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Sapphire 4870 1GB, Powercolor PCS or HIS 4870 512mb??

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  1. minstreless

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    after a sudden change from my friend, he couldn't offer Sapphire 4870 1GB, so i'll either have to go for a 4870 with 512MB memory for a good price, or take the Sapphire 1GB for almost $200 USD, which is then a brand new card.

    so yeah... can you please help me to find a nice card?

    Which card should I go for? I've got these requirements for the card:
    - not expensive (below $200 if possible?)
    - must have good standard gear (cooling, performance etc.), because i don't want to start changing stuff etc
    - either 512MB or 1GB. most preferable would be 1GB...
    - must be as quiet as possible
    - must have good performance
    - NOT an X2 card! i am only going for a single (X1) for now!
    - NOT other card than Radeon 4870!

    more info:
    - i am NOT a hardcore gamer, so i DON'T want max performance or something like that since i won't be playing all the newest games etc.
    - i've got a 19" Dell UltraSharp for now, but will upgrade to a 22" or 24" either in summer or autumn

    Here's the rest of my computer specs:
    - AMD Phenom II X3 720
    - Antec Three Hundred
    - Asus M3A78-T
    - Corsair TX 650W
    - OCZ Gold XTC 4096 MB DDR2 PC6400

    so... any suggestions on which Radeon 4870 would be perfect for my use??

    so far, it seems that HIS, PowerColor and Sapphire are the clear choices. each with 1GB memory. what you all reckon?
     
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    I'd say sapphire. What models did you look at specifically?
     
  3. RevengE

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    uhhh sapphire.
     
  4. minstreless

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    I see... Sapphire, huh? How come? Because it has 1GB? What about cooling and silence? How's that according to the other cards I mentioned?

    These cards:
    - Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 4870 PCS Extreme 512MB
    - HIS Radeon HD 4870 512MB 750Mhz
    - Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1024MB 750Mhz

    Not sure how I can explain this any further...

    Here's the rest of my computer specs:
    - AMD Phenom II X3 720
    - Antec Three Hundred
    - Asus M3A78-T
    - Corsair TX 650W
    - OCZ Gold XTC 4096 MB DDR2 PC6400
     
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    Well due to the fact that it's 1GB and sapphires cool well as long as your case is organized and you use rivatuner. In the future you may want to upgrade your monitor and the 1gb will help performance. I am a Sapphire guy but I also like HIS I have owned both and both are great cards.plus I would prefer a Single card setup over crossfire anyday. Ask yourself this would you rather have the dirty hooker for a night? (powercolor) or the beatiful young intelligent girl for life? (sapphire)
     
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    Sapphire is better in my experience. But since ur not a hardcore gamer then get the PC PCS.
     
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    Why the sapphire is the same price? Why not get more than you need..in the future he might upgrade something.might as well for the price being the same. That's like saying hey we will give you 2 houses for the price of one and you saying no that's okay I'll take one.
     
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    Personally I'm a Powercolor fan, but their 4870s have been a let down. Mine had to go back for RMA, and I know a few others in the same boat. However my Sapphire 1GB is performing flawlessly and I've not heard a bad word against them. If you can get yourself the one with the custom dual-slot cooler then you're kicking. :)
     
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    My vote: Get the sapphire.
     
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    1gb card and a 512mb card for the same price?... You're seriously asking this :p
     
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    I really don't know why? It's a pretty obvious answer GET THE SAPPHIRE!!
     
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    yea Sapphire FTW. That 1GB one has a great cooler on it
     
  13. BrooksyX

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    Go with the Sapphire. The others are good to but the Sapphire seems to have a pretty good aftermarket cooler on it that supposedly performs better than the default cooler.
     
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    Powercolor was very poor to none support ... tested by my self .

    My vote on Sapphire ...
     
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    Not to be cliche, but go with the Sapphire.

    The other cards are no better in terms of cooling or performance, but they have 512MB less memory. Makes it quite easy to decide :p
     
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    wow. so many replies in NO TIME! hella nice! thank you for all your replies!

    the only thing that seems to make A BIIIT confused about this, is that the Sapphire Radeon 4870 1GB is ALMOST new. my friend has been using it for 2 weeks (only a few days though, since he barely play any games), but then he got a monster card for his birthday, and he is reliable, and it works like a charm. he also said that if that's making me to back away from the deal, i can go for either the HIS or Powercolor PCS, but they are, like I mentioned before; NEW and 512mb, while the Sapphire is slightly used for 2 weeks (it looks really new too) and it is 1GB ...

    so yeah... i am leaning more and more towards the Sapphire now, yes. and will probably go for it was well.

    also, i calculated the price a bit wrong; i get the Sapphire for $20 USD less than the Powercolor and HIS because the Sapphire card is used, while the PowerColor PCS and HIS are new in box.

    All cables, drivers and warranty comes with the Sapphire card.

    So yeah, should I still go for the Sapphire one then?
     
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    Are we talking about the Sapphire toxic ?

    The one with the cooler that looks like Zalman GV1000 with a plastic cover on it ..
     
  18. BrooksyX

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    Nah pretty sure its the basic Sapphire one that has the black cooler on it.
     
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    Two weeks is nothing man go for it!
     
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    Goodie gumdrops!

    I will tell my friend before he leaves tomorrow that I will take his Sapphire one. He works at this hardware store, so he got a good deal on his Gainward 4870X2, so that's why he's offering a friendship-based deal for one of the mentioned cards.

    But yeah, it's the basic Sapphire 4870 1GB, not the Toxic one.

    So, you all agree that I shall go with the 1GB, yes?

    Also, I _will_ upgrade my monitor to a 24" this autumn, so I guess it's a better reason to go for the 1GB _even_ if it's used, yes?
     
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    Yes and yes I use a 24inch with my 4870X2 your 4870 1gb will be great for that size monitor.
     
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    Nop ....you will go for the Toxic one .... or else you will have to pay for another cooler , and that , will cost more .
     
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    The stock cooler is just fine. The toxic isn't even all that much better.

    Go with the 1gb Sapphire. It will be great for you for a long time to come.
     
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    Ah. I understand. Well, I think that even if the 4870 is used for a couple of weeks, I am quite sure that the Sapphire 1GB will do excellent for me, especially for future purposes, right?

    I should probably mention that I will get the card for $75 USD while the other 2 cards goes for $100 each. That's an acceptable price, yes?
     
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    Just find out the db levels of its one , and make your mind.

    Few dollars more or less , does not count , you will have to live next to it for some time.
     

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