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post #1 of 17
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I was gunning to sell my currently owned Asus EAH5850 and go 6850 xfire then I found this gem...
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Only $170 on newegg prolly can't overclock very well, but will pack some serious muscle if crossfired with my current card (which does up to 1040GHz/1239 easily). Getting this card would save me the hassle of having to sell then repurchase but I really like the scaling of the 6850s in CF. Which do you think would be the better bang for buck?
post #2 of 17
Well if people already have one 5850 or 5870 I usually advise them to just get another. However I am a previous 5850 owner and I've now moved on to HD 6850 CF and I couldn't be more pleased. It's really just a toss of the coin; you can't go wrong.
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i'd go 5850 crossfire.

like above though, you can't really go wrong, but IMO since you already have the 5850...
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If you crossfire, your current card will be downclocked to the speed of the PowerColor one. Crossfire always downclocks the faster card to the slower card's speed.
    
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post #5 of 17
sell your 5850 if you're patient. Then you can go with 6850 xfire. If you decide to sell, you're either going to price it slightly high, and have to wait for awhile, or price it lower than your desired asking price, and it'll go quick.

Get another 5850 if you don't think you're patient enough.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by karmuhhhh;11807165 
If you crossfire, your current card will be downclocked to the speed of the PowerColor one. Crossfire always downclocks the faster card to the slower card's speed.

He can just overclock the Powercolor card to match his current card. rolleyes.gif

Any 5850 will generally do 900-950mhz easily. Since the 5850 is cheaper I'd go with that. The 6850 crossfire setup would be a side-grade at best.
post #7 of 17
Well you could always CF 6950 and get a REAL boost. That would be worth selling the HD 5850.
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I am kinda in the same position. I just wish I could find a reference 5850 for around $150.
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post #9 of 17
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Thanks for the replies.
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Originally Posted by karmuhhhh;11807165 
If you crossfire, your current card will be downclocked to the speed of the PowerColor one. Crossfire always downclocks the faster card to the slower card's speed.
Had 4870s in crossfire before didn't even know this, as both card overclocked the same.
Quote:
Originally Posted by onoz;11807170 
Get another 5850 if you don't think you're patient enough.
Working on a new build so its going to take a while so far I have replace my PSU and chassis shopping gpus now and am eyeing the i5 2500k for later will maybe get it 2 month after release so am really in no hurry.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pillz Here;11807194 
He can just overclock the Powercolor card to match his current card. rolleyes.gif

Any 5850 will generally do 900-950mhz easily. Since the 5850 is cheaper I'd go with that. The 6850 crossfire setup would be a side-grade at best.

Just wonder will overcocked 5850s beat overclock 6850s? so far no one seemed to have explored that yet.

Edit: Also have a Rasa 750 RS240 arriving Thursday.
Edited by ShaCanX - 12/28/10 at 1:50pm
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Just for the record, the improvements to crossfire scaling were driver-related, and will apply to 5x00 series just as well as 6x00 series. There's really nothing special about 6x00 in this regard, it's just that all the benches on the 5-series were done before these driver optimizations, and the 6-series afterwards thumb.gif
    
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