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I have one GTS450, and I'm about to pull the trigger on a second, for SLI. I've read the performance is near a single 470, depending on game and settings. Just thought I'd run this by you guys first.

Then this 5850 showed up:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131386


From what I've seen, the 5850 is ~3-4 fps behind the SLI450s, but is also a single card solution.

What I have to gain: likely cooler temps by running a single card with load of in the 60's, vs dual cards with loads in the 50's (50c x 2 cards = ~100c combined?).



Would it be worth it to buy the 5850 in question, and sell my 450?
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The 5850 will perform drastically better then a 450.
I would go with the 5850, between adding another 450 or getting the Radeon.
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The 5850 is a better choice, BUT the performance increase is not huge enough for an upgrade. IF you had to choice between another gts 450 and the 5850, go with the 5850. I would get another more powerful card if I were you.
    
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Originally Posted by amstech;11729871 
The 5850 will perform drastically better then a 450.
I would go with the 5850, between adding another 450 or getting the Radeon.

I already have one 450. I am about to buy another, OR a single 5850, that I linked.


So you'd go with the 5850, over adding a second 450 for SLI?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by -Allen-;11729877 
The 5850 is a better choice, BUT the performance increase is not huge enough for an upgrade.you.
A 5850 will MURDER a 450. Murder.
Completely different class of performance, and very much worth it coming from a little measly GTS 450.
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Originally Posted by -Allen-;11729877 
The 5850 is a better choice, BUT the performance increase is not huge enough for an upgrade. IF you had to choice between another gts 450 and the 5850, go with the 5850. I would get another more powerful card if I were you.

I don't quite understand -

My choice is either another 450 for SLI (I currently own one) OR spend a little more money, buy the 5850, and sell my single 450.
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post #7 of 30
Tough choice. You could in theory get the 5850 (PowerColor makes awesome cards and has excellent customer service) and use your 450 for Physx. You could also just pick up another 450 on the cheap and OC the snot out of them. Or sell the 450 and pick up the 5850 and only be out of pocket a few bucks. Either way your performance is going to be very similar, really you should look at it like this; do you want a single or dual card video solution?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jdmfish;11729817 
(50c x 2 cards = ~100c combined?).
?

Okay.
No. Just no. That kind of thinking is wrong. Say you have two flames burning 100c put together. It will not yield 200c on the target, but it would cause the target to heat up quicker than with just one, but still be 100c.

Honestly? That Powercolor 5850? You get what you pay for. I wouldnt get it.

Instead.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127518 <-179 USD before $20 MIR. This is a winner.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134117

Better option than a 5850. It would do better DX11, match the 5850 on DX9/10 games, go beyond it OC'd, and will allow you to keep your GTS 450 as PhysX. wink.gif
Edited by Kand - 12/21/10 at 2:08pm
post #9 of 30
Personally, I would just get another 450. They are rather nice cards and would perform on par with the GTX 470. Slightly over $100, easy choice!

A review:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gts-450-sli-review/1
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post #10 of 30
People, do you not read? He's asking if he should get a SECOND GTS450 and run them in SLi, or gett a HD5850... What's wrong with people? :lol:

Anyways, Yea I'd say HD5850 still, because you'd avoid mcrostudder, you'd use less power, produce less heat, and make less noise. That and a HD5850 overclocked to 1GHz core (which is not hard to do AT ALL) can keep up with a stock HD5870. smile.gif

I say sell your GTS450 to a friend, and buy a HD5850. There is a friend of mine who's selling one for $175 shipped on XCPUS.com head over there and check it out. He's basically selling like half of what he owns ATM. smile.gif
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