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ATI HD 6870 1GB: which Brand?

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December 11, 2011 11:03:58 PM

I'm upgrading from a XFX ATI 5770 1GB to a 6870 1GB, I'm not sure what model to purchase. XFX cards worked for me in the past with no problems, but I see this MSI model with 2 fans, and a gigabyte model with 3 fans. Does this potentially mean a quieter noise level on load? (I love quiet computers) Which one will give me the best performance? Best warranty? Price isn't a huge factor, and I don't plan on overclocking. I will be playing titles such as Skyrim, SWTOR, and battlefield 3 at 1900x1200. The models I'm considering are below, feel free to suggest any that aren't here.

XFX HD687AZHFC AMD Radeon HD 6870 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.1 x16 Video Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

6870TWINFROZRII AMD Radeon HD 6870 Twin Frozr II 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.1 x16 Video Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

GV-R687OC-1GD AMD Radeon HD 6870 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.1 x16 Video Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

(let me know if links don't work)
PC specs
AMD Phenom ii x4 975 @ 3.6 ghz
4GB PNY DDR3 RAM 1333Mhz
GA-880GM-UD2H Socket AM3 880G mATX Motherboard
XFX 5770 1GB
750W Thermaltake PSU

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December 11, 2011 11:30:22 PM

Rule out the XFX it is going to be loudest! I personally would get the MSI and I have seen a lot of folks recommend it here.
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December 11, 2011 11:53:18 PM

I've just heard some interesting things about the MSI, it gets to 90 degrees Celsius on load for some people. Anyone want to explain this?
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December 12, 2011 12:13:19 AM

From reviews I've read of other MSI Twin Frozr cards, it seems that the fans stay at low RPM's when under stress. It's not a big issue, you just need to use MSI Afterburner or Catalyst Control Center to increase the fan speed.
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December 13, 2011 3:59:15 AM

i almost got the twin frozr 2 but this was in a local shop so im impatient and couldnt wait but glad i got that one , each card manufacturer seems to have their own gimmick about their own cards when really they are all very similar
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