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    stevednmc New Member

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    So i am currently running 2 sapphire 4850's 512m in crossfire. I was wondering if it would be a worthwhile upgrade to go with a single 5850 or 5870? I would likely later crossfire whatever i get now as well, but for the moment can only afford one card. Any insights? Or should i stay with my current set up until i can afford to crossfire whichever i decide on later? Oh, and which is the better buy? 5850 or 5870? im leaning toward the 5850's myself, they seem to be more dependable from the reviews i have read. Thanks in advance for any advice rendered!!
     
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    Quick question first, since your 4850s have half the memory of the 5850/70: do you game at high resolutions (1600+)? In general I believe the 5850 will beat the 4850CF by ~15%. Also, you'd get lower power consumption and DX11.
     
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    Yes, ill be gaming at about 1600, best my monitor can do atm. The dx11 and power consumtion are definitely figuring in the upgrade.
     
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    I think you'd notice a difference going to a 5850, but probably not enough for it to be worth the present upgrade cost. You'd definitely notice bumping up to the 5870, but I've always been one to wait and grab things once they drop to max price to performance ratio, so personally I'd wait to upgrade to either one until their prices drop 20% or more. However—if that's not your priority, you'd probably be pretty happy with the 5870.

    Others here are more knowledgeable on 5000 series cards around here than am I. :respect: Hope this helps a bit until they reply. Good luck on your decision!
     
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    Thanks Tigr. Im rebuiding my pc soon, basically shifting from one case to the other, thought it might be good to replace those 4850's while i was at it! So im in the research stage right now as it is. Kinda got the itch to do some upgrading, and i dont want to move to ddr3 yet cuz then i will wanna get a new processor...i7....$$$$$. This is too similar to hot rodding...and just as addictive!
     
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    dude one 5850 will demolish 4850 cf seriously!!!
    and a lot less heat and power consumption.
    if you dont want to spend money sell 4850 and get 5850 no performance drawbacks
    if you got money to spend get a 5870:D
     
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    Either of the 58XX cards would be better than your crossfire setup.
     
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    If you buy the 5850 you can use the saving on your power bill to buy a bigger monitor in 6 months. :p
     
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    Prices of the 5800 have been dropping recently. If you can wait I say get something mid Feb or so and the prices should have come back down by then (hopefully). With games like Bad Company 2, Alien vs Predator, etc coming out using DX11 I say it's worth it to get a 5800.
     
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    The heat that the 4850s generate in Crossfire alone, would be a good reason to dump them for a 5850. Your PSU strain will drop also so thats another bonus :)
     
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    Thanks for all the advice! Sorry it took so long to tag back, been away from the computer a while! All points are valid, and im leaning really heavily toward a 5870 now..And yes Eastcoast, im looking about mid feb to get one, thats when i expect the wind fall as it were, question now is which one...sapphire? HIS...hmm so many choices..lmao, this is fun!
     

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