I am looking to upgrade my graphics card setup. Currently I have 2 crossfired HD3870 512mb cards. I mostly play Crysis and Need for Speed. I am using a 19" monitor at 1280x1024.
Some of the things that I have considered would be to crossfired a pair of 4850's or 4770's. But I am a little teased by DX11 for some future proofing. Would a single 5850 be good for now, and allow me to crossfire it later if needed? I am looking to spend around $200 towards whatever. My current MB and CPU are working fine for me, but it would be nice to bring my new card(s) to a new system later, which also is why I am considering a 5000 series card.
I am also looking to upgrade my monitor at the same time. I would like some more real estate, but am not looking for anything crazy. I have been looking at some 23" and 24" models that max at 1680x1050 (around $200 would be nice). Should I bump it up and go 1080P?
Anybody particularly happy with what they have? Is this a mute point with my current MB and CPU and I should wait until my next major upgrade?
Thanks for the quick response. I may just get a single 5850 for now with my current CPU and GPU, but if I upgrade to an i5/i7 system later, the card would still be relevant and I could add a second one.
You will see better bang for the buck and crossfire scaling efficiency if you were to go with 5770. DX11, will outperform your current set up handily, cheaper than a 5850, and when you add a second one to a new rig, it will double your graphical performance, due to its extremely efficient xfire.
JofaMang: the big difference I see is 128bit vs 256bit, as well as 2 6-pin power connectors on the 5850. Also, for a single card to replace my current, would you go with 1gb?
The 128bit bus is one of the reasons that it scales so efficiently. The card has been designed around that narrower (and cheaper) bus and utilizes what it has available very efficiently, and two of these cards running together do not saturate the PCI lanes, thus, 5770 x2 is almost 200% actual performance of one card. We are not seeing these efficiencies (yet) on crossfired 5850s/70s. It makes me wonder about the triple xfire scaling efficiencies of the 5770, heh.
Video Ram needs are mostly dependent on your Monitor. If you have a 1920x1080 or larger resolution monitor, it would be best to go with 1gb models. Anything less can get by on 512mb of video memory.