Is the HD 5850 Black edition worth the extra $50?
-Black Edition has core clock of 765 MHz vs. the normal 725 MHz.
-Black Edition has memory clock of 1125Mhz(4.5Gbps) vs. the normal 1000Mhz(4.0Gbps)
I just ordered one because it was the only one in stock I've been waiting close to a month. Starting to second guess my decision and lack of patience.
Edit: Also will this crossfire with a normal card down the line or will I need a second black edition?
Edit #2: It almost seems like they just added the Black edition tag and sent it out pre overclocked with the Ati utility. I'm under the impression that with the current Ati utility your limited to 775Mhz core clock and 1125Mhz memory clock.
You can always sell it , There are people who will snatch it on instant.
And to answer your question - NO- it's not worth it
Almost any 5850 is getting to near 900/1300. The best part is the memory - ITS ABSOLUTELY SAME as on 5870. Its just there is no any different chips at the moment so all chips used are same on all 5000 series
my 5850 (Sapphire stock) clocks to 880/1260 without any issue and I havent pushed it further as my power supply is turning off (as its 400W) I will upgrade it soon and will check its full potential