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Which brand of 6870 should I buy? (6 different brands)

post #1 of 12
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All of them are around the same price. Now I am pretty much going with which one has the better heatsink and RMA service. (Also, anyone have experience with PowerColor? Are they a good company with nice RMAing?)

Sapphire - $169.99 - [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Express-100314-2SR/dp/B004E0KV3I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306000456&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100314-2SR: Electronics[/ame]

XFX - $167.99 - [ame="http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Radeon-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-HD687AZNFC/dp/B0047ZH7GE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1306000456&sr=8-2"]Amazon.com: XFX ATI Radeon HD6870 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2x Mini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card HD687AZNFC: Electronics[/ame]

HIS - $179.99 - [ame="http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Eyefinity-Mini-DisplayPort-Express-H687F1G2M/dp/B0047N0XBW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1306000456&sr=8-3"]Amazon.com: HIS Radeon HD 6870 1 GB (256bit) GDDR5 Eyefinity 2x Mini-DisplayPort HDMI 2x DVI (HDCP) Retail (RoHS) PCI Express X16 2.1 Video Card H687F1G2M: Electronics[/ame]

ASUS - $179.99 - [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Eyefinity-EAH6870-DC-2DI2S-1GD5/dp/B004H8C2XO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1306000456&sr=8-4"]Amazon.com: ASUS Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express Dual DVI/HDMI Video Card with Eyefinity EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5: Electronics[/ame]

VisionTek - $199.99 - [ame="http://www.amazon.com/VisionTek-Radeon-Express-Graphics-900338/dp/B0048773MY/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1306000456&sr=8-5"]Amazon.com: VisionTek AMD Radeon HD 6870 1 GB GDDR5 PCI Express HD Video Graphics Card 900338 (Black with Red): Electronics[/ame]

MSI Twin Frozr II - $199.99 - [ame="http://www.amazon.com/MSI-CrossFireX-R6870-Twin-Frozr/dp/B004FPYL88/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1306000456&sr=8-8"]Amazon.com: MSI Radeon HD 6870 1 GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity R6870 Twin Frozr II: Electronics[/ame]
post #2 of 12
i have had good luck with sapphire, XFX, and MSI cards. Can't speak for the rest of them.
post #3 of 12
either XFX or sapphire since its the cheapest right now...
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I bought a sapphire and I'm very happy smile.gif
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post #5 of 12
Personally, I would always go with a reference card, just in case you decide to go WC in the future. A lot of people bash XFX, but I have had good experiences with their cards and the warrantee is solid.

that being said, the XFX, HIS, and VisionTek all appear to be reference cards, go with the cheapest one... XFX. I am sure you are going to get a lot of anecdotal responses here. Good luck making a decision.
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post #6 of 12
I currently have a Sapphire reference design and love it. All the AMD/ATI cards I've owned in the past have been from Sapphire and not one has had an issue. My trusty 2400 AGP Pro is still kicking to this day tongue.gif
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post #7 of 12
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I don't ever plan on WCing btw.
post #8 of 12
Msi hd6870 twin frozrII is the best option,
but its not worth paying $199,
so I would suggest you to get sapphire/asus hd6870,
Hope this helps.
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post #9 of 12
The cheapest one.
    
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post #10 of 12
XFX double lifetime warranty that covers overclocking, nuff said
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