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XFX VS Gigabyte VS Sapphire for a 6870?

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I'm upgrading from an 8800GT that just died on me, to a 6870, as it seems like the best bang for the buck card in the 150-200 dollar range. Here's a comparison between all three:

Comparisons on NewEgg

I'm leaning towards the XFX for the lifetime warranty.

Thoughts?
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post #2 of 18
I'm partial to sapphire, but they are all good brands.

Inb4 10 pages of xfx bashing.
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post #3 of 18
Like stated above...all good brands. As you see in my sig, I opt for XFX because of their warranty and I've never had a problem with XFX products...Guess I'm fortunate
post #4 of 18
Personally I'd vote for the Asus model.
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I used to have issues with XFX but they always gave me good service, i started with a 7900 GT years ago, it fried, RMA and got an 8600 GTS in return It fried >_< they sent a 9600 GSO and it fried! Sent yet another 9600 GSO, been fine since (over a year) I don't know why all the others died though...
But i replaced the cooler on the GSO with a silent one from arctic cooling, it's huge, and so i guess that's why i have no issues, it's been folding for 6 months straight. But, yeah, i love XFX. They always serviced my cards quickly and gave me upgrades
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Only MSI
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post #7 of 18
BTW...If you decide to go with the XFX version, I recommend you get this version http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-521-_-Product

I had switched from the reference for that and the temps are much better
post #8 of 18
Can't you find a 6950 1GB model for around your price point?

Edit: derp nevermind, maybe in the for sale section here. But back on topic, I would go with a nicer MSI model or ASUS.
    
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post #9 of 18
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Can you guys link to the MSI or Asus models around the 150-200 dollar price point?
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post #10 of 18
If you want the best 6870, buy this MSI 6870 Hawk... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-560-_-Product

If you do not want to go over $200 then buy the ASUS DirectCU 6870... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...21418&Tpk=6870
Edited by drBlahMan - 5/11/11 at 11:29am
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