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Old June 22, 2010, 03:54 PM
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I have a Sapphire 5850. It's great. It sits at 35 degrees idle at 55% fan speed, which is a great compromise between noise and cooling, since it's really rather quiet (and inaudible in my headset).
Because of that, it's easy to overclock. XFX Has a lifetime warranty and all, but buy what you can find for the cheapest out of the "better" 5850's.
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Old June 22, 2010, 07:04 PM
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I have a Sapphire 5850. It's great. It sits at 35 degrees idle at 55% fan speed, which is a great compromise between noise and cooling, since it's really rather quiet (and inaudible in my headset).
Because of that, it's easy to overclock. XFX Has a lifetime warranty and all, but buy what you can find for the cheapest out of the "better" 5850's.
I find if I go beyond 33% on my fan it starts to become more audible over the rest of my system. So on, my OC profile (880/1100 @ 1.12v for now) I have fan set to 33% and max temps while gaming is mid 70's.
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Old June 22, 2010, 07:13 PM
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I find 55% louder than the rest of my system, yes, but it's still very quiet. At auto fans, you really just can't hear anything coming from my rig. And that's a nice OC, I assume you have a really high air flow case for such nice temps?
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Old June 23, 2010, 01:12 AM
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XFX are the better ones IMHO with a MUCH superior warranty and product. Go with XFX.

But yes....5850 for sure!!!!!
Hmmm i dunno about that anymore, I've heard quite a few complaints about XFX, at least when it comes to their ATI range, their NVIDIA range pretty much has a flawless track records (i used to only buy XFX with NVIDIA waaaaaaaaay back in the day of NVIDIA's supremacy :P)

But i guess i should've mentioned, Powercolour only offer a two year warranty, thats by all means enough for me considering that by the time the two years is up i would be eyeing the 6 series of gfx cards or Nvidias 1000 series (lol if they keep skipping numbers the way they do) :P Plus Powercolour are substantially cheaper here in Aus then any of the other vendors ;) If you want anything longer though, look to the other vendors (Y)
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