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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.

 

yeah going by the various gpu clubs here on OCN, a lot of MSI cards clock like beasts. lottery is lottery in the end, but MSI seems to have a big lottery pool lol.

post #12 of 24
My personal experience with Gigabyte isn't a good one. Both a motherboard and a GPU died on me, no overclocking, no flashing or anything. No power surges either. They just failed on me. So I would say avoid the brand for now. MSI, EVGA and Sapphire would be my choices. ASUS has an issue with their cooling solutions on the AMD front as well.
post #13 of 24
The msi gaming 280x's leak ball bearing grease, so take your risks with any msi card. I have tons of sapphires with no issues.
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post #14 of 24
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The msi gaming 280x's leak ball bearing grease, so take your risks with any msi card. I have tons of sapphires with no issues.

Yeah that is...interesting.
I basically hadn't heard anything bad about MSI until you mentioned that, I Googled it and in a few rare cases MSI cards apparently throw grease all over the inside of your case!

In that case, the Sapphire Dual-X 4Gb is the same price as the TOXIC.

So now the battle is between the Sapphire Dual-X 4Gb and the Sapphire TOXIC 2Gb.
I can't find any reviews on the 4Gb model specifically but the Dual-X seems pretty well liked, the TOXIC is obviously the premium card in this case though, I wonder why there's no 4GB TOXIC? It would be a no-brainer.
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I'm gonna recommend this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161442 . it came down to this and that same exact 2GB Sapphire Toxic for me the other day, but the HIS card was significantly cheaper, and was overclocked only 10MHz less than the Sapphire Toxic. Plus it had a nice looking heatsink biggrin.gif
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post #16 of 24
Go with Gigabyte. I recently had to send a Gigabyte motherboard for RMA and a Sapphire 7970 for RMA too.

The Gigabyte RMA was quick and easy, while the Sapphire RMA was a total headache (I went on their site to get an RMA approved, got an email back telling me to email another company (which they provided the e-mail for), then spoke with them, only for them to tell me to e-mail their Canadian branch. This process took more than a week...
     
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post #17 of 24
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I'm gonna recommend this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161442 . it came down to this and that same exact 2GB Sapphire Toxic for me the other day, but the HIS card was significantly cheaper, and was overclocked only 10MHz less than the Sapphire Toxic. Plus it had a nice looking heatsink biggrin.gif

Looks like a good card, how does it perform? Unfortunately I can't find a vendor that sells that in my country.
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Go with Gigabyte. I recently had to send a Gigabyte motherboard for RMA and a Sapphire 7970 for RMA too.

The Gigabyte RMA was quick and easy, while the Sapphire RMA was a total headache (I went on their site to get an RMA approved, got an email back telling me to email another company (which they provided the e-mail for), then spoke with them, only for them to tell me to e-mail their Canadian branch. This process took more than a week...

I had ruled Gigabyte out because their reviews on Amazon and Newegg are so negative, they seem to be getting about 42% negative feedback where Sapphire has almost none and MSI has very little. I've never had problems with Gigabyte boards, perhaps a really bad batch was sent out, most complaints seem to be that the card was DOA or died in a couple of weeks.
post #18 of 24
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Looks like a good card, how does it perform? Unfortunately I can't find a vendor that sells that in my country.
I had ruled Gigabyte out because their reviews on Amazon and Newegg are so negative, they seem to be getting about 42% negative feedback where Sapphire has almost none and MSI has very little. I've never had problems with Gigabyte boards, perhaps a really bad batch was sent out, most complaints seem to be that the card was DOA or died in a couple of weeks.

Running a Gigabyte 290x in my main system, and it runs great.
     
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post #19 of 24
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Running a Gigabyte 290x in my main system, and it runs great.

While I don't doubt that, Gigabyte does seem to have disproportionately negative reviews on Newegg and Amazon. Lots of reports of DOA units and cards dying after a couple of weeks of use.
post #20 of 24
Toxic I have heard is nice. Another user on here has that cards. Low temps, dual bios, backplate. I have sapphire dual x 270's which are a step below the toxic but I'm happy with them. I have heard their RMA can be a pain.
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