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July 14, 2010 2:03:35 AM

Gaming at 1600x900, which would be the best option? I don't plan on upgrading for a while, and more than likely would never crossfire the 5850.

HD 5850
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HD 5770 x2 in crossfire

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July 14, 2010 2:08:52 AM

a single ATI 5770 is more then enough

the Nvidia GTX 460 would give you better future proof and cost less then the 5770 CF or 5850
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July 14, 2010 2:22:24 AM

Well no GTX460 for me, AMD/ATI brand loyalty and all. Would a 5830 be a better fit? I just don't want to run into any issues with FPS with all the settings maxed, and I'm not sure a single 5770 would do it for me.
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July 14, 2010 2:37:56 AM

A single 5770 should do fine, but you will see an improvement with a 5850, even my friend's dual 5850 CF on 1600x900 shows improvement with the 2nd 5850.
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July 14, 2010 2:41:15 AM

So would 2 5770s in crossfire not scale very well at that resolution? I know most benchmarks show that 2 5770s in crossfire outperform a 5850 most of the time
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July 14, 2010 2:42:18 AM

I would just get a 5850 then, CF and SLI while mature still have a lot of problems.
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July 14, 2010 2:47:58 AM

Thanks for the replies, another reason I love Tom's, great forums with helpful people.
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July 14, 2010 5:18:41 AM

For what it's worth games with tessellation are going to be coming out at an alarming rate. Even the GTX 460, 465 and HD 5830 for example struggle with maxing out Metro 2033 at 1280x720. So I'd say the 5830 is bare minimum for what you want to do.

It'd be nice if some OEM 5840's showed up with more ROPs, a la HD 4860.
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July 21, 2010 9:20:47 AM

Best answer selected by scazbala86.
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