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I had two 4850s (crossfire)

switched yesterday to a asus 5850. my 3dmark06 went up about 500.

4850's were not oc'd. they didnt like that lol

but the 5850 was set at 850/1200.

I expected more. but i guess 3dmark likes dual cards over single.

this sound right?
 

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Yeah, you are comparing dual GPUs to a single GPU in a test that actaully scales decently with mutli gpus.


Now get a second 5850 and crush it
 

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I had pretty much the exact same set up. All cards not overclocked my score from 4850 x-fire to a single 5850 went down like 300 points.
 

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It is generally said that a single 5850 is about twice as powerful as a 4850, and this just proves that.

Try playing some actual games though. I am sure you will find that you have a much higher minimum framerate compared to the 4850's.
 

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sorry, 20,400 4850's... 209xx 1 5850.

I agree 4850's are very stong combined.

That's ok, if I'm reading it right. (dyscalculia thingy sorry)
 

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A 5850 gives about the same performance as two 4850s (or 4850x2), so yes, this looks correct.
 

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thats correct but in games you will see the 5850 RAPE!

Ive always played on high settings. and the game just looks better then it did.

No lag, more fps. it may benchmark almost the same, but the 1 5850 kills the dual 4850s.

Only if i can turn my 2nd monitor on and not have it flicker, that would be really really cool lol
 

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I had two 4850s (crossfire)

switched yesterday to a asus 5850. my 3dmark06 went up about 500.

4850's were not oc'd. they didnt like that lol

but the 5850 was set at 850/1200.

I expected more. but i guess 3dmark likes dual cards over single.

this sound right?

The 5850, as designed, is the equivalent to the 4850 X2. Side note: 3Dmark 2006 is an older DX9 app that doesn't take full advantage to some of the new features in the 5000 series. Bench Vantage and you will see they are close, with the 5850 leading 4850 CF, running at stock clocks.
 

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Why in Dogs name does anybody still run 3dMark06?

Seriously, it's a CPU test. Look at my sig ... comparing a 295 to 2x5850. Look at the score difference. You think that's representative of how much better 2x5850 is vs. a 295? Trust me, it ain't.

Remember that 06 runs at 1280x1024, 0xAA, and medium quality settings. It means next to NOTHING as far as assessing your graphics performance.

If you want to extract some semblance of meaning from it though, you can look at the difference in your scores on test #3, Canyon Flight. That's the only test of the six on there that matters when comparing graphics cards. And even that one is not representative, really.

Or better yet, compare vantage scores, preferably on High or Extreme modes. Or Crysis. Or Stalker. Or Heaven. And use high resolutions and settings.

It's especially helpful if you run a test that tracks min fps, because the 5850 will kill 2x4850's in that department, even if the averages are very similar.
 
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