Which ATI 5850?

Well, now im looking to only buy one card and another 5850 the next year
I want something that runs cool and of good quality


I have been told the Asus Direct CU is best BUT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121375
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125318
now, is it worth it? for the price difference is it worth going with Asus? i have no problem, i can wait til the Asus are available and i plan on buying a second one in about a year or so

will the Gigabyte run cooler? Will the Asus just out perform the Gigabyte? which would be easier to over clock? which is of better quality or are they almost the same?


Thanks for the help


on a side note: seeing that the Asus is selling out is kinda assuring in the Asus name
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  1. Well, each GPU overclocks differently, the Gigabyte may overclock better if they binned the chips for overclocking.

    Don't see a reason to go for the Asus if Gigabyte's cooler outperforms it for less.

    You may want to have a look at the Sapphire Vapor-X HD 5850 which has very good cooling and overclocking performance.
  2. Lmeow said:
    Well, each GPU overclocks differently, the Gigabyte may overclock better if they binned the chips for overclocking.

    Don't see a reason to go for the Asus if Gigabyte's cooler outperforms it for less.

    You may want to have a look at the Sapphire Vapor-X HD 5850 which has very good cooling and overclocking performance.



    Hmm, turns out that they limit the voltage on gigabyte and some ppl are having problems with bios and fans set at default speeds that can't be changed, looks like an Asus for me then
  3. Didn't know the HD 5870's voltage limits was also apparent on the HD 5850.

    Go for the Asus then if you're planning to do greater overclocks. Mind you, I'm pretty sure it's possible to flash the Gigabyte HD 5850 BIOS to an ASUS HD 5850 BIOS.
  4. hmmm, very tempting.....


    then there is this emotional part of me, that likes the fact that the mobo, screen, disc drive, and possibly my GPU are all of the same brand :)

    but 60 dollars is sure a lot of a difference
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