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post #11 of 20
Not with Eyefinity though
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post #12 of 20

I was in the boat. Just got another 5850 to crossfire. CF 5850's will generally perform better than even a HD 6970.....

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/303?vs=292

Edit: I got my new card from amazon... appears like the best place to get one since most are out of production.


Edited by PeePs - 10/23/11 at 7:22pm
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post #13 of 20
Xf fire if you can to a second 5850 and you should be good u know? Why not? and should be a LOT cheaper .... like in the 120$ range or less ... locally i am seeing people selling for 100-120$ .... so i would Xfire get a 6970 performance with less money ... unless u got on that amazon sell for 6970 for 220$ ??
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post #14 of 20
DP DANG IT!!! Sorry!


Ask this guy to sell u just the card for like 100 or like 110$ u know ...

http://www.overclock.net/video/11495...aterblock.html
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1v1 the 5850 is actually better buy a small bit especially since most OC up to 1GHz pretty easily, but when you go CF the 6870 would pull ahead, I would say wait it out until next family of cards is out, a 5850 CF is still quite formidable.
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Originally Posted by Junkboy View Post
1v1 the 5850 is actually better buy a small bit especially since most OC up to 1GHz pretty easily, but when you go CF the 6870 would pull ahead, I would say wait it out until next family of cards is out, a 5850 CF is still quite formidable.
That's what annoys me about the progression in these last few series. My 5850s are 'ancient' in computer hardware terms. I think I bought them both during the release week.

On one hand its a testament to ATI and how good the cards are that they are still current, but also a shame in that SO MUCH TIME has passed and there is nothing notably better on offer.
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Originally Posted by Droopz View Post
That's what annoys me about the progression in these last few series. My 5850s are 'ancient' in computer hardware terms. I think I bought them both during the release week.

On one hand its a testament to ATI and how good the cards are that they are still current, but also a shame in that SO MUCH TIME has passed and there is nothing notably better on offer.
What about AMD cpus..... LOL ......
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I think I may just unlock the card to a 5870, and stay with it. Opinions?
I think you mean Overclock the card to 5870 performance! Unless you know something we don't?

I reckon you should try OCing your 5850 as far as you can and stick with it till 7800 series is released before christmas.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Armand Hammer View Post
I think you mean Overclock the card to 5870 performance! Unless you know something we don't?

I reckon you should try OCing your 5850 as far as you can and stick with it till 7800 series is released before christmas.
There are unlocked BIOS available that let you bring the 5850 to 5870 numbers (minus the shaders of course) without voltage increases.

Also guys, XFire is not an option, due to motherboard/case size.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Vecte View Post
I think I may just unlock the card to a 5870, and stay with it. Opinions?
Quote:
Originally Posted by farmdve View Post
Never heard of a 5850 being unlockable.
They're not; shaders can't be unlocked, but they can be flashed to 5870s BIOSEs and/or OC'd to the same/higher clocks.
Its only a 3-8% difference from a 5870 when compared clock-for-clock, so the benefit from heavily OCing a 5850 is very substantial.


Quote:
Originally Posted by XAslanX View Post
Keep the 5850 and see how the 7k series turns out, not worth it to go from what you have to a 6 series card.
+1 doing the same myself.
Honestly there's not much an OC'd 5850 can't run at 1920x1080/1200 anyway.
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