Originally Posted by bobzilla2009
well, tbh upgrading by one solitary generation never really gets huge boosts unless you go for the top end of the newer generation. But the hd5850 will definitely serve you well, and can overclock really well
it can approach hd5870 stock levels! and sometimes beat it iirc. Plus i assume they'll drop to sub-£200 when fermi becomes available, so crossfiring in a year would be a nice boost
I'll tell you what as well, the performance is a lot better than is being indicated across the benchmark reviews, many of them using i7 CPUs! Mind you, they tend not to overclock when they benchmark.
I sincerely hope that the price does not drop to sub-£200 when FERMI becomes available as that date is only 1 week away! I reasoned that although FERMI was due out on 26th, it will be only the high end models and going by past history, Nvidia's cards have always been very expensive compared with the performance that they provide. This time around things are seeming more reasonable at Nvidia's end with prices starting from $350. However, by the time that SP has had 17.% VAT added to it; in addition to the early retail outlets ramping the price way up above the recommended retail price, due to both low availablity and age old 'Rip-Off Britain' traditions, FERMI cards could be quite a bit more expensive than anticipated......they always are (at least in UK).
So heres hoping that I dont wake up in the middle of next week and find out that I could have got my card £40 cheaper had I just waited 10 more days!
Now, should the 5850 be sub £200 in perhaps Nov 2010, or maybe even sub £150 come March 2011, then I could see crossfire configuration becoming very tempting.