Why all the love for this card versus the SAPPHIRE 100354XTL Radeon HD 7870 XT. True, the PowerColor card came out before the Sapphire card, but otherwise the two seem heads above everything, yet the comments at Newegg for the Sapphire product are higher. Curious why the Sapphire card is not in any of your materials (apart from this promotion, it was cheaper by 5 bucks too).
For sake of disclosure, I bought the Sapphire card and it is great. Perhaps I am looking for reassurance that it was a good deal too!
[citation][nom]ipwitan[/nom]Why all the love for this card versus the SAPPHIRE 100354XTL Radeon HD 7870 XT. [/citation]
The only reason I went with the PowerColor card over the Sapphire is because the Sapphire one wouldn't fit in my case. The Myst is 10.5", and I have 10.6" available. The Sapphire is 10.83". That said, I'm digging the Myst just fine.
[citation][nom]Soul_keeper[/nom]From reading the review why does it use up to 20% more power than a 7950 ?Above 70c temps are a little concerning too.I'd be afraid to run gpgpu tasks on that thing 24/7[/citation]
The temp and power differences are likely due to the higher voltage on the GPU core. AMD is using cut-down Tahiti cores for the 7870 LE and are likely getting some of those cores from batches of Tahiti cores that have issues but still have at least 3/4 of their shaders working normally. Some of those cores may require more voltage to work properly so AMD has enabled higher stock voltages on 7870 LE chips than the 7950 chips have.
Figures, I give up and give in to buying an HD 7950 and days later it's back on. Oh well, I guess I got a better card out of it anyway. With my $40 rebate card I could have had this for $169.... I so wanted to do that.