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I'm currently debating whether it's worth it to upgrade from a 4850 to a 4890 or 5850. My friend is willing to sell me his 4890 for $90 (actually I've been borrowing it from him for a while) while the 5850 is $140 AR with Shogun 2, which is a game I do want but have been waiting for the price to drop.

The game I play most now is BFBC2 and I still only get about 30 FPS at 1920x1080, all low settings, no AA and with a slight stutter with the 4890 in DX10 mode. I think this is because of my E8400 which I'm going to upgrade when I get the money and when Bulldozer comes out. Other games I play aren't too demanding and my current rig plays them fine (Shogun 2 runs fine in DX9), although I probably will grab BF3 when it comes out.

I've looked at benchmarks at saw that 5850 is only an 8 frame improvement over the 4890 in BC2 but the 5850 also has DX11 and runs cooler afaik.

Thoughts?
    
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The 5850 also overclocks madly. It's not just an 8 fps improvement, you also get increased image quality.

When you overclock the 5850 to ~ 850 MHz (i.e. 5870 level), you get twice the performance of the 4890 (given the same settings).

However, you will not want to run the same settings, you will want to run HIGHER settings

I say go for it, since you also get the game you want. A 5850 for $129 is a steal.

The only card really better than it, is the 6950, but it's also twice as much. For the SAME price, you can have 5870 CF performance!

I'm starting to sound like a salesman here, but look:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/300?vs=299

Get two 5850s, overclock to ~850 MHz, and you have 5870 CF performance, which is dead close to 6950 CF performance, which costs 2x as much.

TigerDirect even allows you to buy two of them... the rebate limit is TWO per person.
Edited by AgentGOD - 4/27/11 at 9:52pm
 
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post #3 of 14
And I do emphasize the prices:

XFX HD 6950: $284
XFX HD 5850: $139

2x XFX HD 5850: $278

Performance of two 5850s overclocked, is MUCH faster than single 6950. Just look at the comparison chart from Anandtech. That's comparing TWO 6950s to TWO 5870s (5850 overclocked).

2x XFX HD 6950: $568

As you can see, tremendous bang-for-buck. And Just for fun:

1x eVGA GTX 580: $509
 
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post #4 of 14
Sapphire 5850 Xtream Too bad these are out of stock. Much better card then the XFX one. Doesn't come with the game but no MIR reqquired for same price. Sure Newegg will get some in soon. Going to pick one up for my backup rig as soon as they do.
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If I'm not mistaken, the 5850 is just a 5750 rebadged. Save some coin and get a 5750 or 5770.
    
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Quote:
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If I'm not mistaken, the 5850 is just a 5750 rebadged. Save some coin and get a 5750 or 5770.
You are mistaken, the 5850 and 5750 are worlds different. The 6850 is a 5750 re-branded.
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get the 4890, you can sell it again for the same price, you dont need a better card.
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You are mistaken, the 5850 and 5750 are worlds different. The 6850 is a 5750 re-branded.
My bad, just woke up. I apologize.
    
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You are mistaken, the 5850 and 5750 are worlds different. The 6850 is a 5750 re-branded.
A 6850 isnt a rebadged/rebranded anything, so much fail in one thread.
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post #10 of 14
The 5830 offers similar performance and there has been alot of them brand new around the $110 price point recently.
Edited by BinaryDemon - 4/29/11 at 7:58am
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