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Which is the best version of the HD 7870?

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SO i have decided to do a gaming PC build. Its a low budget build. You can find the whole thread here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1428554/building-a-pc-500-600-budget-almost-done

I started this thread to ask a simple question, out of the SEVERAL versions of the AMD HD 7870 which is the best?

the HIS, Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, Sapphire etc

I dont have too much money for the GPU, i need the cheapest and the best card.

Please discuss the pros and cons of them. I tried searching on the web but its mostly about the most expensive or the most powerful, I'm asking which one should I pick?

Thanks!
post #2 of 5
Well there are many things that would affect the decision, but i would say the main points would be what resolution would you be playing at and what games?

At resolutions upto 1080p, your main choices would be 7870, 7870xt or 7950 from AMD side and GTX 660ti or GTX 760

I would personally go with the 7950 as it has better price for performance, more Vram, and has more overclock headroom.
post #3 of 5
Where are you situated, and what shops/online retailer do you have access to?

EDIT: Also, I'd suggest a 7870 XT (Tahiti LE) right away since the price is really close to a 7870 in some places.
Edited by neo0031 - 9/24/13 at 4:46am
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Well for starters, EVGA doesn't have any AMD cards tongue.gif

But from personal experience, I think Gigabyte and MSI are the best brands to get when going with any AMD card for both their warranty and their aftermarket coolers. As for NVidia, it's always good to go with EVGA because of their warranty and you never know when your card might go "kaput". Plus they have some decent cooling solutions as well.
post #5 of 5
HIS 7870 IceQ. Much cooler and quieter than other 7870 cards and overclocks very well even though it comes with a factory overclock already. You're silly to get any other 7870. the IceQ cooler is very good. Need to update my sig to reflect it. Try at load at MAX 66c. Idle it gets down to as low as 21c, which is insane. Overclock it doesn't affect temperatures either.
You can overclock it so it reaches or passes stock 7950 levels. Look up the reviews, I ain't wrong.
Edited by chinesekiwi - 9/24/13 at 5:34am
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