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Which of these HD 5850 cards should I get? (XFX vs Sapphire)

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April 26, 2010 11:21:03 PM

I'm trying to find a HD 5850 card ASAP for building my system. Which card should I get? I managed to find some lower prices with the 12.3% BCB on TigerDirect:

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC - $276
XFX HD-585A-ZNBC - $298
Sapphire 100282-3SR - $276


Here are the links originally found on TigerDirect, and I managed to find them at NewEgg as well:

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=6078264&sku=P450-5856&srkey=XFX%20HD-585X-ZAFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150477&Tpk=XFX%20HD-585X-ZAFC

XFX HD-585A-ZNBC:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5538717&CatId=3669
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150454&cm_re=XFX_HD-585A-ZNBC-_-14-150-454-_-Product

Sapphire 100282-3SR:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=6077784&sku=A271-5855&srkey=Sapphire%20100282-3SR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102884&Tpk=Sapphire%20100282-3SR

What are the differences between these three? Which one has the lowest temperatures/best performance/possible overclockability? Thanks!
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 27, 2010 12:21:52 AM

I'd probably go with the sapphire one, but none of those cards will support voltage tweaking for the best overclockability.
a c 539 U Graphics card
April 27, 2010 12:22:53 AM

I like the Sapphire 100282-3SR!
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April 27, 2010 12:28:28 AM

shadow187 said:
I'd probably go with the sapphire one, but none of those cards will support voltage tweaking for the best overclockability.


Ah, really? Someone told me the XFX HD-585A-ZNBC was the only reference card. So, can this card be OC'ed or not?
a c 539 U Graphics card
April 27, 2010 12:30:00 AM

not as much but i have this card so ignore my opinion!

XFX HD-585A-ZNBC is the better card
April 27, 2010 12:36:43 AM

Just a tip: stay away from non-reference cards. You will loose the option of voltage control if you don't.
April 27, 2010 12:43:57 AM

Ah, I see.

If out of the three cards, I wanted to leave everything at stock speeds and do not plan on OCing at all, which card would be the best? Meaning if I just wanted the lowest temperatures & best performance at stock speeds... would the XFX reference still be cooler and better? Would it not be until I do some heavy OC'ing then the XFX reference card be better? My understanding is that reference cards push air out of the case while non-reference pushes half out and half in (perhaps to make the GFX itself stay cooler?), but I would also want my CPU to stay cool as well.

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a b U Graphics card
April 27, 2010 12:49:21 AM
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Your going to get different answers on all 3 because of a individuals case , ambient temperature. But at stock they are all going to perform very close to each other. Unless someone owns all three and can test themselves your only going to get opinion. They are DEFINITELY that close/similar. There is no bad egg.
May 7, 2010 12:36:15 AM

Best answer selected by StridingCloud.
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