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Hi guys, I will be buying a 7970 from my sold gtx 570 plus my cash. But I'm thinking about getting a powercolor over the sapphire brand.

I could get the sapphire 7970 for about $580 while the powercolor for $520. It's about $60 difference.

What should I get? Is there any difference other than the accessories? The only thing I can only think of is the included active mini displayport dongle free with sapphire which is sold about $30. I could get it from my mom's and not from my budget. Should I go with powercolor?
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Since they are all reference cards it shouldn't make much of a difference. It comes down to warranty, accessories, availability, and price. I got Sapphire because that's what was available at the time. I've had good luck with it, so I would recommend it. I can't speak for Powercolor, but I haven't heard of any brand of the reference cards being consistently better than the others.
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Sapphire. Only because I support them

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Umm the xfx black edition doyble d is only one different but dont get an xfx unless u buy from store they have half good warranty

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What's different about them? I think they cost way too much.
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Sapphire or XFX
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Powercolors are bad brands?
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all HD 7970 atm are w/ stock cooling but I saw a Asus for 640 $ w/ better cooling
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Anandtech did a review of the Sapphire 7950 and the XFX Double d 7950 and stated that XFX bit the bullet on cooling. They said the XFX version runs HOT and LOUD. I am personally a fan of sapphire specifically. They make great cards & IMO have great coolers.

 

I know your asking about a 7970 but IMO I would not go with XFX. If oyu want to read the article here it is

 

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5476/amd-radeon-7950-review/1

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