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Trying to decide whether to get a Radeon 6870 or a 6850

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My top price is $180

I've been eyeing this card: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L

A lot of people have been saying to stay away from XFX because they don't like to make good on their warranties/rebates..

Can someone help me find deals?
Is it worth it to get a 6870 over a 6850?
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I think its just their rebates that take FOREVER. From what i understand they are good with RMAs. If you have $180 go for the 6870. Also you can find reference 6780s for around $150 all the time here on OCN. Go check it out.

http://www.overclock.net/video/
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The 6850 and 6870 are very similar. You won't notice a significant FPS difference between the GPU's.

I would go with Sapphire over XFX though. Sapphire apparently has very good customer support.
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IMO, not a world of difference 6850 vs 6870, but yea if you got the money, why not go for the higher '70.

sapphire for the win by the way
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Originally Posted by ComradeNF View Post
The 6850 and 6870 are very similar. You won't notice a significant FPS difference between the GPU's.

I would go with Sapphire over XFX though. Sapphire apparently has very good customer support.
So does XfX...

if you're me.
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Ok I'll probably buy the Sapphire one tomorrow.
Also: I haven't really done rebates before.. The warranty is still good even when you have to cut out the UPC label, as long as you have a copy, right?
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I've got an XFX 2GB 6870 and I'm loving it. Performed great in the BF3 beta, and of course does amazing in my other games (World of Tanks, Oblivion, not too demanding games). The 6870 is worth it over the 6850, not a world of a difference in performance, but not in price either. Sapphire is a fantastic to company to buy from as well.
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You can't go wrong with either really, 6870 has a bit more power but at the end of the day, it depends what games you're playing. There's not a huge difference between the two. But that small difference could make all the difference a year or two down the line between a game being playable or not playable. If you can afford it without hurting your pocket, the 6870 is a solid option. Otherwise, you'll be just fine going with the 6850. There's only a hand full of games that even stress most the cards out now days anyways.

rough comparison:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=290
    
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I have the new 6870 installed, and it's been working for 2 days now. It has no trouble with BF: Bad Company 2, except for some really large intensive areas.

However, the card doesn't seem to like certain colors. I'm getting consistent flickering of what looks like the same pixels when they display certain colors.. They flicker white if the color is darkish and black if the color is close to white. I haven't tried seeing if it happens in Ubuntu yet because I'm having trouble getting the drivers to install there.
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