dealsati radeon hd 5870 1gb graphics card with…

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My current rig is running Eyefinity with a pair of these... I really wish I could Voltron my 3rd card in on top of it, but there's only 1 eyefinity connector port on top the card.

Edit: mine are 6870's.... too late at night to make think strait.

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I was trying to compare on Newegg, but I guess they discontinued all their 5870 stock. They do, however, have some similarly priced 6870's...

Some google shopping turned up a few 5870 cards in the $180 neighborhood.

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In for 2.. 300+$ base price searching the googs for non-reference cards

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Not a bad price but not really great considering I got my 6870 for $150 and sold a game for $25 which brought it into the $125 range. yes the 6870 is a hair slower but supports 3D Bluray playback, less heat and energy usage and much better for Crossfire then the 5000 series. If you only want one card and don't plan on needing it for any 3d content then it isn't a bad price but I would still shop the 6000 series. It is more powerful then the 6950 1gb though which runs about $200.

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Great card. Plays any game on max settings easy.

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How does this card compare to a GTX460? I used to use ATI but my last 2 burned out pretty fast and left me disappointed. I went with nVidia and she's been a nice stable little card.

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It compares rather favorably to the GTX 460. Check out the charts here: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/294?vs=313

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Great price, but seconding the sentiment to shop the 6K line instead. Yes, this 5870 has more by way of brute force than a 6870 (by a fraction of a percent). The 6870 is far more efficient though... meaning it draws less power, runs cooler, and can be smaller. The 6870 also has a number of nifty architecture extension benefits (mostly power-saving features), and can handle a broader variety of tasks simultaneously better than the 5870.

Grabbed a 6870 myself and am running Eyefinity 3x1 (6004x1080 with bezel compensation) with no slowdown and max settings on most current-gen games.

That said, I came from an nVidia GTX260-C216 and had forgotten just how BAD the ATi drivers are by comparison. Installation is buggy, CCC doesn't start at times without completely un/reinstalling the drivers, browser GPU-hooked content (YouTube playback) makes the entire screen judder when it ends. Other refinement issues too. Going back to nVidia, once they sort out one-card triple-head as well as ATi has.

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@tiamat114: This is definitely more powerful, but nvidia does offer some things ATI doesnt, like drivers that don't suck!

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^^ Oh please.. I keep hearing about buggy ATI drivers, but I have yet to have a single problem with my 5870, and I've had it since the 5870 was a new card. This card STILL runs most games maxxed out 1920x1200 very nicely, and as long as PC games are being primarily developed for 6 year old consoles, it will continue to do so. Wanna spend more on a less-powerful 6870? Go ahead, but if you are buying it for PC gaming, there is little reason to spend the extra money. And if you already have a 5870, good luck finding another one nowadays for Crossfire. This is a good deal.

What sucks is having to sign up for an account to purchase it, even with Paypal. Ridiculous.

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@shadaez: Lets be serious, Nvidia's drivers are pretty shady sometimes too =]

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Not really that great of a deal. Not sure why you'd pick up this instead of a 6870. I just got one lightly used for 110 bucks.

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This card is still amazing. Also the 6870 doesn't compete with it; you would have to buy a 6950 or 6970 to get comparable or better performance. This is a great price as well considering new it sold for $300+; it is still being sold on Amazon USED for over $200+!

FYI, this is an OEM card so it won't come in a fancy box and don't expect any accessories. So if you need adapters consider that before hand.

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damn, i am STRONGLY considering buying this. i have the eVGA Geforce GTX 550 Ti which i bought for about $130 like 4 months ago.

Any advice? I have a Core i3 2100 with 16gb ram.

btw, this looks like the Visiontek card, newegg reviews:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129140

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@postulio1: lmao why would you buy this card to upgrade from a gtx 550 ti? That's just a waste of money. My GTX 550 runs all games i've thrown at it at max-ultra settings with no lag, blu-rays to my 42 inch no lag. No reason to buy a new card when yours is just as good if not better for OCing.

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@moorerandall: Not sure if you are aware that they were talking about the mobility version for notebooks...:p

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@daviddee23: Well thats why i am asking for advice, i'm unsure if its a worthy upgrade, it certainly looks like it is and the price is great! i checked all benchmarks and this card greatly outscores the 550 Ti, and i am not one for OCing.... but then again youre right, they are same generation, might not be worth it. I just want to play skyrim and gta5 at max or near max settings at 1080p...
Maybe if i am able to sell mine for like $100?

@moorerandall: that is not the same card... not even close. i think this card is the size of the entire laptop lol

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@postulio1: Totally understand, I play skyrim on my 23inch 1080P LCD 1920 x 1080 res with Ultra settings and has no problems at all, its not much of an upgrade in my honest opinion but if you can sell yours and then buy this sure go for it :)

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Whoops didnt even realize the site i posted previously was for the mobility silly me trying to be helpful while working at the same time,

Here we go Link to the product website.
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-radeon-hd-5000/hd-5870/Pages/ati-radeon-hd-5870-overview.aspx

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@comma Try running BF3 in crossfire and then tell me what you think about ATI drivers.

Yes, there is a problem with ATI drivers and yes, nVidia has had their share of problems as well.

And before you start calling me an nVidia fanboy, I run 6870s in crossfire, except BF3 because it crashes.

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@daviddee23: what CPU do you have? I have read that the Skyrim engine, which is built on top of Oblivion's is pretty CPU heavy. I have an i3 2100 so thats not exactly bleeding edge. do you overclock much on your 550?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/skyrim-performance-benchmark,3074-9.html

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@postulio1: Tom's Hardware has the 5870 in the 4th tier of cards by performance and the GTX 550 Ti in the 7th tier. I'm upgrading my single 5770(same tier as the 550) to a CrossFire setup of these cards. Based on the benchmarks I've seen I should see a good boost, and while my 5770 does pretty good, it's showing its age in games like BF3 where I can't max my settings out as I was able to do in the previous game in the series(BFBC2).

Of course, I have another reason as well. I'm putting together an Eyefinity setup soon, and need the horsepower for the high resolution that must be run.

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Has anyone had experience flashing this particular card to EFI for use on a MacPro? I'd much rather pay this price than give apple the crazy price that they want.

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@mperson9: I am using a 6950 with unlocked shaders and BF3 runs perfectly. You might want to try updating to Catalyst 12.1 preview as it contains patches for games like BF3. I believe that it was targeted for Skyrim, but I can run both games on Ultra.

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Im in for one, I'd like to buy two but buying presents for others has stopped my impulsive-ness. Truly is a great card, even at 188 watts its very comparable to the 6930 (200 watts with only a 4% memory bandwidth advantage). My only issue is that it's supposed to be loud... I'll know soon enough when it's in my DF-85 case.

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@daviddee23: I am in the exact same scenario. The upgrade for me is to run 3 monitors. Also the 550Ti ain't running Skyrim at ultra everything.

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I don't know if Ben's is using the same supplier as 1Sale a Day, but this is the same price as 1Sale had a couple weeks (at most).

For what it's worth, I snagged a card the last time around, and it most certainly was NOT brand new. The screw heads were somewhat stripped, and it has what look like refurb stickers in two places. There are also scratches. However, I did not spot a bit of dust on it, so the card itself may be new, with a refurb cooler.

Another oddity: Mine is a reference card that DOES NOT allow for voltage monitoring or adjustment. It is the standard black PCB with reference cooler and side power connectors (non reference have end connectors). The reference cards have a Volterra chip, and I'm pretty sure mine does as well, but still no monitoring or adjustments.

As for running cool; this card runs much like a 5850 I've played with. The price overall is fine, and the cards are more likely to run the original AMD BIOS from 2009. An update exists.

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Just curious, does anyone know how long it usually takes for this site to ship? One week? Two weeks? One month?

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@comma: Yeah, I've been running a 4970 (I think! Which ever was the highest 49XX :D It's been so long... I've never had a video card for this long) for a couple of years and have never had a problem with the drivers. Ah! I did. When I installed borderlands there was a problem with the incidental ground-cover being distorted, blinking in and out, and generally being annoying. I had to uninstall and update the drivers which took all of 5 minutes. That was the only problem that I've had.

On a side note-- with so many games now being ported to the PC from consoles (instead of watered down FOR consoles), I'm finding fewer and fewer reasons to upgrade my graphics card. Yeah, looking at the benchmarks for this, I COULD upgrade and boost framerates from 60 to 110, but that would be pretty meaningless. I've gone from a regular upgrader to a fairly static system in the last couple of years. It kind of nice, but, in other ways, sort of a bummer.

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This sounds like a steal and a good idea to upgrade from a 4870 to this but does anyone happen to know if this is a good deal? It's not from a party like I'd normally see on newegg like Sapphire or HIS so I wasn't sure if this is something covered by a warranty or some such. It's just straight from the video card manufacturer? Anyone happen to know?

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@unexplodedcow: I was very curious if this was the same deal because I also saw this at 1Sale a Day. It's saddening to hear it's not a new card but then again, I've read these exact cards go for somewhere upwards of $600-700 right now. Kinda crazy. Thanks for the report.

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@bluefate25: The card itself looks mostly new (short of the obvious "gold finger" scratches, usually had by testing a card). The cooler and backplate look rough.

The card runs fine, and I've had zero issues, but am rather surprised a site is listing these as new when they are obviously not. I would love to see what 1Sale would have to say about that. I looked up more info, and they seem to be linked to the Ben's outlet, so I'd be willing to say these are the same stock.

You mentioned having a 4870...these will walk all over that, and will stay useful for a while. If you don't mind a potential for scratches, then this would be good. If they actually come as new, then all the better. Also, not much info exists about reference cards without volt monitoring capability, so I have a very odd card.

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I bought one of these in the Gearxs sale last month. It's a great card and does everything I need it to for all of my games.

As a heads up to everyone, you might need to buy a new power supply and some connecting cables for this.

One of these cards needs a 500W supply...600W if you're going to double up.

Also, it is an absolutely great deal. At this price, it becomes one of the best valued cards on the market.

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@unexplodedcow: I have bought a few things from 1 sale a day before and all of it seemed pretty cheap. I liked the site's items and prices, but when I received the items they left a lot to be desired. All their watches look like rats got a hold of the bands.

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For the record, the 5870 is not just a hair faster than a 6870- it is much faster. That being said, it uses more power and is much hotter. Crossfire performance is better with the 6870's though.

Also, all the comments about bad ATI drivers- please go download the latest drivers and then post comments. The drivers are fine, and you will continually see improvements with new drivers.

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FYI, received order shipment confirmation today. Order to ship of ~16hours is not bad.

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I bought one from 1saleaday, works fine for the most part. If I bump my desk the fan starts making noise like it is hitting something, but when I hit it again it stops. Looks like a refurb.

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I have one of these in my setup and it's a great card. Virtually no problems with it whatsoever.

It IS, however, worth noting that you can only run 3 monitors off of it if you use the DISPLAYPORT for one of those monitors. This means that you either have to have a monitor with a displayport input or buy an active adapter for it. One like this http://alturl.com/ttusg will work just fine. PASSIVE ADAPTERS WILL NOT WORK.

This kind of sucked when I first received the system and had to wait for the adapter to ship... not to mention spending extra money I didn't expect to spend. I assumed that I could use the HDMI and 2 DI-Ports... not the case, though.

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@mperson9: I don't run Crossfire, so, admittedly, I haven't experienced any of those issues. However, I run BF3 very nicely with a single 5870 'nearly' maxxed (multiplayer; gotta make some small sacrifices for maximum framerates; stuttering means death).

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@talesin: What are you talking about? The 6870 is slower (and produces less heat) than the 5870 because it has only 80% the transistors of a 5870. Both GPUs are produced on a 40 nm process. The only, slight, difference in efficiency comes from the newer architecture of the 6870. There's not much of a difference between the 6000 and 5000 series. The 7000 series (produced on the new 28 nm process) will kick ass though!

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Has anyone received their card yet?