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I'm sorta lost with which 5850 card to go with for best results of getting the most out of it (without needing to install coolers on it)

I found this card which seems to be good
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102881

But from a review there it seems he was able to overclock it to "878/1300, temps ~60 to 64."

But then I noticed this thread here http://www.overclock.net/ati/730091-...-but-will.html

And it seems that card can overclock faster than the Newegg one I linked to? Also I checked if Newegg sells the ASUS directcu 5850 and they don't..found it on Amazon however
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-EAH5850-D.../dp/B003AVBSXE

Which 5850 should I go for, and if something better you know of please don't be shy to say what!

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Edited by ztmike - 6/9/10 at 9:06pm
    
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as you can see i prefer the asus...but you can't go wrong with either.
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as you can see i prefer the asus...but you can't go wrong with either.
Which overclocks better? The ASUS ?
    
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I would go with ASUS, but that is just because I am a fanboy... Any 5850 will do TBH, just get the cheapest. Chances are they are produced in the same factory anyways (it is cheaper for brands such as ASUS and Sapphire to pay others to produce the cards, or purchase them direct from AMD, than to produce their own, especially with the constant change in technology, and the requirements that they need all the equipment with each generation of cards).
     
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each card is different as every cpu is different. i think the asus one would be better from what i have read.
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theres noway to tell which card will oc better. they all overclock different. both are solid cards though. so i would go for the cheapest of the two.
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post #7 of 14
The asus has voltage control, the sapphire doesn't. But the sapphire card has a higher stock voltage than the asus. it's up to you. The sapphire will most likely be quieter and cooler, but the asus might oc higher.
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If you can find a referenced card (made in the ati factory not xfx, asus, saphire etc) you can overclock the heck out of it. For manifatures xfx, and asus are the best. I would try to find a referenced card though. Referenced cards have AMD printed on the pcb with a stock cooler. http://hothardware.com/articleimages...on-hd-5850.jpg You can see how the picture says Amd on it and has the stock cooler. The best non referenced card in terms of overclocking is the asus directcu card because you can change the voltage on it. The best stock card is a Saphire 2gb 5850.
    
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I went with a pair of the Asus Direct CU cards.

They are custom PCB's with higher quality components specifically aimed at overclocking.

If you do some research, the reviews are consistent in that they produce the highest overclocks.

There is also a TOP version which is the same card with a factory overclocked bios. Buy the non top version and flash it to the TOP easily.
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post #10 of 14
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I went with a pair of the Asus Direct CU cards.

They are custom PCB's with higher quality components specifically aimed at overclocking.

If you do some research, the reviews are consistent in that they produce the highest overclocks.

There is also a TOP version which is the same card with a factory overclocked bios. Buy the non top version and flash it to the TOP easily.
Sounds like from the replies so far I should go with the ASUS one I linked to in my OP.

I actually don't plan to buy the gpu just yet..I'm just trying to get it figured out which one I WILL buy. I'm buying my parts as I can afford them and not all at once. So far I got the case and psu.


How is the stock cooling on the ASUS for when you overclock it?
    
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