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Worth it to upgrade 4850=>5850?

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January 12, 2010 4:14:27 PM

Sorry is this was asked before, but looking at the benchmarks, it seems I may not get the huge jump in performance if I upgrade?

Setup:
AMD Quad Core PII, 3.4GHZ
4GB ram
4850 graphics

Games I play:
World of Warcraft
Modern Warfare I+II
BF2
World at War
Company of Heros

I play those games in that order...so is it really worth it for me to upgrade? I would like to play the directx11 games at some point as well.

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Mike
January 12, 2010 4:22:42 PM

Get it...its worth doing so...
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January 12, 2010 4:25:42 PM

A 5850 is roughly equal to two 4850s in Crossfire.

What is your resolution?

If you are playing at 1280x1024, you won't notice much difference.

If you are playing at 1680x1050 or 1920x1080 or above, you will notice a huge difference, and you'll be able to max out the settings. If you have a big monitor, sell your 4850 and get that 5850!
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January 12, 2010 4:31:37 PM

Ok, that what I really wanted to know...currently I have my PC hooked up to a 40' LCD and play at 1920X1080...maxing out WoW seems to give me some slowdown with Ultra settings. But still playable.

Im going back to a monitor soon and I believe that will max out at 1680x1050...so I think I may go ahead and splurge then for the card...thanks for the quick reply and help!
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January 12, 2010 5:31:03 PM

5850 will support Eyefinity, and will drive it pretty well with 3x1920 x 1200.
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January 12, 2010 5:35:44 PM

A 5850 is double the performance, double the fun.

Also, the 5850 seems to also be able to clock to the 5870 settings without much effort or voltage increases. If you like to tinker or overclock, you can get a 5850 to just under 5870 performance.
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January 12, 2010 5:44:50 PM

on a 1080 p display you will notice a huge difference. you will will be able to max settings in most games and use 8x AA too. (probably not in crysis but who really gives an F at this point...)
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January 12, 2010 6:07:32 PM

Of course the other, cheaper option if your MB supports it is adding another 4850 for crossfire. Roughly the same performance as the 5850 for only $99. That is a cheap upgrade that will make all difference...the 5850 will set you back $300 and all you're gaining is DX11 support (if you have windows 7).
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January 12, 2010 7:54:22 PM

Unfortunately, my MB dont support crossfire. If it did, I would definitely go that route. I do have Windows 7 and it will be nice to see the directx11 games in their full glory so I can show my console buddies what they are missing out on.

Thanks again everyone for all your help. Ill be ordering my card today! Thank you AMD/ATI for bringing out such great products...I bought your stock at $2 and its doing great~! ^_^
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