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ATI XFX HD5870 - £163.90 *Today Only* @ Scan
ATI XFX HD5870 - £163.90 *Today Only* @ Scan

ATI XFX HD5870 - £163.90 *Today Only* @ Scan

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Found this deal on Scan for Today Only, still very cheap considering this used to be one of the single most powerful gpus on the market

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Original Poster

Cheapest i can find elsewhere is ~£200.

it's £161.99 on today only page. heat from me, even though i'm not keen on buying xfx.

Decent price, and indeed £161.99 on the Today Only page.

hate xfx with a passion thier customer service was some of the worst ive dealt with

decent price, 5870 is still a beast of a card

Great card, great price. HEAT

If I had the money, I'd definately upgrade from my 4870. Good deal

A fast card for sure, but the gtx 460 by asus probably represents the best value at £113

muffin247

hate xfx with a passion thier customer service was some of the worst ive … hate xfx with a passion thier customer service was some of the worst ive dealt with



XFX CS certainly leaves something to be desired, I guess you just have to hope that either you don't have any problems with the card or that Scan can help you sort it out...

Have said before and will say again ... XFX support is amongst the worst iv ever encountered. Steer clear if you want to avoid future grief.
Also why buy one of these when you can have a 6950 for only a tad more ?

wonkyleg

A fast card for sure, but the gtx 460 by asus probably represents the … A fast card for sure, but the gtx 460 by asus probably represents the best value at £113



Hmmm, £113 is certainly a good price for the 768MB GTX 460, but the fact is an HD 5870 will p1ss all over it. You might equally well say this HD 5670 at under £60:

ebuyer.com/pro…138

...is a much 'better' buy than the GTX 460.

If you want speed, £161.99 is a terrific price for an HD 5870. End of.

PS. Agree with all the negative comments about XFX, though.....
Edited by: "andyken" 17th Feb 2011

jamadaia

Have said before and will say again ... XFX support is amongst the worst … Have said before and will say again ... XFX support is amongst the worst iv ever encountered. Steer clear if you want to avoid future grief.Also why buy one of these when you can have a 6950 for only a tad more ?



Cheapest 6950 is £204.16 and the 5870 is still very competitive at this price, hot regardless of what's available at a higher price, find me a card that has the same performance for this price. £40 more is almost 25% more expensive.

I think that even better purchase was GTX 480 for aprox. £200 posted few weeks ago.

andyken

Hmmm, £113 is certainly a good price for the 768MB GTX 460, but the fact … Hmmm, £113 is certainly a good price for the 768MB GTX 460, but the fact is an HD 5870 will p1ss all over it. You might equally well say this HD 5670 at under £60:http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190138...is a much 'better' buy than the GTX 460.If you want speed, £161.99 is a terrific price for an HD 5870. End of.PS. Agree with all the negative comments about XFX, though.....



the 460 from asus can be very easily overclocked to near 470 levels, which is only a small amount away from the 5870, the cooling on the asus 460 is unreal for the price

You're getting a £200 card for £113 (okay, a £162 card for £113) and with the bells and whistles of an nvidia chip... physx, cuba etc

bit-tech.net/har…0/2

These 'middle ground' video cards that hover around the £150 mark seem a bit redundant now surely.

I'd go for either one of the many 5850 video cards off ebay for £100 if your on a budget or go the whole hog and spend £200 on either a 6950 or 560ti.

got to ask why are XFX deemed to be that bad?

wonkyleg

the 460 from asus can be very easily overclocked to near 470 levels, … the 460 from asus can be very easily overclocked to near 470 levels, which is only a small amount away from the 5870, the cooling on the asus 460 is unreal for the priceYou're getting a £200 card for £113 (okay, a £162 card for £113) and with the bells and whistles of an nvidia chip... physx, cuba etc[url=http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/07/21/overclocking-nvidia-s-geforce-gtx-460/2]http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/07/21/overclocking-nvidia-s-geforce-gtx-460/2[/url]



HD 5870 can be overclocked as well, but ok, I'll give you this one - you win this time....:D



Edited by: "andyken" 17th Feb 2011

I seriously wouldn't get an XFX if you live in Europe - especially from SCAN. I love Scan, but their relationship with XFX means major problems if something goes wrong with your XFX card.

wonkyleg

the 460 from asus can be very easily overclocked to near 470 levels, … the 460 from asus can be very easily overclocked to near 470 levels, which is only a small amount away from the 5870, the cooling on the asus 460 is unreal for the priceYou're getting a £200 card for £113 (okay, a £162 card for £113) and with the bells and whistles of an nvidia chip... physx, cuba etchttp://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/07/21/overclocking-nvidia-s-geforce-gtx-460/2



That argument doesnt really ring true if you want to play at high resolutions where that card will be limited by the 768mb memory. The argument works both ways tho, playing at something like 1680x1050 the GTX 460 would be perfect and anything more would be overkill...

I've just had 2 weeks of XFX's poor customer service regarding a faulty XFX 5770 random pixel problem. The result after many, many ticket responses from them was to "contact the place you purchased it from" They are pants!!
In 14 years, I've never had a faulty graphics card, it took a lot of work for me to prove it was the card, without the help of XFX, I must add!
Edited by: "WillyW" 17th Feb 2011

Can have seen the 1GB 6950 for £195. Granted a bit more, but much nicer card. HDMI 1.4a for starters, lower power, lower size, more room for performance improvement form drivers, more re-sell value, more clocking potential.

Uncommon Sense

Cheapest 6950 is £204.16 and the 5870 is still very competitive at this … Cheapest 6950 is £204.16 and the 5870 is still very competitive at this price, hot regardless of what's available at a higher price, find me a card that has the same performance for this price. £40 more is almost 25% more expensive.

Know *exactly* how you feel. Had same thing happen to my HD 4970, and they refused to help even though it was a known fault in there poor design on the card.
Would you believe in the end and they said something along the lines of 'Sorry but we dont have to help you as they are not legally obliged too. Best of luck'.
Not only poor CS but bordering on un-professional / rude.

WillyW

I've just had 2 weeks of XFX's poor customer service regarding a faulty … I've just had 2 weeks of XFX's poor customer service regarding a faulty XFX 5770 random pixel problem. The result after many, many ticket responses from them was to "contact the place you purchased it from" They are pants!! In 14 years, I've never had a faulty graphics card, it took a lot of work for me to prove it was the card, without the help of XFX, I must add!


Edited by: "jamadaia" 17th Feb 2011

good card.... not for thou, im keeping the 4890 until i change my pc, still very good card and still kicks ass

good card.... not for thou, im keeping the 4890 until i change my pc, still very good card and still kicks ass

Im thinking of selling my gtx480 & going ATI. GTX480 is far to hot & power intensive. Dont know if will be better tho with the ATI where I can realisticly maybe get Xfire, without a ridiculous electricity bill. only thing I see Nvidia has the advantage is the drivers.

jamadaia

Can have seen the 1GB 6950 for £195. Granted a bit more, but much nicer … Can have seen the 1GB 6950 for £195. Granted a bit more, but much nicer card. HDMI 1.4a for starters, lower power, lower size, more room for performance improvement form drivers, more re-sell value, more clocking potential.



That's still £30 more and not everyone wants to overclock their equipment, and adding HDMI 1.4a is great if you are going to play in 3D, but other than that I see little benefit to the average end user. As for more re-sell value how do you know, can you see the future, are you guaranteeing that who ever buys this will make at least £30 extra back when they come to sell it? In 18-24 months time this will be worth how much, please educate me.

My 8mb Voodoo 2 used to be the most powerful graphics card on the market too

nice price shame about the noisy leaf blower style cooler hate those, voted hot anyway.
the 5870 is still a beast.

Is XFX really that bad, they are the only 5870 at a realistic price, rest are alot more.

IF XFX is too bad a manufacturer, how about the Asus HD 6870 1gb OC ATI also from Scan at £168.82? I want to build a good PC and looking for a card that's under £200. It's not for gaming at all, but for video processing and editing.

Any suggestions?

6950 can be flashed to make it as good as a 6970

http://www.****.co.uk/sho…-AS £165.59 Asus from OC if you have free delivery.
Personally I'd get 6950 or 560Ti

WillyW

I've just had 2 weeks of XFX's poor customer service regarding a faulty … I've just had 2 weeks of XFX's poor customer service regarding a faulty XFX 5770 random pixel problem. The result after many, many ticket responses from them was to "contact the place you purchased it from" They are pants!! In 14 years, I've never had a faulty graphics card, it took a lot of work for me to prove it was the card, without the help of XFX, I must add!



Friend of mine had the same issue with them, spent ages running the 'tests' they requested, then told to sort it out with the retailer.

No its common sense. The average joe will obviously consider buying the previous gen over two Gens back, or at least pay more for it.
Obviously nothing is certain, but some things are highly probably or as good as going to happen, without knowing the future (_;)

Uncommon Sense

That's still £30 more and not everyone wants to overclock their … That's still £30 more and not everyone wants to overclock their equipment, and adding HDMI 1.4a is great if you are going to play in 3D, but other than that I see little benefit to the average end user. As for more re-sell value how do you know, can you see the future, are you guaranteeing that who ever buys this will make at least £30 extra back when they come to sell it? In 18-24 months time this will be worth how much, please educate me.


Edited by: "jamadaia" 17th Feb 2011

Yup, another reason to buy a 6950 over this.

spidermonkey

6950 can be flashed to make it as good as a 6970

AFAIK only the 2 Gig 6950s have the possibility of being flashed properly. The flashing supposedly makes the card report that it has 2 Gig of VRAM so it can be an issue with the 1 Gig 6950s.

Yes we know the 6950 can be flashed but to unlocked shaders only flashing to a straight 6970 is bad.

anandtech.com/ben…294

As you can see in the link the 5870 still compares quite favourably against the 6970 and is £40 cheaper than a 6950.
These still go for around £150 second hand so it's a decent deal.

Edited by: "C64" 18th Feb 2011
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