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1 card - 5850 reference and crank it up to 1G core
2 cards - CF 5770 if you mobo can support it.

edit: since you can only do 1 card, the 5850 that is.

I believe most brands still make reference PCB, but not usually the ones on sell.
There are couple of threads telling you how to recognize one from the non-references, so I won't go into detail.
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post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by kpopsaranghae View Post
getting 2 5770 for 350 is kinda pointless when u can get one 5850 for 300, which will perform the same as the 2 5770 at stock, and beat it when overclocked. it is also less heat and power consumption as well. and it is one card
Proof?

I had two 5770s and they perform like a 5970, but they have a downside with their minimum FPS.

For $300.. you can easily buy a 470, just like I did.. well, I traded both my cards for a brand NEW 470.. and I'm super happy with the choice!
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I would get a 470 seems a bit more future proof with better tessalation and room for new drivers
    
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post #14 of 19
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So as far as the 5850 goes. What is the reference pcb design or which companies still use that? This will be going under water.

Also is the GTX 465 a worthy upgrade?
I don't think any companies still use a referanced design, but I think I saw one on newegg the other day. You can tell if it is referenced by looking to see if the pcb says AMD on the part where you plug the card into your motherboard pcie slot. It will also have a reference cooler which is like this: http://hothardware.com/articleimages...on-hd-5850.jpg You can see how it says AMD on it. About the gtx 465, I wouldn't upgrade. Not a big enough upgrade to be worth it. I like to see at lease a %50 increase in performance. Since I've upgraded from my gtx 260 to my gtx 480 I see a %120 increase in performance in crysis. The persentage of which you see an increase of performance is up to you, but below %50 increase is not worth it to me.
    
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Proof?

I had two 5770s and they perform like a 5970, but they have a downside with their minimum FPS.

For $300.. you can easily buy a 470, just like I did.. well, I traded both my cards for a brand NEW 470.. and I'm super happy with the choice!
2 5770's perform like a 5970? o.o highest i have seen a 5770 Xfire get on vantage is like 18k. u can easily get more than that on a 5850. i just searched for some quick proof, and its actually a post on this forum. lol

http://www.overclock.net/ati/751004-...ck-norris.html

for 5770 Xfire score.

http://www.overclock.net/ati/713319-...ge-scores.html

for 5850 vantage scores.
post #16 of 19
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Proof?

I had two 5770s and they perform like a 5970, but they have a downside with their minimum FPS.

For $300.. you can easily buy a 470, just like I did.. well, I traded both my cards for a brand NEW 470.. and I'm super happy with the choice!
You do realize a 5970 is roughly equivalent to 5850 crossfire right?
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I just upgraded from my 275 to a 470 and I've never been happier (Will be happier when I get my 470 block). There are a good many blocks out there but this is the one that I'm looking at:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=27790

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And it overclocks like a beast. So far I've gotten to 800 core and 1850 memory but I could probably get it a bit higher but havent really felt like messing with it. Also at that high of an OC the temps were getting a bit too high for my likings
was that volt-modded or stock volts for 800?
     
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post #18 of 19
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getting 2 5770 for 350 is kinda pointless when u can get one 5850 for 300, which will perform the same as the 2 5770 at stock, and beat it when overclocked. it is also less heat and power consumption as well. and it is one card
Since when do 5770x2 = a 5850? Almost every benchmark that I've seen has the 5770x2 come within 1 fps of a 5870. Both at stock. Can you post some benchmarks where a 5850 matches the 5770 crossfire??
    
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