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Gonna upgrade to a 5850 Toxic, but 2GB worth effort?

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    Now the rest of my rig is listed here, yes it's showing it's age rather rapidly these days but I can't really afford a new build so I figure I will kick a little more horsepower into the GFX dept and something I can move along to a new build eventually.

    Being a Die-hard Sapphire man I figure I'm gonna go with a 5850 Toxic. Now the price really isn't the issue at all as the Vapor-X and Toxic 1GB and 2GB models are so closely priced it really isn't a money issue at all.

    I guess I just wanted some other opinions on whether 2GB is gonna be any kinda advantage. I have read the reviews on it, not really any that were that conclusive. I like to run as much AA and AF as I can and play at 1920 x 1080.

    So just looking for some thoughts on the matter. Just remember I money is not a factor. I am also not really interested in a 5870 because the money jump IS a factor there.

    Yeah okay you can tell me how much I will be bottlenecking it, I can accept that:wtf: :roll:

    I'm pulling the trigger on this tomorrow either way just hoping for a little feedback.
     
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    Unless you're going to be running Eyefinity, or blowing several thousand dollars on a 4k resolution screen, or your favorite game is horribly coded like GTA4, 2GB won't make any difference. But if the difference in price is truly small, then why the hell not. Just don't put too much money into it thinking it will be worth your while. It will just bump up your future resale value by a tad.
     
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    BUT I just went back was gonna post some prices I just found a 5870 Vapor-X for 3000kr. Was gonna pay 2800 for the 5850 Toxic 2GB anyway.

    Thanks for making me go back to do a little more research guess I'm goin for the big boy afterall :rockout:
     
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    Enjoy it! Be sure to take pictures and post 'em up here!
     
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    Will do. I just hope I won't have any issues get the big mofo to fit... Hoping I have the extra inch to spare.
     
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    5870!!!! +1 have fun
     
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    If you plan on overclocking a 5870 has about 5% more grunt than an equally clocked 5850. Look for a cheaper reference 5850 if you can get one.
     
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    Good point and was one my reasonings for going for a 5850. The Toxic edition while OC'd has nicer chokes and having the "same" cooler on my current 4870 I know its a cool and quiet solution.
    I just want to steer clear of the reference cooler as I know how annoying it is. Not too mention the price gap between a reference 5850 and Vapor-X is less than 50kr(less than $10)
    and then next step is up to a Toxic is just another 200kr or 250kr($40) more over a reference model for a better cooler and better quality PCB and components plus the OC out of the box.

    I am still kinda on the fence here I guess I will pull the 2GB model off the table but still thinking between the 5870 Vapor-X 1GB or the 5850 Toxic 1GB. now between those there is a fair price gap of 500kr(about $80 US) so that is a fair gap now from my original intentions.

    So now I dunno if I have made my decision tougher or easier. :banghead:
     
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    I find nothing annoying about the 5850 stock cooler. It doesn't have to be run at high RPM's it stays pretty quiet. Plus, the reference cards for sure have voltage control.
     
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    May I suggest taking a look at my card, having had two HD4890 Toxics previously, I can tell you this cooler is at least as good.... if not better, the card is non reference but comes with Asus voltage tweak so you can clock to your hearts content, it really is a nice card.

    http://uk.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=Yi2BzMnQP4ttW3Fm&templete=2
     
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    Interesting possibility.
     
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    I dunno I am still pretty much stuck on the 5850 Toxic(the high performer, lower price, but no voltage control) tho most reviews have been able to hit 895 easily with them anyway.
    Or just bite the bullet and go all out and just get the 5870 Vapor-X which apparently can be voltage controlled but again I suspect it will OC well anyway and well AMD won't let anyone build one any faster than it anyway(hence why there will be no Toxic model)
     
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    Get whatever has voltage control. If you get that 5850 Toxic, you WILL eventually want voltage control and be stuck with a card that doesn't have it.
     
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