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What's the difference between these two 5870's

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April 22, 2011 3:05:00 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
for $195

vs this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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=E...

So what's the catch with the $195 one? Why si it cheaper than the rest?

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April 22, 2011 3:19:57 AM

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.
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a c 183 U Graphics card
April 22, 2011 3:55:12 AM

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.
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a b U Graphics card
April 22, 2011 3:58:26 AM

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.

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a b U Graphics card
April 22, 2011 4:00:19 AM

Nothing wrong with the Gigabyte. Looks like it has a nice cooler too.
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a b U Graphics card
April 22, 2011 4:03:43 AM

the gygabyte one ships with bull-ish bios which has been said to make the device unstable, updates are available for it though
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a b U Graphics card
April 22, 2011 4:58:14 AM

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.
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April 22, 2011 3:44:59 PM

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.
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a c 183 U Graphics card
April 22, 2011 4:27:18 PM

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.
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a b U Graphics card
April 22, 2011 6:23:36 PM

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 !)
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a c 106 U Graphics card
April 22, 2011 7:11:11 PM

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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