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Why are some 6970s more/less expensive?

post #1 of 18
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I was gonna buy 2GB XFX HD 6970 (Black, PCI-E 2.1 (x16), 5700MHz GDDR5, GPU 925MHz, 1536Cores, 2x DVI / 2x mDP/ HDMI) for £269.99

However, that card is out of stock so I'm forced to buy another one, I'm looking at 2GB SAPPHIRE HD 6970 but it costs £341.69.

So, why are some 6970s less/more expensive?

BTW, I'm talking about the 2gb VRAM cards. I need 2gb VRAM.
If Sapphire is more expensive, should I go with it? Worth the extra price...?
I was thinking they are expensive because of extra cores or units..?

Thanks in advance..
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post #2 of 18
It's mostly quality of the card being made, that and marketing.
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post #3 of 18
Bunch of things are being taken into account.

-Warranty.
-Whether it's reference or not.
-Company pricing & marketing as stated above.
etc.
post #4 of 18
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But still, these price differences are insane. Should I go with Sapphire, not XFX? I'd like a good warrenty.
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post #5 of 18
I usually prefer XFX to sapphire because I think that XFX has better customer service. I once had to RMA a card and they were incredibly helpful throughout the entire process. But Sapphire is also a good brand.
Difference in prices can be due to a number of things such as warranty, company pricing, quality of card, ect as mention about. Also, sometimes more expensive cards have been overclocked by the manufacturer to greater than stock speeds.
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post #6 of 18
XFX does have nice customer support, some people are just against the fact that they have to register on their website within I believe 30 days to get the full warranty you paid for.
post #7 of 18
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hm... too bad the XFX is out of stock -.- idk. anybody got any better recommendation?
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post #8 of 18
well knowing where you are at and what is avaliable to you would help
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post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by E-Peen View Post
some people are just against the fact that they have to register on their website
Given the horror stories on this site about XFX support I'm sure it's more than that.
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post #10 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by soth7676;12545773 
well knowing where you are at and what is avaliable to you would help

If you read that I mentioned a pound sign (£), it would imply that I'm from the U.K. What are the cards that are available? I don't know. There are Asus, Gigabyte, Sapphire, XFX, Diamond, and others Idk yet.
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