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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card $176 at Newegg

 
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#0  Barbarossa




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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:18 pm    Post subject: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card $176 at Newegg Reply with quote

$1 filler - $20 off with coupon code VMEPROMO (when you check out with V.me by Visa) [Exp 12/31] - $15 rebate [Exp 1/15/13] = $176 with free shipping. Includes Far Cry 3 and Medal of Honor: Warfighter PC games.

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#1 Fannatick




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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:58 pm    Post subject: Website Comment Reply with quote

I was planning on getting a 7850 for this price, but I might as well jump on this deal, especially with the two games included. Any drawbacks of this card?

Just for reference, here's my rig:
AMD 635 Quad-core (2.9 GHZ)
Asus 785 Mobo
4 GB DDR3
90 GB Vertex 3 SSD
Radeon 4870
Antec Basiq 500 W
(2) 23" Gateway Monitors 1080
Antec 300 Case
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#2 Casecutter




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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

None I'd see, It's a good deal thought Vme might be a put off for some... Just remember it 20% off on the Medal of Honor Warfighter. Eggviews are still talking the Black Screen issue's, but I'd go for it and test and stress good for a few weeks before starting the rebate. I think it's hit or miss you'll know you've got a good one fairly quick.

I think you'll get great service from Egg or Sapphire if you get one it a fairly well documented.
http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=174858
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#3 allan_marcus




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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:54 pm    Post subject: Website Comment Reply with quote

Read the reviews for this card. Lots of reported problems. Might want to stay clear.
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#4 wrong0




Joined: 26 Sep 2007
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:50 pm    Post subject: Website Comment Reply with quote

#1 I have a suggestion for you near the end of my comment.

I received a lot of issues for a couple of 7950's from Sapphire. Originally just ran one card, then tried both in Crossfire. One of the cards would throw constant graphical corruption like texture tearing, or what can be best described as, massive one- or two-color polygon-like triangles. If any of you have ever had your VRAM memory clocked too high, you probably know of what I speak.

These were the generic 7950's, with a similar Vapor-X dual-fan cooling soluation, and no core boost. Tried running them at stock speed, and with the one card in there with Crossfire, it would refuse to send a signal to either of my monitors -- DVI or HDMI. When running the other, somewhat-working 7950 as a single GPU, it would work, and there would be much less corruption -- but it was still there.

Returned both of them and got two 7950's from Gigabyte that have the tri-fan orientation, and the factory OC. No issues at all. And they run more quietly, especially under load. So considering it ended up costing about $20 more in total after all was said and done, and I was able to get the never settle bundle with the 3 games (and coupon for MOH which I'm not interested in anyway), it was a much better deal.

#1
A 7870 would be a nice upgrade from what you have. However, I think that unless you'd be running 3840x1080 on those two monitors, you'll probably be running into issues where your games would be having a CPU bottleneck. Of course, it all depends on which games you play, and again, at what resolution. But I'd say it would be reasonable to assume your money may be better spent on a mobo/CPU upgrade. The 780/785 is a great chipset, but it is quite a few generations old now (especially if you consider the APUs along that upgrade path).

Good luck!
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#5 Fannatick




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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:09 pm    Post subject: Website Comment Reply with quote

#4 - I was thinking I would pick up a new GPU first, maybe OC my CPU and then upgrade my CPU/Mobo later on.

I play a couple of games but BF3 is the most graphic intensive. I was hoping to be able to run Eyefinity when I pick up a 3rd monitor with this card. But overall I want a GPU that I know will last me a while and be pretty efficient (power/heat), unlike my 4870, then maybe Crossfire later on.
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#6 wrong0




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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:59 pm    Post subject: Website Comment Reply with quote

I'm very certain that a 7870 would fit those requirements quite well. There's no doubt that you'll get a substantial improvement in your framerate. I'm just wondering where you'd be better served, and I guess if you really are only able to do one component at a time, the 4870 is probably the weaker link.

Anyway, hopefully all this helps some. Good luck!
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