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What companies are still making reference models for the 5870? I thought Visiontek was but when I went to Microcenter and found a Visiontek it was an ugly looking non-reference model. According to their website it was pictured as a reference model. I heard Diamond is making reference model still, I haven't seen a non-reference model by them yet. Non reference is the only kind I seem to find. I have the EK FC5870 water block for reference model cards.

2- My other question is, aren't all of the 2GB Eyefinity 6 5870s still reference cards? I found one on the shelf at Microcenter and it wouldn't fit my water block. Here was the 2GB one

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0345433

And is the Diamond 5870PE51G compatible with the EK FC5870 water block?
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XFX might still be using reference
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XFX? Reference? Bah.

XFX never uses a reference design on their second revision cards. Look at the heatsink on the one that's on Newegg. Not at all reference.

I think Gigabyte's is reference, along with Powercolor and Diamond.

Here is the list of 5870s on Newegg. Look for the blower cooler.

EDIT: Apparently Sapphire too. Not to steal Kratthew's thunder, lol.
Edited by SgtHop - 1/2/11 at 2:50am
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Gigabyte, Sapphire, Diamond, and Powercolor from what I've seen still make or sell reference cards.

Edit: simplest way to tell is look at the PCI-E interface, if it still says AMD on it you're good to go:thumb:
    
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The only reference cards you can still get new are EF6. All the rest are non-reference. It has been that way for a while. If you read the egg reviews on the cards with ref photos they will tell you they do not get that card.

You may need to look for used.
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I found a Diamond 5870, ends today. I'm hesitant to buy it. It has the AMD logo on it, and it looks reference. I just need it to work with my waterblock. I tried the EF6 one and it didnt work with my water block.
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I found a Diamond 5870, ends today. I'm hesitant to buy it. It has the AMD logo on it, and it looks reference. I just need it to work with my waterblock. I tried the EF6 one and it didnt work with my water block.

If you can see an actuall photo and it looks like a ref 5870 it should be. If it is on flee bay and the seller is using a stock photo I would not bid. The 2gb had 6 mini display ports as you know.

Diamond non-ref seem to be the same as power color?

The only "fake" 5 series ref cards I ever saw were XFX 5770 with ref coolers and non-ref PCB's. They had 1 cf bridge.

In the end I do not believe any 5870 ref cards other than EF6 cards are still made today.
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post #8 of 8
Why not go with GIGABYTE?
their 5870s are the cheapest comparing with all the other 5870s.
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