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June 25, 2011, 06:44:25 PM
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About manufacturers, how do i choose the best one? I see companies like Asus, Sapphire, Power Color, XFX, EVGA and so on for the same ATI chip. Have i just to buy the cheaper one?

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June 25, 2011, 10:09:00 PM
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About manufacturers, how do i choose the best one? I see companies like Asus, Sapphire, Power Color, XFX, EVGA and so on for the same ATI chip. Have i just to buy the cheaper one?

Thank you.

From personal experience, Sapphire and PowerColor make great cards.  XFX cards aren't the best, as they tend to run hotter and overclock less than others.  I have no experience with ASUS or EVGA cards.

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June 26, 2011, 12:28:55 AM
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I suggest spending 50 more, and buying 2 mobos, psus, cpus, hdds, and 4 5830s or 3 5850s and get 50% more hash rate at only 50% more power consumption.

That's semantics, you can't get those cards new & boxed anywhere at reasonable prices anymore, or at all since they are 99% out of stock. The bulk of my rigs contain 5830's and 5850's and I bought those ~9 months ago..
Even then it was a struggle, and I had to settle for a few used ones.

Even eBay is mostly filled with used ones or massively price gouged pieces. Newegg ran out ages ago.
The only realistic purchase option at this time is a 6870 or a 6950/6970 if you go for ordinary cards instead of dual gpu's.

But I do agree that if you run your cluster as a home op, even a single 6990 will make your room uninhabitable.
I'd never do it at home, but I do run 4 at separate location.

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