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I bought a 5850 extreme sapphire edition two weeks ago. I get around 875/1100 on stock voltages

But i rma my broken reference sapphire 5850, and they are sending me back a 5850 toxic edition.

5850 toxic edition has voltage control right?

Which one should i keep?

I know both shroud designs are flawed, in which they exhaust some hot air back into the case. Should i test them both out and see which overclocks the most and keep that one?

Or in this situation there is one already superior?
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The sapphire extreme edition is a great card, but the toxic edition is better IMO. Yes, it does have voltage control. Download trixx or use afterburner to control the voltages via software. P.S. Why not crossfire them??
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my pci lanes are x16x4. Not really beneficial. and i want to use the card to pay off my debt for the ssd i bought


So i got one that says i should keep the toxic edition
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lilraver018 View Post
my pci lanes are x16x4. Not really beneficial. and i want to use the card to pay off my debt for the ssd i bought


So i got one that says i should keep the toxic edition
You do know that 16x4 is a very slight hit from 16x16 right? NOthing you could notice.
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You do know that 16x4 is a very slight hit from 16x16 right? NOthing you could notice.
True true, with 7xxx cards around the corner i figure just keep one and then upgrade.
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16x and 4x would still be very beneficial, were looking at like 5% difference on the second card.
    
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an HD6990 was put in an X4 lane, it lost like 10% of its power.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Smoblikat View Post
an HD6990 was put in an X4 lane, it lost like 10% of its power.
Which puts the 5850 at <%5 performance difference being that a 6990 will murder x4 bandwidth
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