First, the 2 cards I'm considering:
HIS Hightech H387Q512NP2 Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card__$159.99
SAPPHIRE 100225-1GL Radeon HD 3870 1GB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card__$169.99
Manufacturer's Product Page:
The card will be used for moderate gaming, image editing, viewing the ocassional movie, and future video editing.
OS__Windows XP Home SP2
CPU__Athlon 64 X2 4800+EE
Mobo__DFI Infinity NF570 SLI-M2/G
RAM__2 GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 800
Storage__Internal - 2 x Seagate Barracuda 250GB
External - Seagate Barracuda 500GB
Video Card__ATI Radeon HD 2600XT
PSU__SILVERSTONE ST50EF-Plus 500W
Now for the questions:
1. Does anyone have any positive, or negative comments, on either card?
Stuff like, how hot do they run, problems encountered, quality of drivers, ....
2. Best bang, for the buck?
Other than the memory, and the clock speeds, they look about the same.
While the SAPPHIRE has more memory, the HIS has better clock speeds.
The HIS also looks like it would do a better job of cooling.
Is the SAPPHIRE worth the $10 difference?
3. Does anyone have any links to independent reviews, on either card?
Can't seem to find any.
If any additional info is needed, just ask.
All comments welcome.
Edited by tg1911, 16 August 2008 - 12:29 PM.