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Hey guys,
I am doing some market research before I buy a new AMD/ATI graphics card for my 4 year old rig, and I have recently concluded that AMD/ATI Radeon HD 6970 is the right card for me.
However, when I was checking prices, I came across several Radeon HD 6970's, with different designators. Instead of "ATI/AMD" they were designated XFX, ASUS and GIGABYTE. Interestingly, these cards, though apparently the same model, had different appearance, different fan configurations, and
even different price.
Look here:
http://www.bestprice.gr/search?q=radeon+hd+6970
Asus Radeon HD 6970 2GB [EAH6970 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5]http://www.overclock.net/forums/threads/full_editor/posttype/newthread/fullpageid/67#
180
336.5 Euro, 2 fans.
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Gigabyte Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 [GV - R697OC - 2GD]
180
343.91 Euro, 3 fans
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XFX Radeon HD6970 2GB (HD - 697A - CNFC)
180
315.35 Euro, 1 fan (lol?)
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MSI Radeon HD6970 Lightning 2GB (R6970 Lightning)
180
364.54€=, 2 fans
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Aren't all these cards the same make & model? If yes, why are they selling them at diff prices and why do they carry diff designators? Also, why
some of those cards only have one fan, others have 2 fans and others have 3 fans? Lol? Isn't there a model standard?
In addition, XFX appears to have bad reputation for selling 2nd-hand/refurbished parts. Apparently, that's the reason theya re selling lower than everybody else.
Look here:
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Cons: I have sent back 3 out of 4 video cards in the last 3 years, Black editions their top of the line, caution a lot of their cards are refurbished.
Other Thoughts: Dont buy any XFX video cards, go with EVGA. I am a Network Security Administrator I deal with computer hardware all day, don't waste your money on XFX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-150-517&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=2#scrollFullInfo
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Also, here's my rig:
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2318604
MOBO GA-P35-DS4 http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2745#ov
Do you guys find any reason why HD 6970 won't work with my rig? I have already got a 850W PSU installed BTW, and I am running Radeon HD 5830.
Thanks in advance for your input.

i would say the best is the MSI amongest them but really really recommend a 7870 which is for the same or the approx price here are some reviews that might change your mind

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/52165-amd-radeon-hd-7870-hd-7850-review.html

www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_Cu_II/

www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4595/amd_radeon_hd_7870_2gb_reference_video_card_review/index.html

http://www.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-radeon-hd-7870-oc-review/

Hope that helped smile.gif
post #12 of 15
here is what i think might just help you more i can see the 7870 is cheaper have a look here (sorry had t0 use goog;e translater i cant understand greek rolleyes.gif)
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestprice.gr%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dradeon%2Bhd%2B6970&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=UTF-8

and the price here
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zizanio.de%2Feshop.php%3Faction%3Darticle_detail%26s_supplier_aid%3D2579656%26ref%3Dbestprice.gr&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=ISO-8859-1

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zizanio.de%2Feshop.php%3Faction%3Darticle_detail%26s_supplier_aid%3D2579657%26ref%3Dbestprice.gr&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=ISO-8859-1


Good luck buddy buzz the thread if you need help smile.gif
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/amd-hd3d/Pages/3d-desktop-graphics.aspx#2

^^According to the above, the only 7xxx 3D gaming capable card is HD 7970. It requires "Minimum 4GB of system memory" , does not support Windows XP, and is a PCI 3.0 card.

I really doubt that PCI 3.0 cards will perform well on my 4-year old PCI 2.0 MOBO. In addition, I don't want to upgrade from Windows XP at this stage. I want to put this off for another couple of years when I will change all of my rig and get a new MOBO, CPU, and sound card.

I am very, very happy with my QX 9650. It has the performance of an overclocked Core I7 2500 according to the SANDRA benchmarks, and I can run my favourite MMORG, SW TOR at max resolution and settings with 40-60 FPS. The reason I am buying this card is to keep up for another two years before I upgrade everything.

My QX 9650 has been working perfectly and flawlessly since March 2008, overclocked at 3.79 GHZ.

Thanks to all for their help. It's appreciated.
QX 9650: Retired
(17 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Asus P5Q DELUXE Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Super Overclock GSKILL Trident Extreme Performance Memory F2-88... 
RAMRAMRAMHard Drive
GSKILL Trident Extreme Performance Memory F2-88... GSKILL Trident Extreme Performance Memory F2-88... GSKILL Trident Extreme Performance Memory F2-88... Western Digital Caviar Blue 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Blue Thermaltake Frio Overclock King Windows 7 Professional  Philips FTV 32PFL5605H, 32'' 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Comfort Curve Silverstone Strider Gold, 850W Cooler Master Cosmos RC 1000 Microsoft Intelli Mouse 
Audio
SoundBlaster Audigy 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium 4 Northwood@2.8 GHz Socket m478PGA Intel 845 PE Brookdale based Toshiba BTR80 on T... Nvidia GeForce4 460 Go DDR1 1GB 
RAMHard DriveOS
DDR1 1GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVE 250GB Windows XP 32bit Home Edition 
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QX 9650: Retired
(17 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Asus P5Q DELUXE Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Super Overclock GSKILL Trident Extreme Performance Memory F2-88... 
RAMRAMRAMHard Drive
GSKILL Trident Extreme Performance Memory F2-88... GSKILL Trident Extreme Performance Memory F2-88... GSKILL Trident Extreme Performance Memory F2-88... Western Digital Caviar Blue 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Blue Thermaltake Frio Overclock King Windows 7 Professional  Philips FTV 32PFL5605H, 32'' 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Comfort Curve Silverstone Strider Gold, 850W Cooler Master Cosmos RC 1000 Microsoft Intelli Mouse 
Audio
SoundBlaster Audigy 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium 4 Northwood@2.8 GHz Socket m478PGA Intel 845 PE Brookdale based Toshiba BTR80 on T... Nvidia GeForce4 460 Go DDR1 1GB 
RAMHard DriveOS
DDR1 1GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD2500BEVE 250GB Windows XP 32bit Home Edition 
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post #14 of 15
DONT go for 69xx it`s old technology more pricey, doesnt have ASIC test quality, more temepratures, even hd 7850 in crossfire would be better than 6970 Cfx
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The performance you need, the technology you deserve: the AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 GPU offers full support for DirectX® 11.1 with the revolutionary 28nm GCN Architecture—your games and apps have never had it this good.
The next generation of AMD Eyefinity technology is here, featuring all-new support for stereo 3D, universal bezel compensation and brand new display configurations. Face it: the best just got better.1,2
Armed with the new PCI Express 3.0 standard, multi-GPU configurations with AMD CrossFire™ technology are just another way to obliterate the competition with the revolutionary AMD Radeon™ HD 7850.3,4
Leave no performance behind. Get higher clocks and faster gaming with AMD PowerTune technology on the AMD Radeon™ HD 7850.5
Fold and mine faster than ever with AMD App Acceleration powered by the unprecedented 28nm GCN Architecture.6
The market isn’t ready for 4k video, but Radeon™ is. Featuring full support for HDMI® (with 4k) and DisplayPort 1.2 HBR2, the AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 is set for quad HD.
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AMD HD3D technology5
Stereoscopic 3D display/glasses support
Blu-ray 3D support
Stereoscopic 3D gaming
3rd party Stereoscopic 3D middleware software support

700

more reviews

http://www.overclock.net/t/1224758/various-amd-radeon-7850-7870-reviews
Edited by PontiacGTX - 4/3/12 at 2:14pm
post #15 of 15
i cant see anything mention in the min system requirements on official AMD site HERE and the only thing i found is they arent providing driver of 7xxx series for XP y wont u move to win 7 ? you can get windows 7 for free have a look at THIS

and about the PCIe issue i dont think it should be a problem have a look HERE and HERE

Hope that answered you doubts and helped you smile.gif
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