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So I was thinking of replacing my 5850's. I feel like they are getting outdated. They are great cards no doubt but I just want something better biggrin.gif I was going to replace them with this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161407 How much of an increase in performance would I see? I know that the extra video RAM and bus width would help a lot, and of course power consumption would be a lot lower. Thoughts?
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The performance increase would be very marginal. A gtx680 would make for a much better upgrade.
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Get a 580 3gb then sli them later or one 680 = huge upgrade.
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I would stick with the 5850CF,. No point getting "extra Vram" and all that crap if your games aren't lagging at the moment with the 5850CF.

Power consumption of the 5850CF will be higher for sure but the cost of buying new gpus won't outweigh the extra power usage.
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I would stick with the 5850CF,. No point getting "extra Vram" and all that crap if your games aren't lagging at the moment with the 5850CF.
Power consumption of the 5850CF will be higher for sure but the cost of buying new gpus won't outweigh the extra power usage.

Yeah I guess you're right. Most of my games are maxed or nearly maxed. I'm curious to see the non reference 680's
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Plus Tahiti cards are still overpriced. Wait a bit for them to drop.
    
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I have owned CFX 5850's, a 7970, and a GTX 680 and both the 7970 and 680 are a serious upgrade! The question here is do you require such an upgrade!
Crossfire and SLI cards have to deal with latency issues. A single card is always preferred!

No matter how well a crossfire or SLI system works, it still presents issues that a single card will not present!

Are you having issues maxing out the latest games, at 1920 x 1200 I think not! At higher resolutions, you will start suffering from lack of Vram!

Consider my statements before you jump ship! Another thought to consider is trying to sell the 5850's before they lose more value! My opinion is that there current value will remain for a lengthy period since they are already 2 generations old!

Hope this provides some assistance!
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