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Poll Results: XFX or Not XFX?

Poll expired: May 18, 2011  
  • 28% (6)
    Yes! XFX rocks!
  • 38% (8)
    No! XFX never!
  • 33% (7)
    Get the cheapest one.
21 Total Votes  
post #1 of 19
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Hello.

Well, I've enjoyed my HD 5850 for a while.. Without problems. But I'm selling it and buying a HD 6870 Card. I'll crossfire it later.

But I have been reading lot of bad stuff about XFX. The warranty and all that stuff... And lot of goods thing about XFX as well.
So My question is: Should I buy XFX HD 6870? Or what brand do you recommend?

Thanks!

Edit: I was thinking I should get nVidia card? What card do you guys think would be as good as 6870?
Edited by age_ruler1 - 5/13/11 at 2:20pm
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Had both Gigabyte and HIS 6870's and they were both great. The Gigabyte since release day until a month ago and the HIS for about 2 months.

Just remember the blower coolers are loud as crap but work ok. If your not going to water cool later down the track go for a card with better cooling i.e. Gigabyte or MSI with twin fans
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The problem is that I like the referenced versions... And XFX makes some sick designes even on the reference version... And I've been reading some review in Newegg and everyone seems to be happy with their XFX card...
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I'd pass on XFX unless it's a reference card- between their cheaply made custom PCBs and consistently bad customer service it's a thumbs down accross the board in my book.
They're going to have to work VERY hard to shift my (and many others) perspective on this.

Secondly - why are you going from a 5850 to 6870?
It's essentially a complete side-step save for the tesellation and slightly better scaling.

If you're going to upgrade I'd at least get a 6950 if you're staying w/ AMD.
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Candy, So you are saying XFX referenced cards are ok?

I'm switching 'cuz I want to crossfire it later and 5850 sucks at CF. biggrin.gif
Besdies tessalation and way less power consumption. And I don't need to buy another PSU to crossfire the 6870s. While I would need to get another PSU to CF 5850s.. -.-
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Originally Posted by age_ruler1 View Post
Candy, So you are saying XFX referenced cards are ok?
Yep those are fine - they're just AMD reference PCB/coolers with an aftermarket sticker slapped on it.

Bare in mind what others have expressed regarding their customer service though (or lacktherefof); and that if you need to RMA you might get a non-reference exchange.
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Why not pick up the new sapphire 5850 and crossfire? that thing is dirt cheap
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Not a fan of XFX. I'd go with Asus, MSI, Sapphire, HIS or Visiontek.
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Why not pick up the new sapphire 5850 and crossfire? that thing is dirt cheap smile.gif

Because 5850 SUCK at scaling and lot of cfing bugs, frame issues and all sort of problems... Thats why I don't CF the 5850.
Besdies 6870 comsumes less power then the 5850. When you pay the bills, this comes into consideration. tongue.gif
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Candy, So you are saying XFX referenced cards are ok?

I'm switching 'cuz I want to crossfire it later and 5850 sucks at CF.
Besdies tessalation and way less power consumption. And I don't need to buy another PSU to crossfire the 6870s. While I would need to get another PSU to CF 5850s.. -.-
I think what is surprising everyone is your choice to loose some of your 3d processing power. AMD changed their naming conventions for their card performance. If your system is being used for gaming or folding the HD5850 is a more powerful card than the HD6870. In fact you would loose quite a few stream processors until you did crossfire the 6870 and at that point in games the x-fired 6870's will loose their power use advantage. In my recommended opinion I would sit on the 5850 and wait for the HD7xxx series cards this fall or go HD6950 or GTX560ti or better.
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