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Is this 5870 reference card?

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-326-_-Product

I was thinking of selling my 2x5770 to upgrade to a single card w/o spending much cash over the upgrade.

I found this which is $250 AR and If I manage to sell the HD on craigslist for like $45 bucks It'll pay $205~ + 22 taxes so like $227~.

Also what's the difference between these other gigabyte cards? other than one is at 850 and the other is at 870 clocks.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=gigabyte+5870
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The one you linked is not a reference card. It's factory overclocked and its PCB was re-engineered by Gigabyte ("Ultra Durable"). The other Gigabyte card runs at stock speeds but it's still not a reference card. And the 3rd card is a 2GB Eyefinity edition 5870 with 6 mini DisplayPort outputs.
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The only ref 5870's still made are the eyefinity 6 cards.
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The ones with custom coolers are not Reference
the 1st one on the 2nd link that looks like it has the original cooler, but its been so long since production came out that i doubt that's gonna be a reference card.

Unless the PCB says AMD on it, its not reference
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is that still a good card though?
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I have the stock speed Gigabyte card and I'm quite happy with it. I've never tried overclocking it though. Not worth the effort.
But I would suggest you look at the 6950, 6970 or GeForce GTX 470 or 570 depending on how much money you're willing to spend.
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is that still a good card though?
It's good. No voltage control though.
It comes with a free 1TB hard drive right now.
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I have the stock speed Gigabyte card and I'm quite happy with it. I've never tried overclocking it though. Not worth the effort.
But I would suggest you look at the 6950, 6970 or GeForce GTX 470 or 570 depending on how much money you're willing to spend.
After seeing some benchmarks the 6950 doesnt seem to be much better than the 5870 they seem to be really close. My budget is around 250~ AR I can deal waiting for rebates and I was thinking of selling the HDD for like 45 bucks.

The 470 is close to the 5870, but gets much hotter and uses more power and also I won't have the option to CF later on if i want to again. The 6970 is too expensive for the results ppl have been showing.

I just can't make up my mind because of the darn 23 dllars i gotta pay on taxes.

Someone is offering me a Gigabyte 5870 with still 2 1/2 years of warranty for 200 shipped, but he doesnt have rep so im hesitating to seal the deal cuz if i pay him I might get burned.
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Where in CA are you?

ref 5870's and 5850's are great cards.

Unless you are a die hard nvidia fan I would stay away from the 470. Tried it also
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