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Hello, I am about to buy a new video card and want to know if there is a big difference between the eVGA card and the XFX card. The eVGA card has a core speed of 490MHz and the XFX has 485MHz. My question is, is it worth the extra $15 (after rebate) for the eVGA card? Or would it be just smarter to buy the XFX one and over clock it to that speed? Would I be able to do it on stock cooling? And would I be able to overclock higher with this HSF? Thanks
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Youll get about the same OC out of both so go with XFX, and yes aftermarket cooling will bring a better OC.
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eVGA & XFX are just about the best companies for videocards right now, either will be great, the perk about XFX is that they have a double lifetime warranty that if you pass the card on to a friend he/she takes on the new lifetime warranty.

As for the heatsink, don't get the Vantec, get Zalman they're just about the best out other than Arctic Cooling:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118117
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Hello, I am about to buy a new video card and want to know if there is a big difference between the eVGA card and the XFX card. The eVGA card has a core speed of 490MHz and the XFX has 485MHz. My question is, is it worth the extra $15 (after rebate) for the eVGA card? Or would it be just smarter to buy the XFX one and over clock it to that speed? Would I be able to do it on stock cooling? And would I be able to overclock higher with this HSF? Thanks
Hello there,
You should go with the XFX 6800GS since it comes with 485/1.1 stock, you can overclock it with stock cooling up to 515/1.15 with no problem, games will run smoothly!
But if you realy want to reach the top of the XFX card and since XFX is known for their good overclocking cards you should buy some proper cooling and you would reach up to 560/1.3 maybe even more, depending on your cards BIOS version!


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My EVGA OCs great...but get w/e you want =)
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post #6 of 13
I would reccomend eVGA for the step up program. However, XFX is also a great company, so it's really up to you.
post #7 of 13
5MhZ is not the matter...15 bucks is i guess. The speeds are roughly the same, and if you plan on getting that fan no matter which card I suggest reading OC'ing reviews for the card. Find out which one others liked better for OC'ing adn their results.
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eVga is the best chioice, and if something goes wrong, you get one day air mail back =], also there really relable and overclockable( so i guess the one day mail back dsoesnt matter that much) idk, im happy with my eVga 6800gt, and i unlocked four piplines on my firends gs so thats something that would make the card better then the xfx. w/e you want, dont get something you dont want, you'll regret it. -trey
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post #9 of 13
Well I don't know; I have had a 7800 GTX from both companies. While I've heard many times that XFX is a very good company like eVGA, my personal experience is that eVGA is better; or at least it's video card OCed alot better for me.
post #10 of 13
Both are good companies.

Usually I saw eVGA as making cheaper cards than XFX.

In this case, XFX would be a better choice for the sake of the money.

Both are great, wouldn't complain about either one.
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