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What is the Best HD 6870?

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July 14, 2011 4:19:59 PM

Ok so im going to be purchasing a 6870 in the next couple of day from newegg but there is so many to chose from. I want to know which one is the best to get that wont die out after 5 months and the one that has the most power or performance. I also don't really want to pay more than 185 for the card. I know a lot of them come with free games so that wont be a bad idea either if i could come with one but its not the end of the world. So to make the long story short i want to know which HD6870 on newegg has the best price to performance ratio and which one wont cost me a arm and a leg. if there are any better cards than the 6870 for around 185 please let me know.
Thanks a head of time.

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July 14, 2011 7:09:15 PM

ubercake said:
Sapphire's decent reference card with a 2/2 warranty for $175:

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

This is a great Gigabyte card with a decent factory OC:

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

You'll have to push it to $200 for that one, though it has a slight OC and a 3/2 warranty.


ok well i've look at the sapphire one and it seems to be a pretty good deal. do you think this card is going to last me for more than a year or will i have to be upgrading again soon.

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

this card also has a lot of good reviews and is similar to the sapphire one and comes with a free game. The thing that worries me tho is that I saw a couple reviews saying that the card died after 5 months. What do you think about this dying after 5 months and even if it where to die could i get a knew one replaced for free?
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July 14, 2011 7:22:44 PM

You would have to look at the individual manufacturer's warranties to see if you would have to incur any shipping costs if you needed a repair. For the most part, the cards will work for a long time. If you do have an issue, just contact the manufacturer.

HIS is a decent manufacturer too with a 2/2 warranty.

I wouldn't make my decision based around a free game, though.
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July 14, 2011 7:26:47 PM

ubercake said:
You would have to look at the individual manufacturer's warranties to see if you would have to incur any shipping costs if you needed a repair. For the most part, the cards will work for a long time. If you do have an issue, just contact the manufacturer.

HIS is a decent manufacturer too with a 2/2 warranty.

I wouldn't make my decision based around a free game, though.


so you think i should go with the sapphire one
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July 14, 2011 7:34:57 PM

ubercake said:
That's a good choice for the reference model. Sure.

If you want that game at some point it's $10 on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Dirt-2-Pc/dp/B001UVV8QS/ref=sr_1_...


Do you think that the sapphire card could run games maxed out on a 24 inch monitor at 1080p.
not that i have one but in the future i will be upgrading to a new monitor
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a c 128 U Graphics card
July 14, 2011 7:39:34 PM

No. Not all of them. If you're looking for that kind of performance, and I'm talking cranking up the AA/AF and all the highest distances and details, you'll need at least a 6970 or a GTX 580.

You'll still get decent performance (60+fps) if you run with little to no AA on at 1080p.
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July 14, 2011 7:42:10 PM

ubercake said:
No. Not all of them. If you're looking for that kind of performance, and I'm talking cranking up the AA/AF and all the highest distances and details, you'll need at least a 6970 or a GTX 580.

You'll still get decent performance (60+fps) if you run with little to no AA on.



so you think that the 6870 will still handle 1080p on medium and high settings on some games.

and do you happen to know any decent Cpu coolers for a cheap price.
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a c 128 U Graphics card
July 14, 2011 7:53:03 PM

Yeah. You're quality at 1080p will be medium to high. I use BFBC2 as a good guage for performance:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6870/8...

Consider that your 6870 at 1080p will fall somewhere between 1650x1080 and 1920x1200. You'll be able to max out the details, but just keep the AA at 2x and you'll stay primarily above the 60fps mark.

I'm a fan of the Coolermaster hyper 212+ because out of the box for $20 after rebate, it does a better job of keeping an i7-9xx cool than my H50 with after market fans at $100.

It's the best cheap cooler out there.
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July 14, 2011 7:59:27 PM

ubercake said:
Yeah. You're quality at 1080p will be medium to high. I use BFBC2 as a good guage for performance:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6870/8...

Consider that your 6870 at 1080p will fall somewhere between 1650x1080 and 1920x1200. You'll be able to max out the details, but just keep the AA at 2x and you'll stay primarily above the 60fps mark.

I'm a fan of the Coolermaster hyper 212+ because out of the box for $20 after rebate, it does a better job of keeping an i7-9xx cool than my H50 with after market fans at $100.

It's the best cheap cooler out there.


ok well then the sapphire 6870 it is.

i was also looking at the hyper 212 but they just recently upped the price to 50 bucks so im just wondering if its still worth it.
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July 14, 2011 8:04:53 PM

ubercake said:
Wow. That's crazy about the hyper 212. Do you live near a microcenter? Or you could get it shipped if not....

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...



well ill have to look maybe newegg made a mistake and priced it wrong. but if not i really don't want to order from 2 different websites. I do live near a frys electronics so i could look there.
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a c 128 U Graphics card
July 14, 2011 8:07:51 PM

irCRiz said:
well ill have to look maybe newegg made a mistake and priced it wrong. but if not i really don't want to order from 2 different websites. I do live near a frys electronics so i could look there.

Yeah. Definitely check it out and save a few bucks.
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July 14, 2011 8:09:30 PM

ubercake said:
Yeah. Definitely check it out and save a few bucks.


yea cause i dont want to spend 50 bucks on a cooler
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