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I have finally narrowed down my search for a new gpu. I will be running a single monitor and want to run games at pretty much the highest settings. I cannot fit a 6950 in my case and am pretty sure that I want to go with a 5870 but if you think a 6870 would be better please say so. I am looking at this XFX:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150476 this Diamond: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814103084 or this Sapphire: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102888 I seem to have a problem with all of these cards. The XFX cooler is not the reference cooler and it recirculates the air inside of the case and I do not know if it is better or worse than the stock cooler. I have never heard of Diamond and do not know if they are reputable. The Sapphire has 2gb which is a plus but it uses only mini displayports. I do not really know anything about these types of ports and will only be using a single monitor. I am also looking at this 6870:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...lack%20edition but am just unsure of the performance. Please help me choose a card.
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post #2 of 12
Get the sapphire because that one looks to be reference. I have owned GB Saphhire and XFX. I really liked my Sapphire and XFX the best. I am indifferent between the two quality wise. Warranty wise idk cuz i never worry about warrantys anymore. Get the sapphire one tho cuz if its reference then you can unlock voltage without needing a bios change.
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post #3 of 12
Stay away from that Diamond if you want a reference design. The newegg description looks reference but its not. I ordered that card, and ended up returning it. Ultimately if you don't care about OCing, just get whatever brand is cheapest.
     
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Thanks for the quick replies. On the Sapphire, I like it but will the mini displayports be a downside or annoying for a single monitor and what is the real performance difference the 6870 and 5870? Also, thank you for the Diamond insight.
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post #5 of 12
If you're dead set on a 5870, you can get a 5850 reference card in the for sale section and overclock it to 5870 specs.
    
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post #6 of 12
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I also this this DirectCU cooled 6870:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121418 but I have no experience overclocking gpu's.
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post #7 of 12
Ah well here is a hierarchy chart of GPU's then, I would get the 6870 then if a 6950 won't fit. The 5800 series cards might lose driver support in later releases, my 5850 started acting up with 11.1 drivers.

Edit: In Killing Floor I took a huge FPS hit with 11.1 compared to 10.12, going from at least 120FPS with lot's of action to 55FPS while looking at the ground....
Edited by Kratthew D. Kraids - 2/10/11 at 2:20pm
    
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post #8 of 12
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Sooo, I am seeing that the 6870's performance is right under the 5870 but am still not sure if the difference would be noticeable. Would the 6870 be able to run game like BFBC:2 maxed out at 1920 x 1080 with 60fps because the 5870 will and this is mainly what I want to do.
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Oh yeah, my 5850 and 965 can do at least 60FPS at 1080P
    
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Then I will go with a 5870 and I think I want to go with the Sapphire but still do not know about those mini displayports. Are there any know problems? Will the picture quality not be as nice as a regular dvi out and lastly, will it still perform as well if not better than the regular 5870 on a single monitor?
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