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Should I use XFX 6850 Black Edition or HIS IceQ X Turbo 6850 in my PC?

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April 2, 2011 2:11:14 PM

Hello Users, I am planning on building a gaming PC to game @ 1680x1050 Resolution. Should I use The IceQ 6850 by HIS or the XFX 6850 Black Edition?
They both have 820MHz core clock, 1100MHz Effective Memory Clock & run at 1GB GDDR5 Memory!

SPECS I WILL USE:


CASE: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
MOBO: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...
RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
HIS 6850: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
XFX 6850: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

NOTE: These cards are not the basic 6850's from these companies, they are there OC versions. ALSO, they both cost exactly the same on newegg.ca & cost the same for shipping.

ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED :) 

THANKS,
Wheelzz :) 


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April 2, 2011 2:43:48 PM

There really will be zero difference between these two cards.

But if I had to pick, I'd go for the HIS. It has a slightly larger fan so will be slightly quieter. Also the blue colour scheme looks nice :) 
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April 2, 2011 2:51:31 PM

Hello wheelzz;

Both would be excellent options. You can safely go with the least expensive (after rebate) of the two cards.
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April 2, 2011 2:53:31 PM

Do you need a HDD with your build?
Here is a combo deal with CPU/MB/RAM/HDD
Your same CPU & MB, DDR 3 1600 RAM and the 1TB HDD.
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April 2, 2011 4:22:36 PM

WR2 said:
Hello wheelzz;

Both would be excellent options. You can safely go with the least expensive (after rebate) of the two cards.

Thanks, you have helped me out on a few of my other threads to.

So there would be no performance difference beside temperature differences?
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April 2, 2011 4:29:22 PM

It's hard to judge if there will be any temp differences even with the differences in cooling setup. XFX might have a higher CFM flow where the HIS might have a bigger but slower turning fan to keep the card a bit quieter overall.
Performance wise you can expect them to be virtually identical.
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April 2, 2011 4:37:08 PM

Temperature differences and warranty should be your only concern for these cards.

I've found HIS cards to be quieter than other manufacturers. This is helped thanks to better cooling! Whether in this case it's quieter I'm not certain. You'd have to look at reviews of the cards.

You may want to consider the warranty times and RMA procedures for the two cards. If it costs you nothing having extra warranty time is obviously better. I have no experience with RMAs with either companies, and I hope you don't either, but some companies offer better services than others. Stuff like power swap (where they collect and replace your card at the same time) can be invaluable if you need to use your PC without days/weeks of downtime.
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April 2, 2011 4:53:03 PM

Rusting In Peace said:
Temperature differences and warranty should be your only concern for these cards.

I've found HIS cards to be quieter than other manufacturers. This is helped thanks to better cooling! Whether in this case it's quieter I'm not certain. You'd have to look at reviews of the cards.

You may want to consider the warranty times and RMA procedures for the two cards. If it costs you nothing having extra warranty time is obviously better. I have no experience with RMAs with either companies, and I hope you don't either, but some companies offer better services than others. Stuff like power swap (where they collect and replace your card at the same time) can be invaluable if you need to use your PC without days/weeks of downtime.

How would i find things like that out, the xfx card is said to be a bit noisy but the thing i like is that double lifetime warranty(lifetime warranty for me then if i go to sell it i might get more or sell it easier when they get a lifetime warranty)
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April 2, 2011 5:02:38 PM

Unless you have a side-by-side review of the two cards by the same reviewer there isn't any way to know for certain.
Any reviews by different sites might not be measuring in the same manner.

The double lifetime warranty is useful in reselling the graphics card. You have to balance that will the lower cost to purchase of the HIS card with the available rebate.
On that score I think it's still about the same overall benefit to you. Resell the XFX for $10 more in 2 years or save the $10 now.
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April 2, 2011 5:25:25 PM

is there a catch to the rebates?
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April 2, 2011 5:28:47 PM

There is always a catch - if you don't 'follow the instructions 100%' they sometimes turn down the rebate request.
But HIS and most of the other MFGRs have a good track record. Just fill out the forms and follow directions carefully, and you'll be OK.
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April 2, 2011 5:52:48 PM

WR2 said:
There is always a catch - if you don't 'follow the instructions 100%' they sometimes turn down the rebate request.
But HIS and most of the other MFGRs have a good track record. Just fill out the forms and follow directions carefully, and you'll be OK.

why is there a rebate, like what is it for? Also what is a MFGR?
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April 2, 2011 5:56:38 PM

MFGR = manufacturer.
Rebate = sales incentive. "Buy me - not him"
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April 2, 2011 6:17:54 PM

thanks for the help
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April 2, 2011 6:18:14 PM

Best answer selected by wheelzz.
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