For the 7870, cost isn't a concern to me. I just want the one with the best cooling system, price to performance ratio, and the lowest noise level. Is there a full review of either of the cards in the second post?
Gigabite. asus and saphire are 3 brand known for building well assembled prodct. Gigabite cooling is usualy pretty good but sometime they feel a little.overpriced. Asus and MSI are good overclocker choice because of the overclocking utility they have
i liked the his cooler in the at review. i'd rank msi second and then sapphire. msi's oc verson is higher priced because of the factory oc, i think... i didn't read all of the specs. most of the cards that have minor factory oc carry higher price premium.
I would choose Sapphire any day and have been using there cards since the 3850(AGP). Every one of them are still running in different PC's that is 3850 4850 5850 and my 2x 6950's. One reason I have stayed with Sapphire was the way they did the 3850(AGP) at the time every card but Sapphire's had to use a AGP Hotfix driver to get the card to work but Sapphire setup the bios so the card would be seen by the drivers without any hotfix's or other hacks. A friend of mine got a HIS version and constantly had problems with the drivers not finding the card.