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ATI XFX HD 5850 Cooler question

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August 16, 2010 1:23:37 AM

My new XFX 5850 arrived today and I was rather dissapointed when unboxing it to see it look like this:



Is there any reason mine is all stripped down whereas 99% of images on the internet, shops, reviews, videos etc show the good looking beafy version?

I was expecting to get this:


What's the difference? Which is better? Why is there a difference? Is one a newer/older model etc?

Obviously they will perform the same, I'm just a bit of a sucker for a good looking computer and what I got is not a good looking card.

Thanks.
August 16, 2010 1:26:18 AM

Second image link didn't work. This is what I was refering to how I was expecting it to look:

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August 16, 2010 1:45:51 AM

You got a cheap aftermarket version. If you can get a refund, do so - the stock cooler in the 2nd picture and this version:

are much better than that egg cooler.
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August 16, 2010 8:12:02 PM

Blues version is great because it pushes most of the air out the side, while the egg redistributes them in the case.
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August 17, 2010 3:07:15 AM

Agree, the 2nd picture is better, since it will blow the hot air out of the back card...
I'm pretty sure the 2nd card is much cooler than the egg type...
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