Gigabyte 6850 or PowerColor 6870

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Mac-Rumours, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Mac-Rumours macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010

    I'm currently out of the country and can buy the PowerColor 6870 for the a bit less than the Gigabyte 6850 costs at home.

    I want the GPU to play games at 720p and I'd also like to build a Hackintosh.

    Of course if it breaks then I'll have to post it back and it'll take time.

    Pros of getting 6850 at home
    I know that the 6850 can easily be over clocked to almost 6870 speeds.
    Warranty in the same country. Only a 5 minute drive to take back to shop.
    I can buy any time I want – no rush whilst I'm on holiday.

    Pros of getting 6870
    Faster than the 6850 even with over clock. Comes with 2 free games.

    How likely are GPUs to break? Is the PowerColor brand as good as Gigabyte?

    Anything else to consider when buying a GPU?

    Thanks. :)
  2. Rodus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2008
    Midlands, UK
    PowerColor are less well known then Gigabyte but there's nothing wrong with their cards. The warranty is probably going to be a problem if it craps out so you are taking a chance there. TBH the warranty issue would put me off buying abroad so you could try and find a 6870 in your home country with a mail in rebate and get the best of both worlds. Also have you considered Nvidia, you can get a 560 for around the same price as a 6870 and it's faster.

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