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Radeon 5850 vs Radeon 5850

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
April 28, 2010 2:49:32 PM

Hi all,

I've just had the card I wanted for my new build double in price. I'm looking to get a 5850 and two new ones I'm looking at are:

The list of options are here:

I'm wondering what the difference is between them and which would be the best to go for. I had plan only to spend €240 orginally.

April 28, 2010 3:26:16 PM

cheaper one
April 28, 2010 4:30:52 PM

And if money was less of an object whats the benifit in going for the higher priced one?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
April 28, 2010 4:41:38 PM

If that's not the issue, grab the ASUS DirectCU edition. It's the best performance out there, and it'll beat any other HD5850 for the price.
April 28, 2010 7:34:55 PM

tThe Blue Sapphire 5850 is a non-reference card, which most likely means that it has cut down on some components to have a cheaper price. I reccomend you stick with the red reference solutions, like the one you posted from MSi, although that particular model is overpriced. Reference cards allow you to control the voltages on the GPU, something that most non-reference cards lack. This can be a serious pain if you are trying to go for Overclocking.
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 28, 2010 8:07:50 PM

Asus DirectCU editions have unlocked voltages.
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 29, 2010 9:39:44 AM

Yes, that is one of the best 5850s to-date.