Well for $100 less, the 768mb GTX460 performs very well. The 1GB version, at $230 is even closer, and then it's an extra $70 for the 5850. GTX460 is definitely a great card and should stir up the competition, but at the same time the 5850 does perform better.
All of our performance testing showed the two Galaxy video cards to perform faster than HD 5850 CrossFireX. The Galaxy GT X 460 1GB SLI simply lays the smack down on HD 5850 CrossFireX. When you look at the utter performance dominance, and the fact that you can get the GTX 460 for a lot less cash, the real value is GeForce GTX 460 1GB SLI. Just think, the GTX 460 1GB SLI configuration has proven to be a better performing solution compared to single card GTX 470, GTX 480, HD 5850, HD 5870, and 5850 CFX (Yes, we are testing 5870 CFX now.). GTX 460 1GB SLI has proven to be a better value than single card GTX 480, single card HD 5870 at an expense of about $40, and surely a better value than HD 5850 CFX.
Yes , I read the redux articles. ATI owners should thank Hocp for exposing these driver updates that screwed crossfire performance in POPULAR games. lol
The hardware does not run without the software (so obvious, but making a point), frustrating for 58XX owners to invest in dual gpu and get these hiccups. Read some good comments in the discussion for the redux article.
5870 vs gtx 460 redux http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/09/16/nv_gtx_460_1g...
discussion of article http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1547493