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Old May 25, 2010, 09:29 PM
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Hey Everyone,
I'm trying to bite the bullet and decide what I'm getting for a new GPU in my tower at home. I've narrowed it down to either the Sapphire Vapor-X 5870 1GB or the EVGA Superclocked+ 470 GTX. Has anyone had any experience with the Superclocked+ 470 GTX? I don't expect it to be as quiet as the Vapor-X, but as long as it's not egregiously loud I might jump to team green.

More importantly, how is EVGA for Warranty? I know they offer a lifetime warranty, but are they reasonable/good to deal with? Has anyone had any personal RMA experience? I really like the idea of a better warranty than Sapphire's 2 year 'go-to-store' warranty, but I'm not sure that in two years I won't want to upgrade anyway.

Any insights or experience you can provide would be great.
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Old May 25, 2010, 09:42 PM
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Both are very good Cards..

Evga Support is great......browse this link for many answers..
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Old May 26, 2010, 05:51 AM
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I'm running the base level Sapphire 5870 and i am very happy with its performance, its overclock and temperatures i get while running the fan at 30 or 40% (40% is when the fan speed on the base model of the 5870 with sapphire starts to make noise).
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Old May 26, 2010, 08:46 AM
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I've had good luck with Sapphire warranty for my HD4890 Vapor-X from Direct Canada. Got in touch with Sapphire directly and then they forwarded me to their 3rd party handler. From there I dropped it off at their office (Markham, ON) and paid $25 I think? Then the card was shipped to me the next week. Took like 3 weeks for the entire process.
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Thanks for the input guys (or girls). It's good to hear that Saph's warranty process is pretty painless, if a bit short in period.

Does anyone know if the 470s are running anymore efficiently or cooling with the new drivers? I realize it hasn't been that long since release, but as quite a few people cried 'OMG wait till nVidia drivers is better ATI den all your bases will belong to us' I'm curious if there's been much improvement (on any fronts).
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Old May 27, 2010, 01:57 PM
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Decided to go with the Vapor-x in the end. The EVGA looks like a really good product, but after looking at lots of benches on the types of games I usually play (anything by bioware, rpgs, and maybe one or two FPSs) I found the 5870 usually performed a bit better at my resolution and settings, the lower temps and power consumption were a nice addition two, and I can always crossfire my with my current PSU, but I'm not as sure with the 470s. Thanks again everyone for your help
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