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So this morning I'll have my 5870 delivered to me...

But oh no! It's a non-reference design!

I've heard nothing but horror stories about how terrible they are but never any evidence to back it up. Considering it was £90 (ninety quid!) cheaper than the next cheapest 5870. It can't be that bad surely.

Well I'll do a little review to see if it'll actually blow up, swear at my mom and make my dog ill like everyone claims wink.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyph3r;12217951 
So this morning I'll have my 5870 delivered to me...

But oh no! It's a non-reference design!

I've heard nothing but horror stories about how terrible they are but never any evidence to back it up. Considering it was £90 (ninety quid!) cheaper than the next cheapest 5870. It can't be that bad surely.

Well I'll do a little review to see if it'll actually blow up, swear at my mom and make my dog ill like everyone claims wink.gif

Not a big deal at this point IMO, it wont OC as well but for 90 squid less (tongue.gif) thats not bad.
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Haha yeah. Just found it funny how much everyone goes on about how awful the non-ref design is. I don't care so much about not being able to over-volt cause I never OC my GPU anyway, not worth it for the few extra FPS imo tongue.gif

And everyone goes on saying "The non-ref design is worse cause it's made cheaper etc!" Well good tbh haha! I still have XFX's lifetime warranty and I'm not going to pay almost £100 extra for the same bloody card tongue.gif
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Just hope for a good one and does anyone keep a video card three years with the way new ones pop out every year?

Enjoy!
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Well! This card was a pleasant surprise. When I got the package I did not have high hopes, really small box, the card itself is smaller than a normal HD5870 (good thing for me and my case but still) and it was really light. The coolers gonna be ****e isn't it!

Well no actually, just done temp tests so far, it idles at 34c, and loads at 64c in Furmark. And it also got 2,000 more points than my 4870x2 smile.gif
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how the hell did u get a 5870 for £90. confused.gifbiggrin.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by driftingforlife;12221219 
how the hell did u get a 5870 for £90. confused.gifbiggrin.gif

I got it for £180 tongue.gif Which is £90 cheaper than the next cheapest 5870 from the sites I normally buy from haha.

After selling my HD4870x2, it really only cost me £50. wink.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyph3r;12221233 
I got it for £180 tongue.gif Which is £90 cheaper than the next cheapest 5870 from the sites I normally buy from haha.

After selling my HD4870x2, it really only cost me £50. wink.gif

owww. nice
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post #9 of 11
Funny thing to note, with Sapphire's Trixx, you can apparently adjust the voltage on those non ref design XFX. So, assuming that the cooling is up to speed, you basically get the same OC headroom as the reference 5870.

With voltage tweaking enabled, it's not all that inferior after all. tongue.gif
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Played BadCompany 2 for hours today at the card only reached 59c, well chuffed!
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