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Old February 19, 2009, 07:00 PM
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Wow those are some good prices they are hitting now. I'd go with an OC'd asus myself and add a bit more to it. My stock 4870's (out from day 1) are quite happy at 820/1000 but as they are xfired I cant get both over 790 simultaneously (stupid CCC)
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Old February 19, 2009, 09:28 PM
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I have the Asus 4870 DK 1GB and it is ROCK SOLID, I'm loving it. Smooth as butter and super fast. Overclocks very nice and I've tested upto 840/1050.
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Old February 19, 2009, 11:44 PM
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If I had to pick I'd go with the XFX all the way. All other ATI partners can't touch XFX for quality customer support and warranty. It was a great day for team red when XFX entered the scene.
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Thanks Everyone,

I went with the ASUS DK TOP, because of price. Tried to get the non TOP, but they were sold out.

I have it now.. hope it works!!!
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Old February 25, 2009, 08:30 PM
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Sapphire's first run of 4870's were faulty(by their own admission) and a lot of them had to be RMAed.(Mine included) The one they sent back was from a different batch produced later and it seems fine so far. I would have to agree though, Visiontek and XFX both offer lifetime warranties. Definitely something worth considering before to fork out your hard earned dollars.
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Old February 26, 2009, 12:55 AM
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Sapphire's first run of 4870's were faulty(by their own admission) and a lot of them had to be RMAed.(Mine included) The one they sent back was from a different batch produced later and it seems fine so far. I would have to agree though, Visiontek and XFX both offer lifetime warranties. Definitely something worth considering before to fork out your hard earned dollars.
That's a refreshing change, and good to hear. (That they took responsibility without too much fuss, not that you had a problem with your card).

Any ideas on what the difference was in the new revision? My last run with Sapphire was a 1950pro, and the first batches had systemic overheating issues.... after the second RMA I finally received a new revision with completely revamped VRM circuitry, which seemed to solve the issue.

When I rail against Sapphire, it's not because I had issues with their cards (they put out a ton of units, so I expect some problems), it's because of the way they dealt with users when large batches of cards had problems. It'd be great if they've turned a new leaf WRT customer service.
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The only thing I really noticed is that it has a totally different BIOS according to GPU-Z. Also, the part number for the card is stamped into the outer ring of the fan. The one I sent had no such number. Just as an FYI, they have a company in Markham that you send your RMAs too. I sent it out last Wednesday and got it back yesterday, I was expecting a much longer wait so it was a pleasant surprise.
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Wow!!! That is good news!
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That would be a good change if Sapphire started stepping up on the company support levels. It would give us more options as users.
Heck, I've been in Canada Computers a few times browsing, and seen some amazing deals on VC's, but then I look and see 'Sapphire' on the box and shrug it off and walk away.
I long for the day when I don't need to do that lol!

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Maybe the worm has finally turned. I was not expecting only a 7 day turnaround and so far I haven't run into a single problem. I've thrown everything that was giving me a problem before at it and it hasn't hiccuped once. Mind you, I've only had it back for a day.

Here's a copy of the email I sent them today and the response:


We do not know the technical issue of your old card, we just sent back to
Sapphire, and Sapphire replaced it.

-----Original Message-----
From: Name Withheld(edit)
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 11:19 AM
To: RMA (Althon)
Subject: Re: RMA request Sapphire Radeon HD4870 390110.

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your rapid response to my
request. I received the card yesterday evening and so far the new card
is working well and has handled everything I have thrown at it the way I
originally expected it to. I have had no crashes or hitches at all.

Just as an aside, what was the problem with the card I sent back?

Yours appreciatively,

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