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Help me decide on what brand

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
April 14, 2012 6:14:56 AM

I'm planning to buy a new videocard for my IB build. I would buy a 7850 but I cannot decide what brand. I've narrowed down my choices to XFX 7850 Black Edition and Sapphire 7850 OC. So which is good?

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a b U Graphics card
April 14, 2012 6:20:08 AM

The Sapphire is obviously overclocked, whereas the XFX isn't. Is there much of a price difference between both?
a c 175 U Graphics card
April 14, 2012 9:50:03 AM

Gman450, 'Black Edition' Means overclocked. The XFX 7850 BE as far as I know is clocked at 975Mhz with DD Cooler (Great!) and sapphire OC is clocked at 920Mhz with their dual fan cooler (not sure what they are called). I would suggest you to go with the XFX one because it's clocked higher (Doesn't matter if you want to OC yourself though, but higher clock is something you would consider when the price of the two cards are the same), Has DD (Double Dissipation Cooling) and Dual Lifetime warranty. But really, these are the same cards so they are not that much different, both card are well built cards from famous brands.
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a b U Graphics card
April 14, 2012 10:00:32 AM

I thought there was a separate OC'd one...
April 14, 2012 10:30:47 AM

As stated above, both are top of the line brands. However, I have heard bad things about Sapphire's Customer Service. Personally, I'd go with the XFX.