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My open box experience (HD 6970)

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Here is a quick rundown of my experience of buying an Open box GPU from newegg. Currently the cheapest 6970 you can buy new runs $339 with free shipping, and a $20MIR making it $319. I was lucky to stumble on the open box MSI 6970 with reference design for $157.99 shipped.

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Heres the box that came from newegg, it was a little beat up but the contents inside seemed fine. Plus the box is completely accurate!



Upon opening that box that "May Contain Awesome", you see the retail MSI 6970 package.



Opening the box reveals the card in its anti static package underneath a clear plastic window.



Here was the biggest shocker, I believe my card was never opened. Here is the sticky tape used to keep the anti static back closed. I attempted to open the card while keeping this tape nice and neat as it is, absolutely no luck. It's mangled after I opened it.



This card appears to have come with all the accessories. None of which I need, but still kind of nice. Surprisingly it even came with the code for a free 3dMark11 that is unused, not even scratched on the card to reveal the code.



A quick pic of the card.



Installed in my system. Yes one fan on my Hyper212+ is raised because my corsair vengeance ram was too tall to leave it where it is suppose to be. Luckily my CM 690 allows this without a side fan installed.




Performance

I loaded Furmark for 10minutes and left all settings at stock. It runs warm, but I believe that is expected with the reference blower fan design. It does not load over 78C while gaming.



I'm really disappointed that I didn't complete all benchmarks with my 5850 before getting rid of it. But here is what I do have setup.

Quick note: These are not completely accurate. They were taken with two different systems however both systems had the same MSI P67 mobo, i5 2500k at 4.5ghz, and 8Gb corsair vengeance ram.

Another note: I have no idea how the 6950 got 64fps in the Just Cause 2 test that shows it beating the 6970, because vsync is on by default on this game.



Conclusion

I sold my 5850 for $125, that makes this a $33 upgrade, I am very pleased and will definately be buying Open Box and recommending it again.

Thanks

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Lucky u!!!
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Lucky u!!!
Yes I got lucky, but thought someone might benefit seeing a real experience of the open box and how it worked out. I kind of went into this blind, figuring if it didn't work out I wouldn't be out a lot of money/I could send it back/or sell it for the same price.
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Nice. Unfortunately, I had a rather opposite experience with an open box monitor I purchased. Looked like someone was kicking pine-cones at it for weeks as the screen was completely mangled by scratches and dings.
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Lucky indeed!

Although, I have to say - NewEgg open box GPUs are far, far better than taking your chances with, say, open box mobos. I've had excellent luck with open box GPUs (one card DOA, rest were flawless/unopened) but almost every single mobo i've purchased open box had huge issues in the past (don't take chances with open box mobos for a high-end/main rig - only do it for backup rigs, etc).
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Yes I got lucky, but thought someone might benefit seeing a real experience of the open box and how it worked out. I kind of went into this blind, figuring if it didn't work out I wouldn't be out a lot of money/I could send it back/or sell it for the same price.

If you sell it same price OMG that beast will be gone in 60 seconds, lol!!
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post #7 of 25
yeah, lucky for sure. I tried for weeks to land one. Ended up just buying from here.
post #8 of 25
I also picked up one of these 6970s when they were on the Egg.
Awesome deal for a great GPU in fantastic condition.
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Originally Posted by jcde7ago View Post
Lucky indeed!

Although, I have to say - NewEgg open box GPUs are far, far better than taking your chances with, say, open box mobos. I've had excellent luck with open box GPUs (one card DOA, rest were flawless/unopened) but almost every single mobo i've purchased open box had huge issues in the past (don't take chances with open box mobos for a high-end/main rig - only do it for backup rigs, etc).
10 years of buying Open Box says you've just had a bad run of luck.
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10 years of buying Open Box says you've just had a bad run of luck.
This may be true, but regardless, there are some things I am comfortable buying open box and some components where I feel like buying from a trusted seller via the OCN marketplace is a better bet than taking that chance with open box. There are always other ways I can find to save a bit of extra cash, but i've learned now not to compromise on certain parts for my own rigs.
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