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I just sold my GTS 450 off so I could get a better card, and I'm torn between these 2 cards I found. The 2 I'm trying to decide between are 1: A Sapphire 5850 Vapor-x, and 2: A Gigabyte 6870 with the 3 fan cooler.

I found the 6870 on ebay for 170$, and the 5850 Vapor-x is only 140, and they both have better coolers than the normal models.

I also read that the 6870 is "slightly faster" than the 5850 in some cases, but they kind of trade blows. I can't decide which one to go with.

Yes I'm going to be overclocking, and I'll be overclocking as much as possible. An aftermarket cooler is not out of the question as long as the total stays below about 180. I don't know if the 5850 runs hotter, and even if I get an aftermarket cooler, if it would OC as well as a 6870.

Here are links to both. Newegg for reference pics on the Gigabyte, I wouldn't be buying it from there.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125357&Tpk=gigabyte%206870

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sapphire-Radeon-hd-5850-Vapor-X-edition-ATI-AMD-/230769422091?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item35baedef0b

Oh yea, and noise is completely irrelevant to me. It could be as loud as a GTX 480 for all I care rolleyes.gif
Edited by lostmage - 3/30/12 at 3:21pm
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Just a thought, that with the 6870, if you want to OC and change voltages it needs to be a reference model in order to do it through MSI Afterburner. If it is none reference then you will have to do some hardware mods.
 
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Just a thought, that with the 6870, if you want to OC and change voltages it needs to be a reference model in order to do it through MSI Afterburner. If it is none reference then you will have to do some hardware mods.

Well thats really good to know, thanks. I wouldn't want a reference 6870 since the heatsinks and cooling on reference models are generally worse. Looks like I'm gonna be going with the 5850. Not being able to get a reasonable OC is a dealbreaker for me.
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Hi there, might I just join the conversation and add that buying a 5xxx series card from AMD is 2 generations "behind" not that that is a bad thing, but I would certainly also be considering the newer GPUs in the 7xxx series. Even the low end ones will have significant benefits over older models (and 28nm overclocks like heaven). I personally own a GTX 680 and it overclocks VERY nicely. Yes, it is a different league, but even low-mid range cards in 28 nm should be very good overclockers. In the end, you have to make your own decision but that would be my little "addition".

For cooling, I don't know if you have a Water Cooling setup already or are thinking of getting one, but for very stable, cool and safe overclocks high-end aftermarket coolers or water cooling is recommended. Yes, these non-reference cards have better coolers, but with overclocks will still run quite hot.

Cheers, Dave
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