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If you spend your money wisely you can get great performance for less money.

Check this out:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/303?vs=305

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Where are you getting 5850's for £100?
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Sure, that's the general principle. But the 5850s are EOL, and you can always add another 580 down the road if you really wanted. Not to mention microstuttering, heat problems, and issues with Xfire drivers.
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5850 is older card, I doubt you can buy it retail anymore. And 580gtx scales way better in sli then 5xxx series. All tough 5xxx are great cards. I will crossfire mine .
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post #5 of 26
And 2 of my GTX 480s cost me less than £400 and will match GTX 580 SLI when overclocked... success??

Quote:
Originally Posted by omega17 View Post
Where are you getting 5850's for £100?
They were selling for about ~£110 new a while ago I think. Used are going for around £80 apparently.

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Originally Posted by musashin View Post
Sure, that's the general principle. But the 5850s are EOL, and you can always add another 580 down the road if you really wanted. Not to mention microstuttering, heat problems, and issues with Xfire drivers.
You get more of that with 2 GTX 580s. Drivers are generally fine, microstuttering isn't too bad, and a HD 5850 is very power efficient and cool.. o.O
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Where are you getting 5850's for £100?
I bought them a few months back from Overclockersuk. They have since bumped the price up to £161 each now so i'm glad i bought them when i did

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Bought a 5850 for 100euros and a 5870for 130euros, they both run @ 1100core now ;D = WIN.
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post #8 of 26
So if we're going second-hand, then a 580 isn't "£400"

I used to have 2 5850's, then 3 5850's, then a 5850 and a 5870 I almost cried when I saw those Sapphire "xtreme" 5850's appear on OCUK after I paid nearly double that for mine

It's always the way; 2 AMD's will always beat a single nVidia of much greater value. It's even better now that the 69xx's scale almost perfectly in Crossfire, hence my current setup
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I am just happy with what i paid for my cards. As you can see from my original post they beat a card over twice the price. You can't argue with facts
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To date paired 5850's in Crossfire were the most stable crossfire config I have yet owned.
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