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November 3, 2012 4:00:03 AM

This will be my second gpu Ill be buying and installing. The first one was an asus 6670 1gb I bought from newegg, and in all these 9 months I had it I dont complain a bit. Really quiet and does its job as best as possible. Now I want to get a 7870 since I want to get into more serious gaming, but there are so many brands to choose that I dont know which one is better than the other, and why.

Im looking at newegg and the one that has the most positive reviews is the gygabite one :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then there are 3 XFX versions of the 7870, with this one being on sale and most positive reviews:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are also MSI, and HIS brands.

I read some saphire versions have problems. Also theres the ASUS version that Im not sure how well it performs.

Im not looking that much into power, but more into quietness and temperature control.

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November 3, 2012 4:18:52 AM

k4ever said:
This will be my second gpu Ill be buying and installing. The first one was an asus 6670 1gb I bought from newegg, and in all these 9 months I had it I dont complain a bit. Really quiet and does its job as best as possible. Now I want to get a 7870 since I want to get into more serious gaming, but there are so many brands to choose that I dont know which one is better than the other, and why.

Im looking at newegg and the one that has the most positive reviews is the gygabite one :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then there are 3 XFX versions of the 7870, with this one being on sale and most positive reviews:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are also MSI, and HIS brands.

I read some saphire versions have problems. Also theres the ASUS version that Im not sure how well it performs.

Im not looking that much into power, but more into quietness and temperature control.

if you are more concerned about cooling and quietness then sapphire is way to go..no problem with GPU itself..there are driver issue which are resolved after new driver ,make sure to install with latest driver (catalyst 12.11 beta 4..stable and will give up to 15 % performance boost with 7*** series. :)  :)  )....so get sapphire 7870 ..runs soo cool and quite..i have mine 7850.....working like a charm..never gone beyond 60 with full load(room temp is always around 35 in my country)
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November 3, 2012 4:36:16 AM

docxxx said:
if you are more concerned about cooling and quietness then sapphire is way to go..no problem with GPU itself..there are driver issue which are resolved after new driver ,make sure to install with latest driver (catalyst 12.11 beta 4..stable and will give up to 15 % performance boost with 7*** series. :)  :)  )....so get sapphire 7870 ..runs soo cool and quite..i have mine 7850.....working like a charm..never gone beyond 60 with full load(room temp is always around 35 in my country)


You are right. I checked some other forums and they all mention that by just installing the latest drivers the black screen errors have been corrected.
Right now it also comes with far cry 3 for free, so Im veeeeery tempted in getting this card this weekend. Theres black friday/cyber monday in 3 weeks and I dont want to regret buying something right now, and then see that I could have saved more money later or get a better card for around the same price.
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November 3, 2012 4:51:56 AM

I would go for The MSI Radeon HD 7870 HAWK is the MSI Lightning's smaller brother. It uses the company's signature Twin Frozr II dual-fan cooler. MSI has also increased the clock speeds of the HD 7870 HAWK to 1100 MHz GPU and 1200 MHz memory.And can be overclocked even further it's a little beast!
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November 3, 2012 9:22:50 AM

k4ever said:
You are right. I checked some other forums and they all mention that by just installing the latest drivers the black screen errors have been corrected.
Right now it also comes with far cry 3 for free, so Im veeeeery tempted in getting this card this weekend. Theres black friday/cyber monday in 3 weeks and I dont want to regret buying something right now, and then see that I could have saved more money later or get a better card for around the same price.


the only better upgrade on 7870 will be 7950.....again you can go with sapphire...so if you can find 7950 on black friday around same price then go with it buddy.....otherwise 7870 will be just fine in 250 $..best card in price to performance ratio....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

look at this....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 3, 2012 12:16:09 PM

I recommend going for the sapphire version. Sapphire make very reliable cards. Driver issues are the problem sometimes (sometimes a bug with the drivers or just from human error). I personally have always had sapphire cards and never had a problem with them. And black Friday is coming soon. So that means you get a 7950 for the same price as the 7870. The vapor-x is a very good card is you're looking for one. Sadly I think they're all sold out now.


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November 3, 2012 2:33:56 PM

Originally I wanted to get a 7850, but then I saw the xfx 7870 on sale at newegg for only $20 more. XFX cards have a lifetime warranty, but that means they are more prone to malfunction than other cards made with better parts, and I care more for the latter scenario. A saphire/gygabite 7870 will cost me $50 more than my original saphire 7850 I was going to buy. I also have to get a new PSU of around 600W to power the card, and my budget is $250.

I think Im gonna wait a lil more time and see the deals for black friday/cyber monday and see if I can score a reliable 7870 for a good price. A 7950 will be overkill for me since I dont plan in playing on resolutions higher than 1920*1080, and definitely dont need the 3GB.
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November 3, 2012 2:34:40 PM

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November 3, 2012 3:03:03 PM

I would personally steer clear from Sapphire cards until they get the "noisy" GPU electrical issue fixed that causes black screens. I guess AMD has been investiagatin the issue for months, it was announced yesterday.

http://www.techpowerup.com/174858/Some-Sapphire-Radeon-...
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November 4, 2012 1:08:54 AM

Orlean said:
I would personally steer clear from Sapphire cards until they get the "noisy" GPU electrical issue fixed that causes black screens. I guess AMD has been investiagatin the issue for months, it was announced yesterday.

http://www.techpowerup.com/174858/Some-Sapphire-Radeon-...


I think this 7870 issue is isolated, and many still consider saphire a reputable brand. Ill see how prices of 7870s change, and see if I could afford one or just stick to a reliable proved and tested saphire 7850.
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