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So im very tempted to do a straight trade for my HD5850 with an HD4870X2.

Is this a good deal? Pros and cons other than DX11.
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Slight performance boost? Not really a lot of advantages of old tech... Especially dual gpu cards.
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Originally Posted by derickwm;14290008 
Slight performance boost? Not really a lot of advantages of old tech... Especially dual gpu cards.
This, unless you need help heating your house.
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Originally Posted by Djmatrix32;14290026 
This, unless you need help heating your house.

oh god dont get me started, my computer idles at 38C frown.gif

But i thought the HD4870X2 would smoke the HD5850 in terms of raw power?
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I wouldn't say it "smokes" the 5850. Yes you will get a performance boost but you will also get a heat and power consumption boost and lose DX11 support even though the 5XXX series struggled there anyways.
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Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02;14290062 
I wouldn't say it "smokes" the 5850. Yes you will get a performance boost but you will also get a heat and power consumption boost and lose DX11 support even though the 5XXX series struggled there anyways.

Heat and power dont worry me, neither does Dx11. What worries me the most is teh size, i dont think it will fit in front of my HDD, the only reason my card fits is because the shroud doent cover the whole PCB so it has some room for an HDD to fit in front of it.
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In all honestly I wouldn't do it.
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Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02;14290062 
I wouldn't say it "smokes" the 5850. Yes you will get a performance boost but you will also get a heat and power consumption boost and lose DX11 support even though the 5XXX series struggled there anyways.

Wth are you talking about? 5850 handles DX11 just fine. Here is a direct comparison between the 4870x2 and 5850 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/174?vs=164 its obviuosly in older games and using older drivers so the 5850 performance will have improved but it gives you an idea as to performance improvement compared to heat and power consumption. Personally I dont think the swap is worth it at all the performance increase is not big enough to justify the increased power usage extra heat and loss of dx11 and it also takes away the chance of adding another 5850 for a set up that competes with the GTX580.
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Originally Posted by fashric;14292704 
Wth are you talking about? 5850 handles DX11 just fine. Here is a direct comparison between the 4870x2 and 5850 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/174?vs=164 its obviuosly in older games and using older drivers so the 5850 performance will have improved but it gives you an idea as to performance improvement compared to heat and power consumption. Personally I dont think the swap is worth it at all the performance increase is not big enough to justify the increased power usage extra heat and loss of dx11 and it also takes away the chance of adding another 5850 for a set up that competes with the GTX580.

Wouldnt 2 HD5850 easily beat a 580? Since 2 GTX 460's do and 1 HD5850 is better than 1 GTX 460, is is scaling really THAT bad.
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Stick with the 5850!

The 4870x2 is very powerful, but suffers from driver issues, lots of heat and bad power consumption!
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