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Okay, ive been going through alot of bedroom pacing and hair grabbing trying to figure out what video card pair to get, and at first i thought my decision was clear and was with the GTX 580s, but when i truly truly truly thought about it, a 5-8 FPS increase isnt worth the extra $130 for the 580, and yet, i can still overclock a 6970 to surpass a GTX 580. Ive decided to go with the 6970s because ive heard the crossfire scaling has improved tremendously, and that the 6970 has alot of cool new graphical DX11 feautures, but here's my questions, one, i know i listed the 6970s i have as XFX but thats just the first that came to mind, but which is the best 6970 to get? XFX? Sapphire? Powercolor? etc....and, two, how much could i overclock a 6970? Core clock/VRAM?
    
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With ATI, Asus or Sapphire I find to be the best. They used slightly better parts and their warranties are better. Powercolor is horrible stay, away from them.
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With ATI, Asus or Sapphire I find to be the best. They used slightly better parts and their warranties are better. Powercolor is horrible stay, away from them.
Nowt wrong with powercolour. My HD4870x2 is powercolour, had it since launch no problems.
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Nowt wrong with powercolour. My HD4870x2 is powercolour, had it since launch no problems.
Yes but their "customer service" is non-existent, in the event that something DOES go wrong you're outta luck.
 
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Straight up the best card is probably Asus because they tend to add their own stamp to the ref design. Ref designs though are all the same so it comes down to warranty. I got 3 XFX 6950s just for potential resale value, shrugs. Anyways they all overclock to max settings unlocked, and do it fine.
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XFX, ASUS, Sapphire, and MSI are on the top of my list.
XFX has GREAT customer service (first hand experience)
ASUS is win
Sapphire has the great rep
and MSI just makes great cards (idk about warranty, service, etc tho)
    
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sapphire is the evga of ati in my opinion.

xfx, asus are the same. Don't get visiontek
     
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XFX, ASUS, Sapphire, and MSI are on the top of my list.
XFX has GREAT customer service (first hand experience)
ASUS is win
Sapphire has the great rep
and MSI just makes great cards (idk about warranty, service, etc tho)
Sapphire is very popular with ATI cards and has a big rep, like u said, but performance wise, would you go with sapphire, ASUS or XFX?
    
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Sapphire is very popular with ATI cards and has a big rep, like u said, but performance wise, would you go with sapphire, ASUS or XFX?
hmm.
i have only owned XFX (HD4890 good batch), HIS (HD4870 IceQ), Sapphire (uber retro atlantis 9200SE), and MSI (HD4670) cards.
my best experience has been with XFX tho.
if i didnt static shock it, i am pretty sure i'd own 2 more of those (power hungry) beasts!
btw they RMA'd it and i got a faulty notorious bad batch HD4890 (hot and artifacted at stock speeds :/)
i RMA'd that again and they said they'll send me a 5830. free upgrade ftw!


i recommended XFX all the way! even though the bad 4890s kinda hurt their ATi rep, they are still a great company.

ASUS is good too, but idk how their cards are. ive only owned their mobos
from the reviews i have seen, their cards are really good! the directCU II looks orgasmic.

i was really young when i owned the 9200SE, so i never OC'd it or anything. but it still worked until i decided to rip out the caps and throw it down the stairs a month ago for fun.

i still recommend XFX tho <3
    
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