned an xfx product.

GO WITH THE GUT MAN!!!
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post #6 of 22
Skip the XFX.
    
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post #7 of 22
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HA 4 post and its half and half (:
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post #8 of 22
i love Sapphire but havent tried XFX so im biased.
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post #9 of 22
I have had 4 xfx cards in the past, and they all worked great. They never had to be RMA'd, so I can;t comment on that, but they all served their purpose
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Is anyone here actually running one of these cards? Im curious as to how well each of them cools, temps?
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