What's the difference between these two 5870's

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125326&cm_re=5870-_-14-125-326-_-Product
for $195

vs this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161329&cm_re=5870-_-14-161-329-_-Product
for like $300

If anything, based on the specs, the $195 is better than the $300 in like every way...?

And all the other 5870's are at around $300 it seems: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=5870&x=0&y=0

So what's the catch with the $195 one? Why si it cheaper than the rest?
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  1. The $195 one is made by Gigabyte which is more known for MOBOs than GPU's - so they may be selling them for less in order to build some market share -- It is definitely a better deal considering it has the dual fans - better looking copper heatpipes - also Gigabyte PC boards are known for using more copper between layers for better performance and using high quality components - so I'd order it if I was looking for one right now.
  2. To me it just looks like they're trying to get rid of old gpu stock. Most people are buying the 6950 in that price and performance range.
  3. JDFan said:
    The $195 one is made by Gigabyte which is more known for MOBOs than GPU's - so they may be selling them for less in order to build some market share -- It is definitely a better deal considering it has the dual fans - better looking copper heatpipes - also Gigabyte PC boards are known for using more copper between layers for better performance and using high quality components - so I'd order it if I was looking for one right now.


    Not really.
    Gigabyte has been making cards since the beginning of this millennium.
    Probably because HIS forgot/didnt want to reduce price to clear stock.

    IF you are buying the Gigabyte is a lot better.
  4. Nothing wrong with the Gigabyte. Looks like it has a nice cooler too.
  5. the gygabyte one ships with bull-ish bios which has been said to make the device unstable, updates are available for it though
  6. With the 6950 selling for $10 more, there's really no reason to buy a 5870 anymore. Considering the improved CF support and tessellation, $10 more for future proofing is money well spent. At least I'm happy I went with the 6950, fan's a bit nosy though.
  7. I have a similar issue. I currently have a 5870 (1gb) and am debating between going all out for 2 6850's (2GB), getting a 2nd 5870, or going with a nvidia 580. I play a lot of games with a 30 inch monitor (2560x1600). CPU is an i7 930 with 6gb memory.
  8. You already have 1 5870, they are similar performance to a 6950 so for you I think it would be best to get a 2nd 5870 if you need more power.
  9. twztechman said:
    I have a similar issue. I currently have a 5870 (1gb) and am debating between going all out for 2 6850's (2GB), getting a 2nd 5870, or going with a nvidia 580. I play a lot of games with a 30 inch monitor (2560x1600). CPU is an i7 930 with 6gb memory.


    2 5870s will out perform 2 6850s and and would be the way to go since you already have the 1 5870 (assuming you have the PSU and a Case with good airflow !)
  10. Get the gigabyte card. It has a better cooler than the HIS. I have two of them myself and nothing is wrong with them ^_^
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