HD 5850 vs HD 5770

Is it worth shelling out 2x the money for an HD 5850? Perhaps a silly question, obviously 5850 is more performant - but any personal experiences from owners would be very welcome. Any reason I should steer clear of either of those? Or would you recommend an equivalent NVIDIA series instead?

Thank you.
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  1. Nvidia isn't a good buy on the high end right now. What is your monitors native resolution?
  2. If you are playing at 1920 x 1200 (minimum for the 5850 to shine) & the latest games, then the 5850 will be great.
    The 5850 is really good for 1920 x 1200 + AA (5800 series uses SSAA) or 2560 x 1600.
  3. Jyjjy: thanks! that's exactly the info you can't really get from reviews (or I haven't found). I haven't finalized my monitor choice but I'll probably go with 24 or 25 inch wide screen HD LCD eg
    Btw if you have any monitor recommendations, I'd be happy to hear them.

    sabot00: thanks for the reply!
  4. Would you run a 16:9 on 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 ?
  5. Yes, it is worth it. A 5850 performs almost 100% better than 2x 5770s in crossfire due to poorer 5770 scaling compared to the 4870.

    Very rarely is a card that is double in price also double in performance than another card. Get the 5850 for large monitors. 5770 will do fine for 1280x1024.
  6. Ok it's decided then, I'll def get the 5850 since i'm planning on a wide screen 24-25''. Thanks guys - the community on these forums is amazing!!
  7. An HD5770 will be decent for 1920x1080(or 1200.) It will struggle a bit on the most intensive games with high settings but it's definitely pretty good for that resolution. It's a good choice if you have a motherboard capable of crossfire as then you can add another in the future when you find it necessary and prices have come down. It scales well in crossfire and 2 HD5770 in crossfire offer similar performance to an HD5870 although the minimum framerates suffer a bit because of the 128 bit bus. If your budget is tight it's probably the way to go but if you have the money the HD5850 is the better choice. The HD5850 also OCs very nicely and can get up to or exceed the performance of a stock HD5870
  8. Bluescreendeath said:
    A 5850 performs almost 100% better than 2x 5770s in crossfire due to poorer 5770 scaling compared to the 4870.

    This is totally untrue. The HD5770 scales very well and 2 in crossfire easily beat an HD5850.
  9. Anonymous said:
    Would you run a 16:9 on 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 ?

    1920x1080 is 16:9
    1920x1200 is 16:10
  10. Too bad I can't give multiple best answers here.

    Now I'm having second thoughts... I COULD go with the 5850 but why not save 140 bucks when I can always expand later like you said (mobo is cross fire capable). The only thing is getting xfire-ed 5770 will be more power and heat, I really liked 5850s temp/watt profile.

    Since I'm just learning about this stuff - which retailers would you recommend? I very recently realized it's not ATI selling them. ASUS or VisionTek or ...? The cheapest I found was on PROVANTAGE (Asus). Or any one will do?

    Hmm I really need to think if it's worth spending the extra money...
  11. Best answer
    Make sure your motherboard isn't just crossfire capable but also that the second slot doesn't run at x4 as it's not worth crossfiring with such a board.
    The best retailer is if you are in the US but I think you meant manufacturer.
    For an HD5770 I would probably go with this card for $153
    For an HD5850 I would probably get this for $308
  12. Correct, I meant manufacturers. So you recommend ASUS for 5850 and HIS 5770.

    Board is
  13. There are two 'blue' slots so I assume it should support 2x PCI 2.0 x16 cards at full 16 lanes right?
  14. Oh and finally, should I go for a 16:9 or 16:10. I have no intuition which is better simply because 16:10, while larger, sounds very non-standard to me (wrong?). I thought HDTV only came in three tiers, 16:9 being the highest...?

    (I'm looking for an HDTV lcd with HDMI/DVI/HDCP and possibly a tuner though I might go with a tuner card on the box).
  15. Those recommendations were mostly based on price. The main difference between cards from different manufactures is the fan/heatsink and the warranty. All the cards are pretty much the same other than that with some minor exceptions. Some offer a factory OC which is mostly useless as the results can almost always be easily duplicated(and usually bettered) on any card you might buy.
    You can run 16:9 movies on a 16:10 monitor. There will just be a small black bar at the top and bottom of the screen.
    How the motherboard operates in crossfire(x16, x8 or x4) should be listed in it's specifications. If you tell me the specific board I can tell you.
  16. Sorry, missed the link you pasted to the board. Yeah, seems like that should do full x16 for both slots in crossfire. You wouldn't want to use the 3rd slot though which is x4.
  17. Thanks, I'll give this some thought...
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