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Crossfired ATI HD4850's vs. ATI HD5850?

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a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 7:49:02 AM

I currently have 2 crossfired ATI HD4850 GPU's in my computer and I was thinking of upgrading to one ATI HD5850. I was wondering if there is a significant increase in performance for gaming and whether it was really worth the extra money to switch over to the 5000 series?
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 8:54:07 AM

The performance at stock will be roughly equal but the HD5850 has a number of other advantages. It also overclocks VERY well, up to the performance of an HD5870 and even higher if you up the voltage. It uses less power than a single HD4850, it's dx11 compatible, supports 3 monitors and in comparison to your current setup it will have no crossfire scalability/compatibility issues. I'd say it's worth it if you can get a decent price selling your current cards.
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 9:00:21 AM

I would say go for 5770 in crossfire
As these two 5770 will out perform 5850 and will give you performance on-par with $400 5870.
5850 is a good choice when you dont have a motherboard which supports crossfire.
Since you have a motherboard supporting CrossFire
I'd say you to go with 2x5770
And, you'll get
Shader Model 5.0
Upto three monitors support

GooD LucK
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 9:03:54 AM

Yeah, two HD5770s in crossfire is an interesting choice as well but for the same price I'd just get an HD5850 and OC it.
a c 189 U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 11:12:14 AM

a single 5850, less heat, less power consumption, less trouble... :) 
January 31, 2010 3:33:39 PM

^ +1

also no problems with games that don't support crossfire.