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February 09, 2012, 04:53:59 PM
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188 vs 228 I believe.  The 2GB version takes an 8 pin and a 6 pin.

The price is still too high.  Hopefully no one buys them and they dump them <$150.
I think you are right if we are talking about max TDP, but certainly not while mining.  I have some 2GB Eyefinity 5870s and they certainly don't use another 40 watts per card.  In fact, I would wager that it is a wash since the cards actually run cooler at a given fan speed and will therefore have a little less leakage (or you wouldn't have to run the fan as fast which can save power also).  They have a full height vent on the back because of the missing DVI ports.

That being said, I wish they weren't charging so much for the cards.  People buying them for 210 on eBay is changing where Bens decides to price the cards.

...and *that* being said, I still bought a few.  Looks like they can only be ordered 3 at a time for some dumb reason.

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February 09, 2012, 09:25:32 PM
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I might get one of these if I can't find anyone willing to sell one in my marketplace thread. Wonder what the failure rate is like with these vs the 1gb ones they had a month ago.
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February 09, 2012, 11:06:15 PM
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if we don't buy them, i am sure the price will just drop.
$210 is not that great of a deal, plus this thing have NO warranty (don't get fooled by the site).
AMD OEM is NO warranty if not purchased from a OEM. I am sure bensoutlet is NOT a PC OEM.

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February 09, 2012, 11:37:05 PM
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Based on their decreasing stock, someone is buying them at that price, regardless if that price is too high. As long as someone's buying I doubt they're going to cut the price.
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February 10, 2012, 01:48:31 AM
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2 of the 6 1gb I bought were bad...

The 4 that are good are running well at 970/180 and 445 MH/s  Grin

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February 10, 2012, 02:01:42 AM
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1 of the 4 1gb I got was defective and had to be returned. Trying to find a replacement for that as they refused to exchange it.
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February 10, 2012, 02:05:55 AM
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2 of the 6 1gb I bought were bad...

The 4 that are good are running well at 970/180 and 445 MH/s  Grin
Did you get them replaced?  If not, did you try a different BIOS?  I had so many of these cards with lower voltage BIOSes that I started blindly flashing every one of them that I set up.  I bought 44 of these and ended up with 3 bad ones.  I either got lucky or you were very unlucky...  or your cards need a BIOS flash.

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February 10, 2012, 03:56:19 AM
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Sveetsnelda,

1 card, when inserted, won't allow the PC to boot.  Not sure what to do there...

1 card will boot in Windows but won't work at all in linux.  It mines OK in Windows but the video output is garbled at boot time.  Not wanting to keep it as my miners are linux only...

Might bios flash help the 2nd of the 2 cards?

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February 10, 2012, 01:58:01 PM
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umm.. ya'll know that Bens outlet has a 30 day return policy.. right?

Its in their FAQ...

If they can't replace, they say they'll refund....

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February 10, 2012, 02:51:08 PM
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Yep - 45 days (to receive goods) actually according to their RMA paperwork...

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February 10, 2012, 04:25:45 PM
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$210 isn't such a hot deal though.  That's what they were going for back during the peak last year.

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February 10, 2012, 06:58:04 PM
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This card ... $210 for 440MH/s = $2.1MH/$

A 7970 ... $550 for 675MH/s = $1.2MH/$

Now on a MH/J perspective the 7970 wins for sure.  Factoring in salvage value the 7970 probably does well too.

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February 11, 2012, 05:29:56 AM
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This card ... $210 for 440MH/s = $2.1MH/$

A 7970 ... $550 for 675MH/s = $1.2MH/$

Now on a MH/J perspective the 7970 wins for sure.  Factoring in salvage value the 7970 probably does well too.
Alternatively:
5870 - $160/440MH/s = $.363 per 1MH/s  Kiss
5870 - $210/440MH/s = $.477 per 1MH/s  Undecided
7970 - $550/675MH/s = $.814 per 1MH/s  Cry

The 7970 costs $.337 more per mega hash upfront compared to the $210 5870.

The 7970 salvage value may have to compete with the FPGA's.

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February 11, 2012, 05:44:32 AM
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There is no market (currently) for use fpga's -- go look on eBay.  That might change...

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