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Originally Posted by Segovax;11729937 
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?


I'd actually be saving ~$20 by going with the 5850 after selling my 450 here or another forum.


I've heard everyone say, single card over two weaker cards in SLI/CF, so ideally, I'd want the 5850. From what I've read, the 450's scale incredibly (nearly 90% in some instances), but sometimes, only in certain games, etc. Which is why I kinda ran this by here first.


Very good scaling 450s or a single 5850. I don't mind having dual cards. I have the space and power. But thought I might get the same or even a tad bit more performance across all games with a single card solution over a dual card solution.
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Originally Posted by Kand;11729962 
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.


Makes sense. Dunno what I was thinking... redface.gifconfused.gif
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Buy the 5850 and use your GTS 450 for PhysX?
Edited by razr m3 - 12/21/10 at 2:15pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jdmfish;11730043 
Makes sense. Dunno what I was thinking... redface.gifconfused.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127518

Sell your 450 and get this. $179 and even less with $20 MIR.

Comes up to 159, cheaper than the 5850!

That, or you can get an EVGA. GTX 560 coming out in a couple of weeks! Step up for the win!
post #16 of 30
I prefer dual cards myself. I have had very few problems with either SLI or crossfire setups. Most problems can be traced back to some incompatiablity on the users machine. Everybody cries drivers when the order of software installation 95% of the time is problem! load drivers first then applications -simple.

The 5850 is a wonderful card that overclocks like a beast, I ran 2 of them for a year. If it is cheaper, go this route!
Edited by Electroneng - 12/21/10 at 2:22pm
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HD 5850 hands down. It will run cooler than 2 GTS 450 in SLI and with an OC easily outperform. You won't have to worry about SLI scaling issues or any microstuttering. It will also use less power than 2 GTS 450's.
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post #18 of 30
It seems that many people on this forum lack reading comprehension, but I would go for the 5850 and use your current 450 as a PhysX card, or alternatively get a 6850/6870 as they are overall better cards, then later on get a second one and Crossfire. I would guess that 2 450s would get similiar performacne to a single 5850, but Normally if performance is close enough, you should always go for a single card.
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It seems that many people on this forum lack reading comprehension,

That is most definitely the truth! Happens in every thread! +rep redface.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jdmfish;11729930 
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.

gts 450 sli is great, sure you can't max out crysis, but you can get awesome framerates at 1080p on actual good games

Quote:
Originally Posted by FlawleZ;11730125 
HD 5850 hands down. It will run cooler than 2 GTS 450 in SLI and with an OC easily outperform. You won't have to worry about SLI scaling issues or any microstuttering. It will also use less power than 2 GTS 450's.

Microstuttering? Bah, i've never experienced it before. My gts 450s can run on a decent 550w psu, I've only gottena 650w because of future upgrades. They also hold their value longer than a 5850. In about a year, I should be able to sell them at around 100$, and I bought them at 120$ each. A 5850 started at 300$, and can now be found at 150$ used. Simply look at the 4850, which is now ~60$ used.
Edited by Morizuno - 12/21/10 at 2:31pm
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