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post #21 of 72
What do you mean? The 5850 and 460 are very close at stock but the 5850 just beats it. So of course an overclocked 460 is going to best a stock 5850 but overclock them relatively and the 5850 will always come out on top.
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post #22 of 72
I'd go for the 5850.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/164?vs=180
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post #23 of 72
i've had both, and my recommendation would be to get a GTX 560. The random driver issue and compatibility problems with older games made me sell my 5850 and these 460s have been nothing but great since I got them, but a single one wouldn't be enough performance from you IMO.

only thing I truly miss is running 3 different res/refresh rate monitors out of a single GPU.

The added heat of running 3 cards in this rig to support SLI + Accessory monitors is a pain sometimes.
    
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post #24 of 72
You'll have hard time with ATi's drivers..
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post #25 of 72
Why will he? If he only runs 1 card he wont have any problems at all.
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post #26 of 72
Quote:
Originally Posted by fashric View Post
Why will he? If he only runs 1 card he wont have any problems at all.
On my HD2600 and now on my HD4870 I used to experience random crashes of the driver, mile long event logs, gray and green screens etc. with different versions.
11.2 works great now on my current card, but they have a long history of crappy drivers, so I don't think i'll update. Ever. And it might take some time for OP to find the best drivers for his future card.
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post #27 of 72
I've had a 9800pro, x1950pro, 5850 and 5850 crossfired and never experienced driver problems so saying ATI have bad drivers and everyone will have problems is incorrect. Saying your experience with the drivers has been bad is correct but not really relevant. My guess would be PEBCAK.
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post #28 of 72
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Drivers shouldn't be an issue, I'm currently running ATI without an issue.

I am NOT overclocking, so this is based on stock clocks and always will be.
I will not be doing SLI or CF, so its going to be a single card solution

That Sapphire at £98 has to be too good to be true, but I have to say I am happy with my current Sapphire card so it is tempting.

The budget HAS to stay at £160 as I'm not the one paying (parents... yeah, waiting for the rich kid comments but I raised the funds for my rig in the first place.)

I don't think the games I play support PhysX.

I won't be going CF for 2 reasons

1. my board isn't 2x 16 slots
2. PSU isn't strong enough. I'm happy as is. I won't need the power of SLI or CF.

Looks like the 5850 I think.
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post #29 of 72
I say gtx560 if you can afford one brand new, they are the price that gtx460 released at. Nvidia cards typically scale better when sli compared to ati's crossfire.

That is usually the case but with ati's newer generation the gap has been bridging.

However if you have to choose between the two, and you only plan on getting one video card, and dont plan to crossfire or sli then i would say 5850. gtx460 if you want to run a dual card setup.
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post #30 of 72
Based on what you said, get the 5850, especially that one at Pixmania (£110 inc postage is a great deal for it!).

Although I'd question you reasons for not overclocking it..

It's free speed... You can increase the clocks without a voltage increase by 100mhz easily on the 5850s, and more on stock volts with a bit more care, and you won't do anything noticeable to the lifespan of your card.

What's your reason for not overclocking?
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