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May 31, 2011, 09:28:48 PM
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I am contemplating adding a new card into my rig.  Currently I have 3 Sapphire 5850's but I have room for one more.

I found this one for $312 bucks on Amazon:
http://amzn.to/iiOyyZ

I need some opinions from you guys on it.
Does anyone have experience with Visontek cards?  I have never heard of them, and this one appears to be a non-reference card.  How much overclocking will this sucker handle?
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May 31, 2011, 09:34:43 PM
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Seems overpriced and risky.

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May 31, 2011, 09:41:13 PM
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I am contemplating adding a new card into my rig.  Currently I have 3 Sapphire 5850's but I have room for one more.

I found this one for $312 bucks on Amazon:
http://amzn.to/iiOyyZ

I need some opinions from you guys on it.
Does anyone have experience with Visontek cards?  I have never heard of them, and this one appears to be a non-reference card.  How much overclocking will this sucker handle?

frys near by? some stores have these still for 199 ar
http://www.frys.com/product/6046308?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
you can store check from there


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May 31, 2011, 09:56:34 PM
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For that price you could get 2 5830s new or 2 5850s used.

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May 31, 2011, 10:45:55 PM
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Overpriced for sure.

I've bought some overclocked editions recently for $250 new

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May 31, 2011, 11:22:18 PM
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Definitely do not buy at that price. 400Mhash/sec (high overclock) generates 6 bitcoins per WEEK at current difficulty, currently valued at $8.7 / BTC, that's $52. It would take 6 weeks at the current difficulty (which increases ~every 10 days) to pay off just that one card, not including electricity. Mining is all about buying efficiently.  I wouldn't buy a 5870 for > $200 (and the lower the better).
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June 01, 2011, 01:15:21 AM
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I dunno if any of you guys live in/near Tokyo but a number of stores I've been checking lately have used 5870s for 15,000 yen (~$184). Just as a point of reference for anyone in the area.
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June 01, 2011, 01:39:54 AM
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Well, this is the going price now. Anyone (online at least) who claims to have these for less has no stock so you'll wait 2-3 weeks for a drop-ship from the OEM anyhow.

I just bought 4 of these damn things so I will let you know. I'm not a serious investor, I'm chasing this for the same reason many others, for the thrill. I don't plan to scale up and don't care about making money. The statistics show I will eventually recoup my expenses, however long that might take. I don't expect the network to ever grow so much that I am earning less than $0.077/hr (the cost of a kW/hr here).
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June 01, 2011, 02:21:16 AM
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Thanks for all the advice everyone. I do have a Frys close by in Atlanta so I may give them a call and check.
The reason I was looking at the 5870 was I only have room for one more card in my current system.  I didnt want to sink another few hundred in building the base for another rig, so i figured I would just absorb the cost and throw in another card and maximize my current rig.

Power is not a concern since I will be mining from my office next week (power is included in the flat rate utilities payment).
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June 01, 2011, 05:03:25 AM
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Thanks for all the advice everyone. I do have a Frys close by in Atlanta so I may give them a call and check.
The reason I was looking at the 5870 was I only have room for one more card in my current system.  I didnt want to sink another few hundred in building the base for another rig, so i figured I would just absorb the cost and throw in another card and maximize my current rig.

Power is not a concern since I will be mining from my office next week (power is included in the flat rate utilities payment).

online check says none in atlanta area, sorry

 Duluth, GA 3296 Commerce Avenue, Northwest Map   17.68          item unavailable
6046308   Diamond HD5870 1GB PCI-Express Video Card   Not Available
  Milton, GA 3065 Webb Road Map   24.08          item unavailable
6046308   Diamond HD5870 1GB PCI-Express Video Card   Not Available

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June 01, 2011, 07:26:38 AM
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I dunno if any of you guys live in/near Tokyo but a number of stores I've been checking lately have used 5870s for 15,000 yen (~$184). Just as a point of reference for anyone in the area.

This is inspiring me to get off my ass and check the local shops for GPUs since the recent price hikes in most AMD cards online. I'd be all over those 5870's in Tokyo.

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