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I'm going to be buying a 270X soon, which brand would you guys recommend?

So far I've looked at:
-The Gigabyte Windforce, which is a little cheaper than the others and comes with Battlefield 4.
-The Sapphire TOXIC, which scores a bit higher in review benchmarks and has overall better customer reviews on Amazon and Newegg.
-The MSI HAWK, which I can't find much information about but seems to be towards the higher end and is priced the same as the Sapphire.

I've been hearing bad things about the Gigabyte build quality but that seems unusual to me as I'm used to using Gigabyte motherboards and have never had any issues there.
I don't have a lot to spend so the savings from the Gigabyte would be welcome, while I don't want to skimp either and it's probably a better idea to get the best possible card even if it's a little more expensive. While the Sapphire is faster out of the box, I assume I will have some overclock headroom on the Gigabyte unless it's volt-locked.

Also, is there any reason to get a 4Gb VRAM model over the 2Gb?






Edited by Dansrage - 3/1/14 at 8:42pm
post #2 of 24
For GPUs I think Sapphire is quite solid.

I have a new Gigabyte motherboard A88X chipset and I am having to use a beta bios, Gigabyte may be slipping, I knew there Z77 chipsets boards were very solid that's why I chose them.
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I've got a gigabyte 7870 windforce and it is pretty beastly. Though do not be disappointed if it doesn't overclock well. Use it at stock for a month or so and bump the gpu to 1150 and memory to 1400 and have 7950 stock stats. And the 4gb model might be appealing, bf4 puts the memory usage at 1.8gb, so the 4gb is very useful. Just do not try to upgrade the bios.
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I have never had a problem with Sapphire. Always have been solid but I also have never had gigabyte anything. Either way my vote goes to sapphire!
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i personally like the msi cards. i have had several over the years and i know for a fact that all of them are still working and being used to this day.

8400gs, 8600gtx, 9800gxt, 5850, 6850, 7850. zero issues with any of them and they all overclocked quite well.

that being said gigabyte pissed me off and has lost all of my business. 3 customer builds all with dead mobos in the last 3 months.

though the gtx 770 i put in the last build was a gigabyte windforce. still working fine. though its only been 3 weeks.

have had a couple saphire cards. 5850 6870. both ran fine with no issues, didn't clock as well as the msi cards and ran hotter but they worked fine.


as far as 4gb vs 2gb it depends on your needs and future proofing. honestly if your never going to play anything over 1080p resolution you probably don't need more than 2gb vram. but some games like skyrim will still use more than 2gb even at 1080p.

for future proofings sake i would say drop the extra $$$$ and get the 4gb version.
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by Dansrage View Post

I'm going to be buying a 270X soon, which brand would you guys recommend?

So far I've looked at:
-The Gigabyte Windforce, which is a little cheaper than the others and comes with Battlefield 4.
-The Sapphire TOXIC, which scores a bit higher in review benchmarks and has overall better customer reviews on Amazon and Newegg.
-The MSI HAWK, which I can't find much information about but seems to be towards the higher end and is priced the same as the Sapphire.

I've been hearing bad things about the Gigabyte build quality but that seems unusual to me as I'm used to using Gigabyte motherboards and have never had any issues there.
I don't have a lot to spend so the savings from the Gigabyte would be welcome, while I don't want to skimp either and it's probably a better idea to get the best possible card even if it's a little more expensive. While the Sapphire is faster out of the box, I assume I will have some overclock headroom on the Gigabyte unless it's volt-locked.

Also, is there any reason to get a 4Gb VRAM model over the 2Gb?

When I'm looking at getting a graphics card, I usually look up the make and model of the card to check feedback at Newegg, see if there is a high amount of negative feedback.
Then go buy it used off eBay (from someone with good feedback).
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post #7 of 24
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Thanks for all the input guys.
I'm leaning towards the Sapphire.
I also found a 4GB MSI model, which would you guys go for?

-2Gb Sapphire TOXIC for €189
-4GB MSI Gaming for €212
post #8 of 24
For $23 more get the 4gb
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For $23 more get the 4gb

So you'd go for the VRAM over the slightly higher clock speed?
I've heard MSI models overclock fairly well though.
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Yes I would. And MSI cards do generally clock well. I run both my 7850s at 1150/1450 and the stock is 860/1200.

Just keep in mind that every single card is different. And no matter what brand or what card u may end up with something that doesn't clock well.
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