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Choosing between reference 7970s


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Oct 24, 2011
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Hey guys, I'm trying to decide between the XFX 7970 and the VisionTek 7970.

The XFX has a 2 year limited warranty, while the VisionTek has a lifetime warranty. Both are the same price.

I've never dealt with either of these companies in the past--any recommendations on which to choose?

Also, would you recommend that I wait for a non-reference design? I'm super antsy to get this as I'm upgrading from a 4870 512mb, but I'm wondering if I should wait it out... What do you think?

Thanks :)
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Reference is reference. Whichever one looks better to you.


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VisionTek, The XFX cards and customer service have become junk IMO.
Dont wait for custom boards, all the recent ATI board Custom boards have had features removed from them in order to save money for the company, hence reference cards should hold their value better if you change cards frequently.

Grab a card now, You wont regret it! :)