Sapphire HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card £172.80 @ Ebuyer
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Sapphire HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card £172.80 @ Ebuyer

£172.80
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Found 18th Jan 2011Made hot 19th Jan 2011
Seems like a very good price from a respected manufacturer (and Retailer of course). Free delivery too!

Specification
Output 1 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDMI 1.4a
2 x Mini-DisplayPort
1 x Single-Link DVI-D
DisplayPort 1.2
GPU 900 MHz Core Clock
40 nm Chip
1120 x Stream Processors
Memory 1024 MB Size
256 -bit GDDR5
4200 MHz Effective
Software Driver CD
SAPPHIRE TriXX Utility

23 Comments

Could get a 5870 for a few quid more last week. Better performer than this. Not a bad price for this card though

Nobull

Could get a 5870 for a few quid more last week. Better performer than … Could get a 5870 for a few quid more last week. Better performer than this. Not a bad price for this card though



+1

Original Poster

Nobull

Could get a 5870 for a few quid more last week. Better performer than … Could get a 5870 for a few quid more last week. Better performer than this. Not a bad price for this card though



True, but if you apply that logic, why not spend a few quid more and buy a HD 6950 instead of a previous generation HD 5870? It's never ending.

That is a very good price but I expect them to shed a few more pounds in a week or two when the 560s and the 6950/70s in 1GB flavours are released.

would this be compatible with the i7 on sale from scan.co.uk???

Would this run bbc iplayer?
(_;)

lancashirerock

would this be compatible with the i7 on sale from scan.co.uk???



yes this would be compatible

v8griff

True, but if you apply that logic, why not spend a few quid more and buy … True, but if you apply that logic, why not spend a few quid more and buy a HD 6950 instead of a previous generation HD 5870? It's never ending.



with graphics cards its often a better idea to buy the higher end model from a previous generation rather than a lower end model from a newer generation.

Personally I still prefer the idea of crossfire 5770's though I haven't done enough research to recommend it. (obviously there are both pros and cons to crossfire/sli over a higher spec card)


good price though +1

Tonk3h

Would this run bbc iplayer?(_;)



Only if you run 2 of them in Crossfire

My choice at the moment would be a 2gb 6950 with 6970 bios hack before they change the PCB.

Can't justify upgrading my 5850 yet though.

danpc

Personally I still prefer the idea of crossfire 5770's though I haven't … Personally I still prefer the idea of crossfire 5770's though I haven't done enough research to recommend it. (obviously there are both pros and cons to crossfire/sli over a higher spec card)



I thought the same thing the other day as I already have a 5770 but, after researching, it appears that SLI scales better than Crossfire due to AMD's lacklustre driver support. In addition, some games simply perform better with a single card, just as some perform better with AMD/Nvidia cards. As such, it would probably be better to buy a single, faster card than buying two 5770.

danpc

with graphics cards its often a better idea to buy the higher end model … with graphics cards its often a better idea to buy the higher end model from a previous generation rather than a lower end model from a newer generation.Personally I still prefer the idea of crossfire 5770's though I haven't done enough research to recommend it. (obviously there are both pros and cons to crossfire/sli over a higher spec card)good price though +1



I'm running crossfire ATM, granted they are pretty old now (two 4850's) but I find the hassle far outweighs the savings.
Benchmarks will tell you (at least at the time) that two 4850's would out perform a lot of cards which cost £100+ more. In the real world however I've found them to be more trouble than they're worth, a lot of games at time of release have a lot of issues with crossfire set ups and you find yourself disabling and re enabling them over and over.

Granted, as I've said these are old cards and the newer ones might not have these performance issues. YMMV. But my advice would be to spend the extra cash (or take a performance hit) with a single card configuration.

CRYSIS!?????

Do these graphics cards output sound through the hdmi socket, just like on a blue ray player or will I still need to connect a digital optical cable from my motherboards sound output into my AV amp, in addition to connecting the hdmi from the pc?
I would use it for playing bluerays off the pcs optical drive and also ripped/downloaded movies.
Thanks

Do these graphics cards output sound through the hdmi socket, just like on a blue ray player or will I still need to connect a digital optical cable from my motherboards sound output into my AV amp, in addition to connecting the hdmi from the pc?
I would use it for playing bluerays off the pcs optical drive and also ripped/downloaded movies.
Thanks

Yes, ATI cards allow sound to come out of the DVI port so long as you used the supplied DVI > HDMI connecter. You'll also need to change the sound driver in Windows to the ATI 7.1 one as it uses its own driver.

rigsby1208

Do these graphics cards output sound through the hdmi socket, just like … Do these graphics cards output sound through the hdmi socket, just like on a blue ray player or will I still need to connect a digital optical cable from my motherboards sound output into my AV amp, in addition to connecting the hdmi from the pc?I would use it for playing bluerays off the pcs optical drive and also ripped/downloaded movies.Thanks



Yes.

Could this run minesweeper on max settings etc.

"respected manufacturer (and Retailer of course)."

Are you actually refering to Ebuyer? They have notoriously bad customer service (or lack thereof). People hate them so much they make websites like "ebuyersucks.org". I used them for years, but never again, they really dont give a monkey about after-sales, cus they think they're too big to care.

ebuyersucks.org/
ciao.co.uk/Ebu…808

Original Poster

Like everything else, I speak as I find. Used them dozens of times and never had a problem.

Based on over 45,000 reviews, Ebuyer get rated 4.5 out of 5 on Google. Thats pretty good in my book.

google.co.uk/pro…TgA

NitrousUK

"respected manufacturer (and Retailer of course)."Are you actually … "respected manufacturer (and Retailer of course)."Are you actually refering to Ebuyer? They have notoriously bad customer service (or lack thereof). People hate them so much they make websites like "ebuyersucks.org". I used them for years, but never again, they really dont give a monkey about after-sales, cus they think they're too big to care.http://www.ebuyersucks.org/http://www.ciao.co.uk/Ebuyer__Review_5386808

My last experience was getting screwed over by using an account with a company name, and they decided to deem it "business" (even though it was personal/consumer) and only offered a 3 month warranty (instead of 2 years!), and flat out refused to offer any kind of help when the board turned out defective (well known fault), even contacting the manufacturer on my behalf so I could post it direct to them for a repair was beyond their willingness to help!

Original Poster

Fair enough, sounds like you did get a sh*tty deal.

Thing is, if you look closely at all the other major players, Overclockers, Pixmania, Dabs etc they all have their fair share of negative comments/feedback, so I suppose it's a case of the best of a bad bunch lol.

NitrousUK

My last experience was getting screwed over by using an account with a … My last experience was getting screwed over by using an account with a company name, and they decided to deem it "business" (even though it was personal/consumer) and only offered a 3 month warranty (instead of 2 years!), and flat out refused to offer any kind of help when the board turned out defective (well known fault), even contacting the manufacturer on my behalf so I could post it direct to them for a repair was beyond their willingness to help!

v8griff

Fair enough, sounds like you did get a sh*tty deal. Thing is, if you look … Fair enough, sounds like you did get a sh*tty deal. Thing is, if you look closely at all the other major players, Overclockers, Pixmania, Dabs etc they all have their fair share of negative comments/feedback, so I suppose it's a case of the best of a bad bunch lol.



Yeah tbh they're as bad as many others, I've either had or heard of bad experiences with all the ones you've listed. However, Scan is one place i've never had nor heard of a bad experience, but you will generally pay a couple quid more, as pnp isnt free, but you're glad you paid it when you need to return/refund anything as the whole thing is done in a few days with no hassle.
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