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Hey guys my 5850 developted a fault, I have got a refund and not sure which of these 2 cards I should go for, the 5850 is faster by quite abit but the GTX 460 hawk is a great overclocker and is 1 of the coolest cards in the gtx 460 series with its 2 9CM fans which delivers +80% airflow against other gtx 460 cards and it has military grade components and got told it can be overclocked so its nearly as good as the gtx 480, is this true?
What card should I go for?
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Sounds like you've already decided on the 460.

Depending on other funds I'd probably get another 5850 personally.
Likely hard to do as the other 5850 failed you.

Sounds like you are going to OC anyway, 5850 would have the highest potential of the two.
 

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you had a HD5850. just for the sake of trying new hardware id prolly get the gtx 460 if I were you
both are great cards anyway
 

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It's a hard choice, theres also the Asus ATI Radeon HD 5850 DirectCU which seems like a good, cool, good overclockable card.
Just lookin for any advice on what would be best choice.
 

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460 = 5830 give or take.

Me today, I would go 460 100% for sure if I was planning on a SLI 460 upgrade in the near future.

If this is going to be your one card for the next 3 years, I would go 5850 then.
 

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I don't know if the Hawk is worth it. If you can find it for the right price pick it up, otherwise you might be able to find some really cheap 470's out there that will performa much better. If you get a GTX 460 look into some other cheaper ones. I've seen a lot of the Asus DirectCU ones hit 900mhz core.
 

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The hawk is overpriced for no real gain. It's approaching 470 territory. The Asus DirectCU or the MSI Cyclone are your best bets. The Cyclone is $205 AR on newegg eight now.
 

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What card should I go for?
OC'ed 460 Hawk > 5850 but OC'ed 5850 > OC'ed 460 Hawk...So what are you thinkin' now ?
 

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There is the Asus GeForce GTX 470 V2 1280MB which has voltage tweek technology for upto 50% performance would this be better over a overclocked 5850?
Think I will skip the 460.
 

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There is the Asus GeForce GTX 470 V2 1280MB which has voltage tweek technology for upto 50% performance would this be better over a overclocked 5850?
Think I will skip the 460.
Yes the GTX 470 is better but since you already have a 5850 why not just get another and corssfire, it will give you much more performance.
 

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Yes the GTX 470 is better but since you already have a 5850 why not just get another and corssfire, it will give you much more performance.

I had to RMA my 5850 because the display driver kept failing to install but I got a full refund so I am looking at either another 5850 or the gtx 470.
 

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Its not always about straight performance benches. As you know, ATI can have all sorts of driver problems that give ATI owners headaches that nVidia owners never have to deal with. Just saying...

A heavily OC'd 460 has better performance than a stock 5850. If your board supports SLI, a 460 now and a 460 later is a pretty solid way to max performance and save some cash. Two 460's in SLI dominate a 480 in performance as they scale around 80-85% in SLI. Pretty incredible.
 

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between a 5850 and a 470, i'd prolly opt for the 470. if you can live with higher temps and power draw, and get one that supports overvolting, you'll be in good shape for years. fermi really takes off at higher frequencies, something that's not as true of the 5k series
 

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Its not always about straight performance benches. As you know, ATI can have all sorts of driver problems that give ATI owners headaches that nVidia owners never have to deal with. Just saying...

A heavily OC'd 460 has better performance than a stock 5850. If your board supports SLI, a 460 now and a 460 later is a pretty solid way to max performance and save some cash. Two 460's in SLI dominate a 480 in performance as they scale around 80-85% in SLI. Pretty incredible.
Thanks I will go for 460 SLI then, but when you say it dominates 480, is that for the 460x2 1024mb or 768mb?
The 768mb is alot cheaper for 2 cards and if it still beats gtx 480 will go for that.
 

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I'd honestly go for the best single card that you can get. Every game supports 1 card
 
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