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XFX HD 6850 vs Sapphire HD 6850

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February 26, 2012 4:42:01 PM

I really need help deciding which brand graphics card to get.
Please share any additional info you might have on each brand.

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

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


At the moment,
XFX costs $169.99 - 20.00(Promo) - 15.00(MIR) = $134.99 <- Deal ends today (2/26)
Sapphire costs $149.99 - 15.00(Promocode) - 15.00(MIR) = $119.99 <- Deal ends Wed (2/29)

So there is a $15 difference in favor of Sapphire.

But the XFX card comes with two fans and a lifetime warranty, compared to the Sapphire's one fan and 2 year warranty.

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a b U Graphics card
February 26, 2012 4:59:18 PM

I personally prefer Sapphire over XFX (had both 6850's and the XFX ran hotter and louder). The XFX also had an annoying default 40% idle fan speed (nothing 3rd party software can't fix, but still...)
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February 26, 2012 5:01:02 PM

sosofm said:
XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 160$ and 140$ after rebates. Is better than 6850.
Between those two 6850 buy Sapphire.


Funny you mentioned that, I was suggesting on buying the XFX 6870 but it is an extra $20 compared to the Sapphire 6850 for a small boost in performance. If I end up picking the XFX 6850, I guess I'll just upgrade to the 6870.
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February 26, 2012 5:03:27 PM

tomyang521 said:
Funny you mentioned that, I was suggesting on buying the XFX 6870 but it is an extra $20 compared to the Sapphire 6850 for a small boost in performance. If I end up picking the XFX 6850, I guess I'll just upgrade to the 6870.


If your PSU allows it (it probably does), go for the 6870 the performance boost is easily worth the difference in price.
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February 26, 2012 5:07:03 PM

diec4st said:
I personally prefer Sapphire over XFX (had both 6850's and the XFX ran hotter and louder). The XFX also had an annoying default 40% idle fan speed (nothing 3rd party software can't fix, but still...)


Thanks for the reply but have you had the XFX 6850 with dual fans?
I've done some research and users have said it is considerbly less noisy and cooler as opposed to the single fan XFX version.
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February 26, 2012 5:42:27 PM

tomyang521 said:
Thanks for the reply but have you had the XFX 6850 with dual fans?
I've done some research and users have said it is considerbly less noisy and cooler as opposed to the single fan XFX version.


I had the single fan version, the dual one may be perfectly fine. You should really get this one instead of the 6850 :

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 26, 2012 6:24:53 PM

What resolution do you intend to game at?
If you are comfortable overclocking, the 6850 is near the same performance of the 6870.

And the performance between the 2 both at stock isn't insanely far apart.

I purchased the Sapphire 6850 on Newegg just recently, and will be interested to see
how far I can overclock it and compare it to stock performance in UniGine.

The 6850 seemed a better fit in my Gamma case, as well as not needing to PCIE plugs.
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February 26, 2012 6:41:50 PM

SingingThroughTheStorm said:
What resolution do you intend to game at?
If you are comfortable overclocking, the 6850 is near the same performance of the 6870.

And the performance between the 2 both at stock isn't insanely far apart.

I purchased the Sapphire 6850 on Newegg just recently, and will be interested to see
how far I can overclock it and compare it to stock performance in UniGine.

The 6850 seemed a better fit in my Gamma case, as well as not needing to PCIE plugs.



Atm 1440x900 but probably a bit higher in the future.

I'm looking forward to minor overclocking
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February 26, 2012 6:51:50 PM

tomyang521 said:
Atm 1440x900 but probably a bit higher in the future.

I'm looking forward to minor overclocking


For 1440x900 6850 would indeed be plenty, but if/when you upgrade to 1080p you'll be glad you spent 20$ more on the 6870.
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February 26, 2012 11:20:34 PM

diec4st said:
For 1440x900 6850 would indeed be plenty, but if/when you upgrade to 1080p you'll be glad you spent 20$ more on the 6870.


True. Except that it is $30 more after the rebate against the 6850
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February 26, 2012 11:49:58 PM

sosofm said:
XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 160$ and 140$ after rebates. Is better than 6850.
Between those two 6850 buy Sapphire.


That single fan model runs hot and loud. These are the only two HD 6870s I'd bother with:

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

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

HIS does quite well with its custom coolers. If I got one of the HD 6850s you linked I'd get the Sapphire. Better deal and quieter, cooler card.
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a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2012 1:18:44 AM

my recommendation rests with the XFX - but ONLY for the Dual-Fan version of their cards - they're famous for lower temperatures, and less noise at the same clock speeds as their single-fan kin. I have owned a dual fan version of XFX Black Edition 7970 card... all I have to say about it in respect to design is that it runs very cool and quiet, even when its slightly overclocked.
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March 5, 2012 12:06:24 AM

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