woohhaa

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Would it bennifit me to pay the extra $20 for the 487A?
It will go win a system that will be running the following

GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

XFX HD-487A-ZHDC Radeon HD 4870 1GB XXX 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

* Chipset Manufacturer: ATI
* Core Clock: 775MHz
* Stream Processors: 800 Stream Processing Units
* Memory Clock: 3800MHz
* DirectX: DirectX 10.1
* OpenGL: OpenGL 2.1
* HDMI: 1 (via Adapter)
* DVI: 2
* Model #: HD-487A-ZHDC
* Item #: N82E16814150395
$164.99

or

XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

* Chipset Manufacturer: ATI
* Core Clock: 750MHz
* Stream Processors: 800 Stream Processing Units
* Memory Clock: 3600MHz
* DirectX: DirectX 10.1
* HDMI: 1 (via Adapter)
* DVI: 2
* TV-Out: HDTV / S-Video Out
* Model #: HD-487A-ZHFC
* Item #: N82E16814150394
$144.99
 

cliffro

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they are both XFX cards, and AFAIK they allow overclocking. for $20 he could get the OC'd version and push it further, since the OC'd card are cherry picked to run at higher clocks.

Edit:
found an article that mentions the warranty and overclocking
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/xfx_amends_lifetime_warranty_gives_green_light_to_oc

XFX also boasts a true lifetime warranty, and taking it one step further, you can transfer the backing to a second owner. For frequent upgraders that sell off their used equipment, XFX's Double Lifetime Warranty, as it's dubbed, makes for a great marketing bullet on EBay or trading forums. And in a move to remain competitive on paper, as of April 17th, XFX now also allows end users to overclock the card and replace the heatsink/fan assembly. Unfortunately, they've also adopted the same vexatious 30-day registration policy and accompanying penalty for non-compliance as EVGA.