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Good Brand for 3870X2?

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January 26, 2008 12:54:00 PM

So what is a good brand or the "best" brand to go with for an 3870X2?

Asus, MSI, Sapphire, Diamond, or VisionTek? (Did I leave any out?)

I've seen MSI (comes pre-overclocked), Diamond and VisionTek already out for pre-order. No Asus or Sapphire yet.

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January 26, 2008 2:47:14 PM

I find HIS versions always the best.
January 26, 2008 3:03:39 PM

I would look at the asus version because it really differs from the standard version. it has a better and larger fan and has 4 dvi outputs.
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January 26, 2008 3:20:02 PM

So far I think I like the GeCube offering, but that's just going by the way it looks.

January 26, 2008 3:21:17 PM

col-p-todd said:
here is a link with pic for the asus 3870 X2 card

http://www.vr-zone.com/articles/ASUS_EAH3870X2_Photos_%...


Looks good. However, won't that blow all the hot air into the case vs vent it outside with "normal" cooler? Also, I'm going to have to have a PCIe card next the dual slot X2, and with that design it might damage the second card from all heat blowing on it.

Yeah STS, the GeCube does look cool.


January 26, 2008 3:23:36 PM

I would avoid any cooler that is not venting air outside the case. That includes the Asus and Gecube.

I prefer HIS (especially if they come out with an IceQ3 Turbo Version.. great cooler) and Sapphire.
January 26, 2008 3:28:05 PM

cnumartyr said:
I would avoid any cooler that is not venting air outside the case. That includes the Asus and Gecube.

I prefer HIS (especially if they come out with an IceQ3 Turbo Version.. great cooler) and Sapphire.


Does the HIS first gen X2 have the IceQ3 fan or just a normal stock?
January 26, 2008 3:33:05 PM

Seraphic said:
Does the HIS first gen X2 have the IceQ3 fan or just a normal stock?


I think they used all reference in first gen.

IceQ3

The above is an example of the IceQ3 cooler. They will probably have to reengineer it a bit for the 2 GPU idea.
January 26, 2008 3:41:13 PM

cnumartyr said:
I would avoid any cooler that is not venting air outside the case. That includes the Asus and Gecube.

I prefer HIS (especially if they come out with an IceQ3 Turbo Version.. great cooler) and Sapphire.



My case has four 120's, two blowing filtered air in, two on exhaust duty, so I think it should be able to keep up. I just think the GeCube looks cooler and quieter, but I guess we'll see.

I still haven't seen any pics from HIS or Visiontek, kinda weird.
January 26, 2008 3:43:52 PM

Are all the ATI partner brand X2s a one year warranty? I heard Sapphire is two years and VisionTek is lifetime?
January 26, 2008 3:45:56 PM

Seraphic said:
Are all the ATI partner brand X2s a one year warranty? I heard Sapphire is two years and VisionTek is lifetime?

Doubtful. All their cards are usually 1 year.
January 26, 2008 4:33:51 PM

Visiontek offers a lifetime warranty on all their cards.
January 26, 2008 4:44:54 PM

Aye, though to my knowledge there no longer producing the 7 series cards. Pretty much every graphics card that they are selling is *now* a lifetime warranty. Aside from that there pretty easy to deal with (my x800 died 16 months in and they cross shipped a new one to me)
January 26, 2008 4:46:22 PM

xerohour said:
Aye, though to my knowledge there no longer producing the 7 series cards. Pretty much every graphics card that they are selling is *now* a lifetime warranty. Aside from that there pretty easy to deal with (my x800 died 16 months in and they cross shipped a new one to me)

If what you said was true, then newegg is wrong. All the Visiontek cards are only 1year.
January 26, 2008 4:49:51 PM

Evilonigiri said:
If what you said was true, then newegg is wrong. All the Visiontek cards are only 1year.

Newegg will take the cards back for one year. If they state the manufacturers warranty is one year, then they are indeed incorrect (as is evident by visionteks website)
January 26, 2008 8:31:01 PM

xerohour said:
Newegg will take the cards back for one year. If they state the manufacturers warranty is one year, then they are indeed incorrect (as is evident by visionteks website)

Actually they'll take cards back for replacement within 30days. They stated the manufacturer warranty is only 1 year.
January 26, 2008 10:04:12 PM

I went with a New Retail Sapphire 3870X2 for $452.99 shipped. =D
January 26, 2008 10:34:29 PM

Uh where???? They're not supposed to be "released" until monday
January 26, 2008 11:13:28 PM

Fry's had the 512 MB 3850's for $229 USD last week as a walk in price...2 days ago I found online a 512MB 3570 for $232 USD so this one is going back to Fry's.

As far as what I would say is the best overall brand is based on warrenty...XFX.
No matter if you bought it 100th hand if you -have it- they fix/replace it forever.

I have never needed one fixed but the word is a 72Hr turn around.
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January 26, 2008 11:51:43 PM

Evilonigiri said:
Actually they'll take cards back for replacement within 30days. They stated the manufacturer warranty is only 1 year.

That is the exchange/return/refund time. The newegg replacement (of identical part) is 365 days.
January 27, 2008 12:57:00 AM

I have to agree with Zolddude XFX has the best warranty hands down. But it is a Nvidia brand only.
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