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Some advice.....non ref 5870 vs ref 6870

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Right I'm looking to upgrade my GFX and have kinda decided on one of the above

6870 ref
XFX 5870 non ref

Now I'm not interested in overclocking either card and the reviews I've read basically put them near together.

I game at anything between 13XX x XXX and 1920 x1080, with BF:BC2, Crysis 1 & 2, Metro etc etc being played.

The price I've found them puts them within a couple of £££ of each other too

So question is which is going to be best?
    
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Stay away form the nonreference XFX cards, they really cheap out on the pcb and components.

In this case, get the 6870.

The 5870 is the faster card though.
    
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5870, faster.
    
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the 5870 is much faster, but get a non xfx 5870,its better quality.
    
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wasn't the cheap PCB thing of the past for XFX?
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All ref 5870's appear to be much more expensive compared to the non ref one I've found. It's looking likely that I'll go 6870 unless there are other alternatives......
    
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Originally Posted by 182515 View Post
the 5870 is much faster, but get a non xfx 5870,its better quality.
slightly at most and is last gen card..go with the 6870.
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the xfx 6870 gets reduced to £130 on ebuyer every so often.. so watch out
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Originally Posted by goldboy View Post
wasn't the cheap PCB thing of the past for XFX?
noooo they are making cheapo 6970's now.. I compared it to my reference I had and it was crap! I sent it back and managed to track down another brand new reference card.
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noooo they are making cheapo 6970's now.. I compared it to my reference I had and it was crap! I sent it back and managed to track down another brand new reference card.
he's looking at a ref 6870.
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