Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

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

Tags:
  • Graphics Cards
  • GPUs
  • Graphics
Last response: in Graphics & Displays
Share
May 30, 2010 5:05:56 PM

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?

More about : picking gpu diff makers

a c 126 U Graphics card
May 30, 2010 5:09:57 PM

Warranty length

Cooling (Stock or aftermarket)

Price/Discounts

Bundle

Factory overclocked/Stock

Preferred brand
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2010 5:11:19 PM

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=N82E1681... because I have an XFX reference 5870 and haven't had a problem with it.
m
0
l
Related resources
May 30, 2010 5:29:43 PM

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.
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
May 30, 2010 5:33:29 PM

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/Tech... 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.
m
0
l
May 30, 2010 5:34:38 PM

Cool looks like I'll go for the XFX.
m
0
l
a c 376 U Graphics card
May 30, 2010 6:00:21 PM

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.
m
0
l
May 30, 2010 6:01:31 PM

I don't know if I will OC anything... I've no idea how it works and wouldn't want to break anything.
m
0
l
a c 376 U Graphics card
May 30, 2010 6:06:24 PM

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.
m
0
l
!