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post #1 of 11
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my HD4870 just died and i'm looking to get an Radeon HD 5770 1 GB

there is however XFX, PowerColor, Sapphire, Gigabyte, Asus and so on models, what's the difference, if any, between them all? and which one would you recommend if there is a difference?

thanks
post #2 of 11
XFX, Sapphire and ASUS make quality cards and also have good customer service.
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XFX has a double-lifetime warranty if you register within 30 days.

Think of XFX, Sapphire, etc. as makes of cars - Toyota, Ford, etc. Except now pretend Ford and Toyota and BMW all make the same model, for example the "Fiesta".

The chip will be the same, but the manufacturers might use a different capacitor here or there, a different this or that to try to get the price down.
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post #4 of 11
More or less you are buying the warranty and RMA reputation.

I say go for a know good RMA-er like Gigabyte, Asus, and lately MSI has been making a huge come up in PC equipment.
They all have good warranty's too.
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I recommend a reference cooler card like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-447-_-Product

But I have heard that the Vapor-X cooler card work well, But all the heat goes in to the case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-898-_-Product
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Originally Posted by HiLuckyB View Post
I recommend a reference cooler card like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-447-_-Product

But I have heard that the Vapor-X cooler card work well, But all the heat goes in to the case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-898-_-Product

great, found the "XFX Radeon HD 5770 850M 1GB DDR5 DP HDMI DUAL DVI PCI-E" for just £80 someplace so I guess i'll pick that up. that's the one I want right (just checking).

thanks for infos
post #7 of 11
There's no best, but as stated above XFX has really nice warranty
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great, found the "XFX Radeon HD 5770 850M 1GB DDR5 DP HDMI DUAL DVI PCI-E" for just £80 someplace so I guess i'll pick that up. that's the one I want right (just checking).

thanks for infos
Just so you know, it will be a slight downgrade in performance from a 4870.
http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...time-last.html

I would have taken the opportunity to go up in performance if you are spending money anyway to get a new Grafx Card.

You should try to save just a little bit more for a GTX 460 1GB or even better, a Radeon 6850.
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post #9 of 11
^ YES ^

I'd say look at the 5870 at least, it's a small step up from the 4870 but a lot better then one 5770. 2X 5770 scale very good if you want to go that route. A little better then 1 5870.
As HiLuckyB said make sure you get a reference card. That XFX is a reference card and the Sapphire has a good reference card, so either one of those would be good. You'll find the XFX to be cheaper so go with that one. You can always go the used route too. But not here as you don't have the REPs.
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post #10 of 11
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so the 5770 isn't as good as the 4870? damn. I checked out the 5870 and it's not compatible with my GPU waterblock, so i'd have to buy a new one of those too.. way too expensive
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