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Old February 12, 2009, 12:24 PM
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I'll be buying new video card soon and my price range has led me to believe (about 300$) that the 4870 is the way to go. I was wondering if anybody knew which 4870 tends to come out on top over the others in benchmarks and such. I've looked for reviews comparing the main companies' cards but came up with nothing.

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Old February 12, 2009, 01:33 PM
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I'd take a look at XFX. If anything their warranty puts them ahead in the ATI card pack.
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I would seriously only buy one now with an aftermarket cooler. The stock coolers are ok, and if you want to be first fine, but if you wait as you have take advantage of some cooler partners, hehe love that pun.

I have the ASUS Dark Knight line of 4870s with 1GB ram, and I am here to tell you this cooler rocks. Silent and keeps my card in 40s idle and hi 50s under load. I am almost finished my CPU OC testing and will be trying to OC my vid card. I make sure my clocks are stable for weeks, I will trade a few FPS for stability any day.

XFX is a good brand, Powercolor is good as well. Visiontek seems to be a good company and with ATI you can never go wrong with a Sapphire. Just stay clear of stock coolers.
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XFX, no two ways about it.
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Definitely XFX, considering how their warranty it by far a HUGE step beyond any of the other manufacturers. XFX had my new RMA'd card within 2 weeks (8800GT). Right now it's the only way to go, and they don't even have MIR's on products that are already at low prices.
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XFX gets a vote from me too...that warranty is hard to ignore...even if you pay a bit more for it...
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palit sonic cheap and fast imo
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Stay far away from Sapphire and Powercolor. Sapphire has horrible support should something go wrong, and I have yet to see a good review of a Powercolor card. XFX has the best warranty followed shortly by Visiontek, HIS, Palit etc. As mentioned many times go with XFX, it has the best warranty, and will hold it's value longer than any other card, for that reason.
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Problem with XFX is that you end up paying +30% for the warranty.
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$20 difference @ NCIX for cheapest, powercolor:

NCIX.com - Buy Powercolor Radeon HD 4870 780MHZ 1GB GDDR5 2XDVI PCI-E Video Card - AX4870 1GBD5-PPH In Canada.

$290


vs teh XFX:

NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 4870 XXX 775MHZ 1GB 3.8GHZ DDR5 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - HD487AZDDC In Canada.

$309...



That's only like 6% difference for regular prices, which ain't so bad.

%30 would be $90....and then yeah, it wouldn't be worth it.
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