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Old September 14, 2009, 02:34 PM
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Hey everyone, trying to decide on a new GPU. Used to have an XFX 8800GT XXX but have been using the IGP on my Asus P5E-Vm(G35) due to needing HD surround support over hdmi. I am in the market for a Radeon HD 4890 but can't pick which vendor/model. Right now I have my sights set on either the Sapphire Vapor-X (870MHz/4.2GHz) at $214(NewEgg), and the Diamond XOC (925MHz/4.2GHz) at $234 (DirectCanada). I usually buy XFX but I want something with a higher factory OC, and both of these have that and are cheaper as well. I will probably OC as high as I can but would like to keep heat to a minimum as I have a mATX case (Silverstone Sugo). I also would prefer a card that has 2x6pin connectors as I don't have an 8pin PCI-E cable (my PSU can support it but I am missing the cable for some reason). The Sapphire is nice because of all the connectivity options(but not necessary).

Paired with:
Silverstone Strider 600w
ASUS P5E-Vm
Core 2 Duo E8400 3GHz
2x2GB G. Skill DDR2-1000
Samsung 1TB HDD
LG Blu-ray Combo drive
Acer H243H 24" 1920x1080 (which is the res I plan to game at)

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Old September 14, 2009, 02:49 PM
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My XFX HD4890 overclocks quite well. Namely, to 970Mhz GPU clock, 1150Mhz (4.6Ghz) Memory Clock.

I don't see the point of paying for an OC as low as (870Mhz/4.2Ghz) or (925Mhz/4.2Ghz) when you can quite easily overclock(and you plan to do it) it to those speeds.
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Old September 14, 2009, 03:09 PM
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Cooling wise doesn't the vapor-x have a bit of an advantage...although I read that its a BAD overclocker... I would get the XFX XXX edition if I was buying XFX anyway.
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Old September 14, 2009, 03:10 PM
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Is it just for gaming or do you plan on doing protein folding now or in the near future as Nvidia does thousands better ppd then ATI and my question should be taken into consideration
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Old September 14, 2009, 03:32 PM
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I need the 7.1 support over hdmi so ATI is the way i'm going, but I do FAH.
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Old September 18, 2009, 02:31 PM
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Ended up driving and picking up an MSI Cyclone OC (880/3900) at MemoryExpress for $229 (same price as NCIX without having to get it shipped). The first card I got had overheating problems so they did a swap for me and now the card works great. I have OC'ed to 950Mhz core and 4.2GHz memory so far without any hiccups, the card can be loud but only in the 80-100% fan speed range which should NEVER be necessary as this card runs very cool. My idle temps (depending on room temp) range from 40-45 degrees and load from 65-70. Runs everything I throw at it flawlessly while having excellent cooling this was a great value IMO.
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