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Which Radeon HD 6670 Card Should I Get?

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June 17, 2012 9:05:37 AM

Hello, community. This is my first post on this site. These forums have been a valuable resource to me for years. Up until now, I have been using the Ubuntu Forums for help, but I think it's about time to take my hardware-related questions to, well, a hardware-related site.

Anyway, I'm looking to "replace" my integrated Radeon HD 4200. I've spent days narrowing down the options that fit within my $65 budget, and I've come to the conclusion that the 6670 is satisfactory. However, there are many manufacturers of this card, and I'm puzzled as to which is the best option.

I've found the cheapest 6670s on http://www.gadgetneeds.net (Also, is this a good site for buying hardware?). As you can tell from this page: http://www.gadgetneeds.net/search.php?search_query=rade..., I am not at a shortage of options.

Here's a rather handy list of questions:
1) Is the 6670 indeed the best card for my budget? If not, what other cards perform better? If so:
2) Which brand do you believe is best?
3) With regards to overclocking, how does the 6670 fair? Do some brands overclock better? (As in: FPS increase, stability and temp)
4) With regards to drivers, how well does Linux support these cards?
5) Just as a confirmation, PCI-E x16 2.0 slots support 2.1 cards, correct?

I think that's about it. Many thanks in advance for the help.

Specs:
AMD Phenom II X4 830 @ 2.8GHz
Foxconn 2AB1 Motherboard
2GB DDR3 SDRAM (Will upgrade sometime, however, has so far sufficed)
Windows 7 64bit
Ubuntu 12.04 64bit

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June 17, 2012 9:23:07 AM

Well I've never heard of gadgetneeds... Where do you live? People in the states usually use Newegg.com.
I dont think you should really worry too much about manufacturer, as this card will run cool anyway because its a low power solution. Also I'm assuming the 6670 wont overclock very well, so you shouldn't worry about that either.
Go for a well known, respected brand that gives you a good warranty. Make sure the card/company dosn't look cheap, then, of course, go for lowest price.
Almost all of the cards on the gadget site are made by well-known companies.
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June 17, 2012 9:31:13 AM

Thanks for the reply. I've never heard of them either. I live in the States, by the way.

Normally, I'd go to Newegg, but I haven't found a 6670 that fits in my budget on that site. So I searched on Google Shopping, and found a lot of these for low prices and free shipping on gadgetneeds.net.

I'll be googling the brands in a bit. Are there any brands that you would rule out? Any that you would promote?
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June 17, 2012 9:38:37 AM

Also, there are many 6670s made by the same manufacturer, all with similar specs. How do I find which is better than the other?
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June 17, 2012 10:11:50 AM

have you googled reviews of that site i did a quick search and theres a few pages saying it seems fake.
google it yourself i mean, the prices seem really low there sounds too good to be true me thinks.


one of the phrases ive read about it.
"This site seems to good to be true and does not list any customer support lines for contact. The privacy policy also seems to be generically copied from another website. Stay Away!"
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a b U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 10:16:44 AM

In regards the varying cards from the same company: go for highest clock rate (factory overclocked) and best cooling. Usually, the bigger the cooler the better the cooling.
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June 17, 2012 10:23:00 AM

fraza said:
have you googled reviews of that site i did a quick search and theres a few pages saying it seems fake.
google it yourself i mean, the prices seem really low there sounds too good to be true me thinks.


one of the phrases ive read about it.
"This site seems to good to be true and does not list any customer support lines for contact. The privacy policy also seems to be generically copied from another website. Stay Away!"


Yeah, but I wanted to hear your guys' opinions first. Obviously I wasn't going to buy it without having a little piece of mind first. If it is indeed a scam, that should help further narrow down my search to other sites. Thanks for the help.
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a b U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 10:40:09 AM

Why dont you save up a bit more and get a 6850? Or a 6770?
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June 17, 2012 10:45:27 AM

vrumor said:
Why dont you save up a bit more and get a 6850? Or a 6770?

Well it's a pretty big jump - about $50. I'm not a high-end gamer. I don't need to run my games at 50FPS on max settings. I just need a good dedicated card that I can afford as of now, and I think this card will do just fine.
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a b U Graphics card
June 17, 2012 11:47:57 AM

Why are you going for the DDR3 versions? they perform terrible compared to their DDR5 versions.

This is 10 dollars more (added shipping: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and comes with an MIR.) and performs much better then the DDR3 versions

If you aren't opposed to spending a bit more a 7750 uses the same amount of power as a 6670 but has the graphical power of a 6770.
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