Using Bing Cashback, I have found the XFX 5850 for $264, and the Asus 5850 for $299. If costs were equal or even a little bit closer, I'd have chosen the Asus card without hesitation. As it stands, I don't plan on OCing too terribly (though I have gotten into it recently, OCing my CPU from 2.66 to 3.2 and going to attempt to go even higher once my new heatsink comes in), so while it'd be nice to have the option, it's not imperative.
What I care most about is loudness and temperature. Then again, if the loudness and temperature is only minimal between the two cards, I think I'd go for the cheaper card. That $35 difference is pretty substantial, after all.
Any advice/opinions on the matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
XFX has lifetime warranties! Any they have great service... I had a 7800gt back in the day, after 2 years it died. Sent it back, and in about a week I had a brand new 8800gt at my door (since the 7800s were out of production)
I went for the xfx. The cheap price, the reviews for the card, and the lifetime warranty and pretty much made it a no-brainer. Only reason I didn't go for the gtx is because of temperature, noise, and I'm not sure my PSU could have powered. I have a Corsair 550, and even then, I'm a bit worried about the 5850.