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Cant Find any Reference 5850s

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July 8, 2010 4:29:49 AM

Would anyone happen to know where I could find A reference 5850 in stock. Previously ordered from amazon and they sent me a non reference Diamond 5850 card twice so I cant trust them any more got it returned.

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July 8, 2010 5:18:23 AM

the non-reference ones don't have voltage control
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July 8, 2010 5:27:10 AM

Thats only the vapor x
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July 8, 2010 5:30:46 AM

I have a toxic so there you go.
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July 8, 2010 5:35:08 AM

Almost all the non-reference HD5850s lack voltage control. The only exceptions that I know of are the ASUS DirectCU and the MSI Twin Frozr II.
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July 8, 2010 5:40:35 AM

hmmmm http://www.ncixus.com/products/44350/5850PE51G/Diamond/ looks exactly like the one I bought off amazon and they sent me a non reference card so I'm very hesitant on buying another one of those from diamond as for the other xfx card it has no reviews so I don't really know how reliable that can be too. Im just having a really hard time finding a legit reference card because many of these sites like amazon and tiger direct show pictures of ref cards but what they ship are non ref models.

I read up on the Directcu 5850 only problem is that my psu only has 2x 6 pin and the card requires a 6pin and 8 pin, not sure if an adapter would work would it? Not to familiar with how the adapters work, i have a 750w psu
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July 8, 2010 5:44:52 AM

I will say I like the factory overclock because it allows the card to idle properly. With overdrive on ( or afterburner) it can not idle below 400/1200, with it off 157/300 and running basic windows and internet it stays there. it keeps it cool and i assume it saves power.... And it is stable @900/1200 on stock voltage, can move overdrive sliders to 1000/1300 but haven't tested it yet .

My card came with a molex to 6 pin adapter cable and a twin molex to 8 pin adapter cable.. in the box. So it must work, my psu is 750W
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July 8, 2010 5:48:13 AM

Like I said you don't need the reference design;
ASUS DirectCU;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI Twin Frozr II;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Both have better coolers than the reference design and allow for voltage increases of the core. The DirectCU card in particular is quite nice and the best HD5850 you can buy IMO. Here is a review;
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1273/1/
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July 8, 2010 4:05:47 PM

cowgawd7 said:
hmmmm http://www.ncixus.com/products/44350/5850PE51G/Diamond/ looks exactly like the one I bought off amazon and they sent me a non reference card so I'm very hesitant on buying another one of those from diamond as for the other xfx card it has no reviews so I don't really know how reliable that can be too. Im just having a really hard time finding a legit reference card because many of these sites like amazon and tiger direct show pictures of ref cards but what they ship are non ref models.

I read up on the Directcu 5850 only problem is that my psu only has 2x 6 pin and the card requires a 6pin and 8 pin, not sure if an adapter would work would it? Not to familiar with how the adapters work, i have a 750w psu

XFX cards have a double lifetime warranty and their tech support is excellent.
I own one so i can speak from experience.
Runs cool too in a proper case mine idles at 32C.
NCIX is a top-notch e-tailer everybit as good as the Egg and plus some.
They pricematch any in-stock items from other e-tailers.
Bought my 5850 there in Feb. runs problem free.
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