What to look out for when picking a GPU from diff makers?

REF: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010380048%20106793261%201067949754&name=Radeon%20HD%205870

That links lists all newegg.ca's 5870 GPU's. I can't pick one, they are all the same to me. What should I be looking for to determine whether or not it is a good GPU?
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  1. Warranty length

    Cooling (Stock or aftermarket)

    Price/Discounts

    Bundle

    Factory overclocked/Stock

    Preferred brand
  2. vizering said:
    REF: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010380048%20106793261%201067949754&name=Radeon%20HD%205870

    That links lists all newegg.ca's 5870 GPU's. I can't pick one, they are all the same to me. What should I be looking for to determine whether or not it is a good GPU?

    Things you want to look for are amount of reviews and whether they are good or not. Also, what kind of warranty they have, or if it has a different cooler rather than the reference one.

    I would get this one. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150476 because I have an XFX reference 5870 and haven't had a problem with it.
  3. How can I tell if it is stock or factory overclocked? and how can I find out what kind of cooling it uses?

    Last, does the amount of gigabytes mean anything? I read somewhere in an article that there were other more important aspects of a card than simply the amount of gigs advertised.
  4. vizering said:
    How can I tell if it is stock or factory overclocked? and how can I find out what kind of cooling it uses?

    Last, does the amount of gigabytes mean anything? I read somewhere in an article that there were other more important aspects of a card than simply the amount of gigs advertised.


    the stock clocks on a 5870 are 850/1200. The reference cooling looks like this http://mos.futurenet.com/techradar/Review%20images/TechRadar/Computing/5870/ATrHD5870_angle5_md-420-90.jpg if it has a different type of fan on it then it is a third party. 1GB on the cards is going to be enough unless you are going to be running 3 monitors @ 7680x1600.
  5. Cool looks like I'll go for the XFX.
  6. One difference specific to the HD5870(and HD5850) is that some of the cards allow for voltage modification of the core and some do not. If you are going to overclock the card then it would be a good idea to get one that allows you to bump up the voltage. This should allow you to achieve speed between 1000-1050 mhz while the stock voltage will likely limit you to an OC around 900-950 mhz.
    FYI from looking at the customer review that XFX card does not allow for voltage modification.
  7. I don't know if I will OC anything... I've no idea how it works and wouldn't want to break anything.
  8. It's pretty easy to do and there is no real risk involved but in your case you probably don't need to be concerned about which cards can voltmod. You'll still be able to overclock if you choose to do so, the other cards will just allow you to push things higher. The Catalyst Control Center itself can be used to achieve a mild overclock very easily.
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