Saphire 4870 versions, 100243L vs. 100259L

goud

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So i am looking at bargin 4870's for a HTPC, Saphire seems to be the price to beat.
The Egg has the 100259L for 165$ AR.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.aspx?ISList=14-102-810-S01%2c14-102-810-S02%2c14-102-810-S03%2c14-102-810-S04%2c14-102-810-S05%2c14-102-810-S06&S7ImageFlag=1&Item=N82E16814102810&Depa=0&WaterMark=1&Description=SAPPHIRE%20Radeon%20HD%204870%20100259L%20Video%20Card%20-%20Retail
CompUSA has the 100243L for 179.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.aspx?CurImage=14-102-748-12.jpg&Image=14-102-748-10.jpg%2c14-102-748-11.jpg%2c14-102-748-12.jpg%2c14-102-748-13.jpg%2c14-102-748-14.jpg%2c14-102-748-15.jpg&S7ImageFlag=0&WaterMark=1&Item=N82E16814102748R&Depa=99&Description=SAPPHIRE%20Radeon%20HD%204870%20100243L%20Video%20Card

BOTH PICTURES ARE FROM THE EGG

The $14 difference is not enough to make me go with the Egg (especialy as it is a 20$ rebate to beat the CompUSA price) however they are not the same card,

Does anyone know what the difference is between these two boards?

Thanks,
 

alg7_munif

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The cooler is different, the red one blows the hot air out of the casing but it can be a bit noisier. The black/blue one blows some of the hot air back into your computer case.

At the same temperature, the red one would be a bit noisier than the black/blue. You can make the red one as quiet as the black/blue card but you will have a slightly higher temperature.
 

xbob04

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I have the 100259L, with the fan on auto it ramps up with the slightest load but with it locked at 40% you can't hear it and temps never go above 54c on load. Had it for a week, very impressed so far. This was after returning a reference design 4870 due to heat and noise this summer.
 

UtopiA

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I have the 1 GB version of the black/blue and share similar sentiments as the poster above me.
It's much better than the stock cooler, also seems the fan is better (Much higher available RPM's).

I've also locked mine around 40% under load to keep it silent.

Although if it's primarily an HTPC (Small case) you might want the fully-rear exhausted reference design...
 

haffey

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Listen to what I'm saying: the blue one is a non-reference board. I know this because I have it myself, bought some VRM sinks for the reference 4870 board and they DO NOT fit on my 4870.

THE BLUE ONE IS NON-REFERENCE

If you plan on buying VRM sinks make sure they aren't for the standard board only.
 

DWade

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Should be a killer rig. I don't think HTPCs should be used for gaming...if it is then it's not an HTPC. You
want the lowest power draw possible in an HTPC. 4850 would be the better option if that rig is
going to see heavy htpc use.
 
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