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What brand of HD 3870 should I get?

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November 16, 2007 3:50:07 AM


Assuming I can get any brand I want in stock, which one is best?

Best warranty, best cooling solution in gneral, reliability, quality,
etc.

Even if we we don't know specifically for this model, which ones
have been best for that end of things for other models in the past?

Thanks!

I do like the busty brunette on the sapphire, but hey...

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November 16, 2007 7:23:19 AM

Sapphire and ASUS are good brands
November 16, 2007 7:59:16 AM

I prefer Sapphire and HIS myself, and usually in that order! The card in my sig is a sapphire as was the card I had before this one. The X1900XTX is commin up on a strong 2 year finish, since I am about to get myself a 3870...woohoo! Hope this helps.

Best,

3Ball
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November 16, 2007 9:07:51 AM

I have also had good experience with Sapphire GPU, even if somewhat limited. I am currently running 2 GPU of that brand. A 1950 Pro and a 1950XT.
November 16, 2007 10:30:03 AM

I good experience with HIS. But always check the websites for the warranty.
November 16, 2007 10:54:06 AM

Looking at my experience with the HD2900XT, I believe they all use the same reference design as ATI's original. I don't think any of the other companies offered a different cooling option from the factory so I would think it would be the same with the HD3870.

Sapphaire is usually the cheapest (at least where I live) when compared with the others, which is great seeing as all the companies are basically using the same card. Asus has been most expensive in my experience (seeing as how I blew an Asus HD2900XT up when my old PSU descided it was time for a Canada Day/4th of July fireworks show) but they usually offer a nice bundle in the box with all the necessary hardware. I would check web sites for warranties, cause I have no idea off hand who offers better.

In the end, to me, ATI merchants are not like Nvidia merchs who offer tons of variants of the same card. They seem to stick to the refernce design pretty closely, so in the end, they are all about equal.
November 17, 2007 2:12:33 AM

Ok so I see powercooler, diamond, sapphire, and HIS. Someone told me that ATI manufacture their cards in house and don’t outsource them like Nvidia. Did that person not know what he was talking about?
November 17, 2007 2:52:09 AM

i swear by Asus,
i have used Asus since the first computer i built over 10yrs ago, and Asus has never let me down.
November 17, 2007 3:15:36 AM

Based on good experience with two Sapphire X1950 pro, I would recommend Sapphire.
November 17, 2007 7:48:47 AM

wirelessfender said:
Ok so I see powercooler, diamond, sapphire, and HIS. Someone told me that ATI manufacture their cards in house and don’t outsource them like Nvidia. Did that person not know what he was talking about?


There are ATI branded cards out there that they do make, but when I spoke with an ATI rep about 2 years ago they said that sapphire owns and operates the plants that produce 90% of all ATI boards...this goes for not only ATI boards, but most of other makers as well.

Best,

3Ball
November 18, 2007 2:34:04 PM

Hey, nobody paid attention to the memory speed?

The powercolor offers 2400MHz while sapphire only has 2250.

November 18, 2007 5:35:19 PM

xkm1948 said:
Hey, nobody paid attention to the memory speed?

The powercolor offers 2400MHz while sapphire only has 2250.


Thats pretty interesting. I didnt notice, because I mostly only associate factory OC's with nvidia cards.

Best,

3Ball
November 18, 2007 6:01:32 PM

3Ball said:
I prefer Sapphire and HIS myself, and usually in that order! The card in my sig is a sapphire as was the card I had before this one. The X1900XTX is commin up on a strong 2 year finish, since I am about to get myself a 3870...woohoo! Hope this helps.

Best,

3Ball


I am right there with you. Go for Sapphire, they are good. My x1800xt is finishing strong itself when I have $220 to drop on an ATi HD 3870...
November 18, 2007 9:17:26 PM

I would say go with HIS because I have an X1950PRO with an ICEQ3 cooler which works wonderfully under the factory OC (590/770) but they all seem to be the same for the most part
November 26, 2007 7:54:25 PM

I think I still have 2 old Sapphire cards in my box sitting in the basement .... had them since day 1 ... guess what they still work ! Never had an issue with that company .
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