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Powercolor vs XFX

I have always used PNY, ASUS, MSI or EVGA. in a pinch I bought a Powercolor AX7850 HD 2GB 256bit DDR5 w/ 1yr extended warranty from newegg, first one was DOA. Knowing how long they can take to send out replacement, I bought a XFX - Radeon R9 270X 2GB DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 card used from ebay for about $40 more (after i get the $30 rebate back on powercolor) which the seller forgot to ship for 4 days, so now I need to pick one, I have a P67 chipset so PCIe 3.0 doesn't matter much to me. I plan on getting another of the same type in the future for crossfire, but which card is the better to keep for the value? the specs are pretty much the same...and I am not hardcore gamer at all anymore.

700watt psu at the moment
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    XFX, powercolour tend to cut corners and will almost always have the cheapest card out there, which is due to their sometimes dodgy boards due to them making it as cheap as possible.

    Even if the XFX is more (not too much), it is quite often the best option, due to the quality and also the cooler.
  2. unknownofprob said:
    XFX, powercolour tend to cut corners and will almost always have the cheapest card out there, which is due to their sometimes dodgy boards due to them making it as cheap as possible.

    Even if the XFX is more (not too much), it is quite often the best option, due to the quality and also the cooler.


    At this size and bitrate is pcie 3.0 in your opinion worth the upgrade yet? I do plan on getting one 2k4k ips in the next 6 months...dont game alot, but would like to run 3+ displays
  3. compared to 2.0, defiantly not.

    2.0/3.0 PCI-E X16 perform exactly the same, no different, just 3.0 has added BIOS features making it not worth it at all. Overall, it is not worth the upgrade yet.

    three displays @ 2k/4k resolutions requires a lot of GPU power, though you don't if you barely game or want to play ultra on modern day games, then a R9 270X is fine.
  4. forgot to mention before, an R9 270X is essentially a 7870 overclocked, another better reason to get it over a 7850.
  5. unknownofprob said:
    forgot to mention before, an R9 270X is essentially a 7870 overclocked, another better reason to get it over a 7850.


    Thanks!
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