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Old 11-25-2008, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

So I'm thinking about upgrading my 8800GT to a 4870. Sapphire put out a 4870 with a different cooler (Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards) and I was wondering if it's worth it to get that one rather than the original card. Has anyone tried this card out? Does it have a better cooling solution?

Also @ 16x10 res, 1GB or 512mb? I could possibly upgrade to 19x12 so would it "future proof" me?

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Same cooler, 1 gig.
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Dark Knight cooler on ASUS 4870 w/1 gig.
Newegg.com - ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Either one is worth the price difference. I like the ASUS the best of the two.
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the sapphire looks better in my opinion. and the sapphire also looks like the asus dark knight with a plastic cover over it.
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Oh sweet. Looks like I've been out of the loop for a while. So Trotter, you like the ASUS because it performs better or you like the look of it? Both coolers should get the job done and perform better than the standard cooler right?

And it's def worth going for 1GB then right?
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yes the 1gb will handle higher resolutions better. it will be moar "Future Proof"
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I got a thermalright hr-03 gt cooler with fan for sale if you need 1. Keeps the card at upper 30's to low 40's idle. Low 50's in game.
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Old 11-26-2008, 01:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I think the coolers they put on these are decent enough not to take them apart. Thanks for the offer though.

One more question, should I opt for the overclocked Toxic card? Any advantages?

Thanks a ton guys.
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