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HD 7850 OC "Sapphire" or "Gigabyte" !

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June 22, 2012 3:30:58 AM

Hi i am planning to buy new HD 7850 Tomorrow and i found only two types in my country

1. Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB GDDR5 Windforce
http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4...

- Core Clock 975 MHz
- Ultra Durable 2 Technology
- WINDFORCE Cool Technology
- Gold plated HDMI
- Warranty 3 Years

Price: 258$

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2. SAPPHIRE HD 7850 OC 2GB GDDR5
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...

- Core Clock 920 MHz Core Clock
- Free 8GB USB.2 Flash
- Warranty 3 Years

Price: 243$

I guess the Gigabyte is better "cooling and OC and Features"
i mean the ultra durable and gold plated tech consider benefits sapphire don't had or i am wrong, my question is gigabyte extra 15$ worth it or not.. thanks :) 

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June 22, 2012 3:48:19 AM

I am leaning towards gigabyte
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June 22, 2012 4:03:21 AM

If you are not planning of overclocking, get the Gigabyte.

If you are, get the Sapphire.

But are good cards.
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June 22, 2012 4:28:15 AM

errorloading said:
Hi i am planning to buy new HD 7850 Tomorrow and i found only two types in my country

1. Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB GDDR5 Windforce
http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4...

- Core Clock 975 MHz
- Ultra Durable 2 Technology
- WINDFORCE Cool Technology
- Gold plated HDMI
- Warranty 3 Years

Price: 258$

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2. SAPPHIRE HD 7850 OC 2GB GDDR5
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...

- Core Clock 920 MHz Core Clock
- Free 8GB USB.2 Flash
- Warranty 3 Years

Price: 243$

I guess the Gigabyte is better "cooling and OC and Features"
i mean the ultra durable and gold plated tech consider benefits sapphire don't had or i am wrong, my question is gigabyte extra 15$ worth it or not.. thanks :) 

I like Sapphire for its lots of bundled accessories. An HDMI cable included:
CrossFire™ Bridge Interconnect Cable
Mini-DP to DP Cable
6 PIN to 4 PIN Power Cable
HDMI to SL-DVI Adapter(Full Retail SKU only)
HDMI 1.4a high speed 1.8 meter cable(Full Retail SKU only)
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June 22, 2012 10:30:32 AM

randomkid said:
I like Sapphire for its lots of bundled accessories. An HDMI cable included:
CrossFire™ Bridge Interconnect Cable
Mini-DP to DP Cable
6 PIN to 4 PIN Power Cable
HDMI to SL-DVI Adapter(Full Retail SKU only)
HDMI 1.4a high speed 1.8 meter cable(Full Retail SKU only)


you forgot to mention the Free USB Flash but anyway I don't need all sapphire output accessories stuff, i only use HDMI cable and i'm already own BELKIN Cable, all i need is better cooling and low noise level "also i'm that OC expert" so i guess i am not going to OC my pc

I guess Gigabyte already better OC but what abut the noise level and cooling ?
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June 22, 2012 10:31:11 AM

fantastik250 said:
If you are not planning of overclocking, get the Gigabyte.

If you are, get the Sapphire.

But are good cards.


i'm that OC expert" so i guess i am not going to OC my PC, I guess Gigabyte already better OC but what abut the noise level and cooling which is better ?
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June 22, 2012 11:04:53 AM

errorloading said:
you forgot to mention the Free USB Flash but anyway I don't need all sapphire output accessories stuff, i only use HDMI cable and i'm already own BELKIN Cable, all i need is better cooling and low noise level "also i'm that OC expert" so i guess i am not going to OC my pc

I guess Gigabyte already better OC but what abut the noise level and cooling ?

I think that goes to Gigabyte just for having 3 fans. I own Sapphire with Dual Fans ( 6950 ) but I have not run it by itself so I do not know how quite it is. Besides, the 6950 is a bigger chip so hotter & probably noisier than a 7850 with the heatsink/fan set up being the same.

I'd like to check for reviews ( there may be faces off between these solutions ) but I have to go. :)  Will try to catch up if still needed.
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June 22, 2012 11:07:58 AM

randomkid said:
I think that goes to Gigabyte just for having 3 fans. I own Sapphire with Dual Fans ( 6950 ) but I have not run it by itself so I do not know how quite it is. Besides, the 6950 is a bigger chip so hotter & probably noisier than a 7850 with the heatsink/fan set up being the same.

I'd like to check for reviews ( there may be faces off between these solutions ) but I have to go. :)  Will try to catch up if still needed.


both have 2 fans, sorry my mistake 1st link was for 7870 :pt1cable: 
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June 22, 2012 11:13:23 AM

I did not notice that too... Then save the $15 & go for Sapphire. :) 
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June 22, 2012 7:40:13 PM

It's up to you on the card. Usually the inexpensive card is worth it, if both cards have the same clocks. Don't get the more expensive card if the clocks are minimal ~15-25 Mhz
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June 23, 2012 10:50:43 AM

GIGABYTE IS BETTER!
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June 23, 2012 12:56:27 PM

On toms 7970 round up wind force got demolished by sapphire in both cooling and noise
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June 24, 2012 12:01:15 AM

errorloading said:
Thanks, i think you mean this post
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-over...


yes, thanks for finding it... I was on my phone and couldn't find it at all. stupid small screen

Edit: Also, all of that ultra durable and gold plated tech stuff from gigabyte's just pointless in my opinion. I'm sure they're not lying, but the only REAL telling factor about the manufacturing quality of a card's the warranty. and both offer 3 years. thus both companies must have enough confidence for enough of their cards to make it through 3 years without issues. beyond which, well, I can see you upgrading 3 years from now if it breaks then :p 
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June 24, 2012 12:03:20 AM

vmem said:
yes, thanks for finding it... I was on my phone and couldn't find it at all. stupid small screen


i can't compare both because the 7970 version with windforce 3 fans, 7800 serious got only 2 fans :pt1cable: 
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June 24, 2012 12:16:35 AM

errorloading said:
i can't compare both because the 7970 version with windforce 3 fans, 7800 serious got only 2 fans :pt1cable: 


The thing is, those 2 fans are the SAME fans (please correct me if I'm wrong guys).

Gigabyte uses the same type of fans for the single, double, and triple fan coolers of the windforce 3 series. so if anything, I'd expect the 2 fans to be a bit quieter than the 3 fan model, cooling would probably be about the same. at least those are my best guesses.

at the end of the day, a 50mhz overclock over the sapphire isn't worth $15 in my book. and that's the ONLY difference to me between the two cards. all the rest I see as purely marketing fluff
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June 24, 2012 12:16:40 AM

In this particular case, the Sapphire wins with a $15 savings, free USB & a lot more accessories whether it is needed now or not.
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June 25, 2012 3:46:06 PM

I ordered today Gigabyte's version which replaces my current XFX HD5770 1GB (reference cooler replaced with Arctic Cooling Accelero S2 VGA).

My specs are following:
i5 750 2.67 @ 4.0 (Noctua NH-D14)
Asus P7P55D-E
Kingston HyperX Genesis 1600Mhz DDR3 (2x4GB kit)
OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IPS (Win 7 Pro x64)
2 x Mechanic SATA-II drives (1TB + 2TB, for other data except OS)
Chieftec 650W PSU
FD Define 3
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June 26, 2012 1:31:28 AM

Quote:
I ordered today Gigabyte's version which replaces my current XFX HD5770 1GB (reference cooler replaced with Arctic Cooling Accelero S2 VGA).

My specs are following:
i5 750 2.67 @ 4.0 (Noctua NH-D14)
Asus P7P55D-E
Kingston HyperX Genesis 1600Mhz DDR3 (2x4GB kit)
OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IPS (Win 7 Pro x64)
2 x Mechanic SATA-II drives (1TB + 2TB, for other data except OS)
Chieftec 650W PSU
FD Define 3

Good for you. :) 
And the reason you posted in this thread is... ?
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June 27, 2012 5:02:54 AM

randomkid said:
Good for you. :) 
And the reason you posted in this thread is... ?


Idea was to edit same post (introduction) and add some benchmark results as a purpose to give supporting information for possible decision making.
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June 27, 2012 6:22:46 AM

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Idea was to edit same post (introduction) and add some benchmark results as a purpose to give supporting information for possible decision making.

I see. Sorry if I jump the gun (although the original post was 9 hours ago & still no edit when I asked...) Anyway, please feel free to provide more input. Cheers!
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