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Which 4870X2?

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November 2, 2008 4:27:54 AM

Trying to decide a brand for the 4870X2 (thinking Sapphire or PowerColor). Any Suggestions?


Build:
MOBO: Asus P5Q Pro P45 (looking for a moderate OC)
CPU: Q9550
PSU: Corsair 750 TX
RAM: G.Skill 2x2 CAS4 1.8v-1.9v
Case: Antec 900
OS: Vista 64
Monitor: 24in 1900x1200 BenQ FP241VW

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November 2, 2008 6:13:01 AM

PowerColor has a reputation for poor quality control. I have personally owned a Sapphire board (still have it HD2900XT).

All things being equal, graphics cards should be bought on the merits of price, warranty, and bundle.
November 2, 2008 3:30:32 PM

Newegg doesn't have warranty information for the products so I went on their respective websites. Sapphire has a 2 year warranty and VisionTek has a lifetime warranty. PowerColor....lets just say they don't like to share that information. Can't find warranty info in the FAQ and the Warranty page is total mumbo jumbo. Anyone know of the PowerColor Warranty?
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November 2, 2008 3:35:26 PM

techgeek said:
PowerColor has a reputation for poor quality control. I have personally owned a Sapphire board (still have it HD2900XT).

All things being equal, graphics cards should be bought on the merits of price, warranty, and bundle.


It's identical gpu purchased by Sapphire/PowerColor on identical reference boards. There is no hardware difference whatsoever. It's only a matter of warranty/support.
November 2, 2008 3:43:58 PM

not always, thermals (pastes, material quality) and the way the heating is setup is different. performance wise you should get the same thing.

Powercolor is def not a brand I would recommend, my Powercolor X800 XL crapped out on me 3 times (3 warranty replacements, and they still haven't fixed it so I gave up). Personally i went for Palit for my 4870 X2. First 1 was defective but the 2nd one works great.

So your choices would be saphire or Palit I would say.
November 2, 2008 5:43:05 PM

what about visiontek? doesn't it have a lifetime warranty?
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