Another 5850 or 460 SLI

I currently own a Sapphire 5850, after reading the front page article, i'm stuck between whether to get another 5850, or selling my current one, and getting a pair of GTX 460s as my future upgrade path.

My motherboard is an ASUS P6T Deluxe V2, so both setups would be fine.
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  1. 2 5850's will best 2 460's, so i'd say save yourself the hassle and get another 5850.
  2. Agree, 2xHD5850 will destroy 2xGTX460. :)
  3. Ah, because looking at the scaling, SLI has about 90% while crossfire only has around 60-70%.
  4. ^
    suit yourself... :)
  5. I can tell you from experience that CF scaled better than 60-70% in almost all cases, most of the time its closer to 80%

    @OP I take it if you were to send back your HD5850 you'd have to pay delivery and a restocking fee?
  6. Hocp also just did a GTX 460 sli article against AMD gpu's. They chose only to do 2560Xxxx tests. 5850crossfire does not destroy 460sli.
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/07/26/geforce_gtx_460_sli_performance_vs_amd_gpus
    I would not return a video card to do what the OP has proposed. Restocking and shipping fees for returning a working card because of change of heart ?
  7. I wouldn't return this, its already out of local store warranty, but rather sell it 2nd hand. And I am running at a resolution of 1920x1080.
  8. 5850s are selling for ~$200 used now, so its a a great idea to sell it.
    However, buying a used one for $200 is probably your best choice, as you're getting better performance for the same cash as a GTX460 SLI setup.
  9. 3dmark vantage p setting gpu score 5850 xfire 20734, 460sli 24642 460 nearly 20% faster


    web pages for reference http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5850-review-crossfire/19

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/geforce-gtx-460-sli-geforce-gtx-480,review-31957-3.html
  10. narwen said:
    3dmark vantage p setting gpu score 5850 xfire 20734, 460sli 24642 460 nearly 20% faster


    web pages for reference http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5850-review-crossfire/19

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/geforce-gtx-460-sli-geforce-gtx-480,review-31957-3.html

    The same site say dual 5830s score higher in 3D vantage than 2 GTX460s.
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-460-sli-review/13
  11. same review shows them quicker than 5850 xfire. But they are overclocked how good are 5850 at overclocking?
  12. narwen said:
    same review shows them quicker than 5850 xfire. But they are overclocked how good are 5850 at overclocking?

    Read the review, the 5850s perform better than 2 GTX460s across the board, except Far Cry 2 of course.
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-460-sli-review/11

    The HD5850 also OCs great if not better than the gtx460, can go up to 850Mhz with ease, and with a little more voltage you can hit 1000Mhz.
  13. I have my 5850 at 875/1100 atm. Sadly this is a non reference board so i'm not able to increase the voltage.

    How well do overclocked 5850s hold up against overclocked 460s?

    On a side note, I cannot seem to find any 2nd hand 5850s here in Canada.
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