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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 Toshiba BTR80 on Toshiba Satellite S1950-801 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 Toshiba BTR80 on Toshiba Satellite S1950-801 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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