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Alright so I am going to buy a ATI Radeon HD 5850 from wherever I can get it new and cheap but most likely from newegg. So I have been reading the reviews and checking the prices and all that jazz. I found 2 cards that will fit in my price range: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121375 and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125318 Now I would like to hear your advice on this matter, oh wise council of OCN.
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The gigabyte is clocked higher and has dual fans/ultra durable PCB with 2oz copper, but the ASUS has the DirectCU which I hear is great at cooling. I say go for Gigabyte better clocks 765 vs 725 core for same price, more heatpipes 3 vs 2 on ASUS, and they are good company so if you have any problems should not be hard to RMA if needed.

Anyone else wanna chime in?
Edited by Rick Arter - 5/12/11 at 8:31pm
    
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This one, though i have not seen any confirmations of voltage controls or whether they are coming in the future. i mssged Sapphire, but they didnt say anything :/ This was $139.99 shipped a few days ago.


according to sapphire it does via trixx, but I havent seen any forum confirmations yet.
Edited by Gabkicks - 5/12/11 at 8:31pm
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I've heard better things about the DirectCU version of the 5850. This is a good one to go with if you're planning on going above stock volts to overclock your 5850. Of course, the Gigabyte version is clocked higher, but that's a moot point considering all 5850s can reach those clocks with no voltage increase (no offense Rick Arter ).

The Sapphire Xtreme is good, but I don't think you can overvolt on those, which means having to live with a lower max OC.

Have fun!
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Asus. Great card, voltage controllable, runs cool, has the possibility for a full cover waterblock. I had one, and it was awesome.
    
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I would go with the Asus.
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I say to go for the Sapphire Xtreme 5850. No longer than a 9800GT, which is two inches shorter than the normal card, supports Voltage tweaking through Sapphire Trixx, and costs a whopping $135, AND comes with a full warranty.
     
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looks like the price has shot up a bit for the extreme model. i dont see it for $135 anywhere anymore.
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Originally Posted by Gabkicks View Post
Amazon.com: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 XTREME 1 GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100282XTREME: Electronics

This one, though i have not seen any confirmations of voltage controls or whether they are coming in the future. i mssged Sapphire, but they didnt say anything :/ This was $139.99 shipped a few days ago.


according to sapphire it does via trixx, but I havent seen any forum confirmations yet.
I have one, and it is now supported by Trixx. Messed around and got mine up to 900/1200, but didn't really bother beyond that.

And I also have that Gigabyte. it doesn't have voltage control, but it overclocks pretty well anyways. You can also modify its bios to have higher voltage anyways.
Edited by a_ak57 - 5/12/11 at 8:43pm
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