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HD 5830 or 2 HD 4850s?

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June 18, 2010 9:51:03 PM

In a previous post I said I wasn't planning on going with a more expensive GPU but I'm reconsidering.

I was previously planning on using a Radeon HD 5770 but now I'm thinking I can spend a bit more.

So should I go with the HD 5830 or 2 HD 4850s for crossfire?

5830: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the crossfire setup will probably be cheaper too

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a c 1318 U Graphics card
June 18, 2010 9:58:23 PM

The crossfire will perform better and be cheaper but it also needs a bigger PSU. If you are covered on the PSU then it is HD5830 newer tech versus little more raw hp with the crossfire setup.
June 18, 2010 10:03:25 PM

750W enough for crossfire? will the newer tech make a big difference? and would i be able to find drivers to make the 4850s usable with directx 11?
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June 18, 2010 10:08:32 PM

750 is enough but i would go 850 ! and the 4850x2 is much better !

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a c 1318 U Graphics card
June 18, 2010 10:08:48 PM
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4850 does not support DX11. 750 watt is enough for the crossfire.
Newer tech is only worth it if you use it! Do you plan to run eyefinity over more than one monitor or use DX11 (win Vista and 7 only) then it is worth it.
June 18, 2010 10:13:31 PM

i'm not planning on running eyefinity in the foreseeable future, but I'd use dx11 if i could (i'll be running w7). how much of a difference would there be though?
June 18, 2010 10:40:16 PM

even 650 is enough for crossfire but some games do not handle crossfire as well, and overclocking the 5830 would be better, you can also crossfire the 5830 in the future, its a better choice.
a b U Graphics card
June 18, 2010 11:26:29 PM

I would go for the 5830 also.

Sacrificing some performance, but you should still have enough to run any game out there. you then have Dx11.
a b U Graphics card
June 18, 2010 11:33:09 PM

Add me to the 5830.
Agree with the above logic.
On paper your giving up some gpu horsepower.
But 1 more powerful 40nm gpu, gddr5, as a enthusiast, I sleep better with newer tech :) 
Its very similar to the argument, You can still get a 4870 for 150.00, do you get 2 of those instead of a 5850 ? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would not , sacrifice slight power to gain advantage of having only 1 video card and newer tech.
a c 1318 U Graphics card
June 18, 2010 11:45:00 PM

Since you can utilize DX11 I say HD5830. It gives you the option of upgrading to a crossfire when DX11 is in all new games and you need more HP.
a b U Graphics card
June 18, 2010 11:50:56 PM

Anyone ask the OP what res he is playing at? How can someone recommend something w/o knowing the most important factor?
a c 1318 U Graphics card
June 19, 2010 12:40:45 AM

OvrClkr said:
Anyone ask the OP what res he is playing at? How can someone recommend something w/o knowing the most important factor?

We are just answering a specific question between two options given by OP.
a b U Graphics card
June 19, 2010 1:22:16 AM

OvrClkr said:
Anyone ask the OP what res he is playing at? How can someone recommend something w/o knowing the most important factor?


i don't think any of us would have given a different answer at a certain resolution.

my answer would be the same if he is playing at 1024x768 or 1920x1080.
June 29, 2010 3:58:54 AM

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