Originally Posted by oats2012
I'd prolly go EZ edition. seems to be less issues, lighter stock heatsink so card shouldn't bend or sag as much over time if at all. The sound will get annoying though unless you're deaf lol (i never had sound issues but this card pissed me off a little it was so loud at first before getting used to it), but thats an easy fix with some tinkering lol. seems the saphire xt cards may be a little bit better OC on the core and better stock coolers but really all these cards are mid range in AMD eyes so they all seems of equal quality. just be prepared to tweak a bunch in settings and maybe the cooler if it bugs you. but dollar for dollar its a rediculous deal, and its been a lot of fun
i think this card will max your machine abit but should be no problems to get good performance from ddr2, but maybe a haswell upgrade is in your future after the card?
you'll be blown away by the upgrade so enjoy it bud!
Thanks for your recommendation.
Ordered that sucker last night. I love tweaking my machine, so I think the 7870 will be a good fit. And yes, looking forward I will have to upgrade my machine in the next year. I will be looking to buy another intel CPU, perhaps the i5 3570k will be my upgrade once the new haswell gen cpus come to light and make their predecessors cheaper.
I've been using this rig since 2007 and it's been nothing but a CHAMP! Intel makes great CPUs, pretty much a fanboy at this point
. My q6600 has been @ 3.6GHz on air cooling for almost 3 years straight now, a testament to intel cpu durability. I could only imagine what ddr3 is like with a high OC and a nice new CPU along with 7870s in crossfire.
Someday soon my friend!
Originally Posted by Bluesman
The EZ card is a Tahiti LE but is not the same quality as the Myst or Sapphire Tahiti. The MSI card you indicate is NOT a Myst Tahiti LE card.
I am using DDR2 and I still have competitive benchmarks and game marks with others. Not a problem at all.
Good to know another member is on ddr2 w/ the 7870. I decided on going with the EZ edition anyways man. Thanks for your input and clarification about the MSI card though. I will post my overclocking results once I get the card later this week. Looking for 1200-1250 on stock voltage. What were your 3dmark11 scores?