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March 31, 2012 7:09:17 AM

For both AMD and NVIDIA, what is the best reference 7870 available right now? What makes a certain brand a better buy than another? Thanks.

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a c 79 U Graphics card
a b À AMD
a b Î Nvidia
March 31, 2012 7:18:58 AM

i think powercolor's is the one closest to a reference board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but these could be better
msi twin frozr
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
sapphire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
gigabyte
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
what makes them better than others? idk.. i'd guess - better cooling system, possibly higher binned gpus, better factory oc, better warranty, bundled extras like adapters etc.
i couldn't find the his 7870 on newegg though.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5691/the-retail-radeon-hd...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7870_Direct_...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-radeon-hd-7870-o...
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1450/pg1/sapphire...
these are the only nvidia 7800 i found ;P
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March 31, 2012 7:24:43 AM

if u can go with HIS , u won't be disapointed
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March 31, 2012 7:31:46 AM

I would appreciate reasons. :) 
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March 31, 2012 7:58:44 AM

What is the clock speed of the MSI Twin Frozr 7870?
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March 31, 2012 8:11:03 AM

What is the advantage of the MSI reference design against the GIGABYTE and Sapphire designs? Why is the MSI priced $10 higher?
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a b Î Nvidia
March 31, 2012 8:29:15 AM

MSI's cooler is better I think.

For cheaper ones, I would go for Sapphire or HIS.
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March 31, 2012 8:31:15 AM

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?
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March 31, 2012 8:37:15 AM

MSI Twin frozer is what you'd got in my opinion.

There is no review yet now, but MSI TFIII used to be good, so I pretty much trust it.
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March 31, 2012 8:40:16 AM

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
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a b Î Nvidia
March 31, 2012 9:28:40 AM

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.
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March 31, 2012 9:39:04 AM

MSI twin Forzr is NOISY @ full speed , Beware ...
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March 31, 2012 3:42:18 PM

I don't plan to run the fans at full speed btw. So far it is between Sapphire and MSI.
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March 31, 2012 4:46:00 PM

I only plan to run MSI at 40% fan speed @ 1200 MHz.
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March 31, 2012 4:48:18 PM

I have the Sapphire. I think I got a gimp board, because anything over 1125 mhz crashes, so I'm running a conservative 1100/1375. (1450mhz on mem is easy). YMMV.

I like the card though, just a minor hiccup on the OC.
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March 31, 2012 4:50:52 PM

Now it is between the GIGABYTE and MSI Twin Frozr III. I honestly cannot decide!
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March 31, 2012 4:54:04 PM

People have said they got 1200/1450 stable on the Sapphire, so don't count it out yet!

Between those, I would get the Gigabyte, 1100 on the core stock.
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March 31, 2012 4:57:36 PM

There are so many good reference 7870s that it is hard narrowing it down. :/ 
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March 31, 2012 9:44:35 PM

Guess I'll just choose the Gigabyte.
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a b À AMD
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April 1, 2012 12:18:17 AM

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.
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April 1, 2012 12:44:46 AM

Sapphire does sound good! I will buy it and see if I like it. Thanks!
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April 1, 2012 12:44:55 AM

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