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Which 5850 for me?

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August 3, 2010 2:57:07 AM

Hey, I'm buying a 5850, and I'm stuck between two different models on the egg... this was my first pick, but one review says it runs in dx10... I'm wondering if that's a one time anomaly or if it's a bios prob with that 5850... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this is my second choice... My only reason for not getting this is that it doesn't look as good in my case, and that one review says newegg doesn't refund if there's a prob... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... what're your thoughts/ideas?

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August 3, 2010 6:14:23 PM

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August 3, 2010 6:26:02 PM

why not get a second 5770 and crossfire?
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August 3, 2010 6:27:58 PM

'cause I don't have the psu for it, and I'd like to xfire 5850's later.
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August 3, 2010 6:29:01 PM

The HD5850 is a DX11 card, the reviewer may have had some problems; Perhaps he runs Vista and has not updated his DX files.
Either looks good to me but if you live in the USA the XFX card has a better warranty and gets my vote.
In either case, the reviews state the same thing about cooling and size: These are big cards, so make sure your case can accommodate one, and the coolers dump heat into it, so the case will need good ventilation for them to work effectively.
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August 3, 2010 6:37:00 PM

I say get the XFX model if you live in the states, if not the HIS will do just fine.
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August 3, 2010 6:40:36 PM

Okay, thanks... everything on my mobo is black and blue, so I'm going to get the HIS one... Thanks :) 
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August 3, 2010 7:00:17 PM

Unfortunately, that doesn't have the right ports on the back... I need 2 dvi and one PDP
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August 3, 2010 7:35:04 PM

Martin 71 said:
actually, the vapor-x edition just restocked :)  should I get this instead of the HIS one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


if you are going to get the vapor-x you might as well get the DirectCU which has voltage control and a better warranty.
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August 3, 2010 11:48:45 PM

it's out of stock and it doesn't have the 2 dvi's that I need.
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August 4, 2010 12:22:55 AM

okay, you fixed that problem... but what does the Asus 5850 DirectCU have that's so special? (it does look pretty sweet ) Does directcu mean that you can change the voltage to get a better overclock? And also, I see that you have one... would you recommend it to other people? And have you played Crysis maxed on it? Thanks for the help :) 
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August 4, 2010 12:25:52 AM

finally, can I get a full card shroud so more air gets out of the case instead of in it?
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August 4, 2010 12:34:41 AM

Martin 71 said:
okay, you fixed that problem... but what does the Asus 5850 DirectCU have that's so special? (it does look pretty sweet ) Does directcu mean that you can change the voltage to get a better overclock? And also, I see that you have one... would you recommend it to other people? And have you played Crysis maxed on it? Thanks for the help :) 

The card is indeed one of the few custom HD5850s that allow you to raise the voltage for the best OC. It can usually get up to a 40% increase. The other main feature is the cooler which is both very effective and quiet.
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August 4, 2010 1:11:59 AM

Martin 71 said:
finally, can I get a full card shroud so more air gets out of the case instead of in it?


im trying to get your the best 5850 out at the moment, it has voltage control + OC on-the-fly button, superb heatsink = low temps at high clocks/voltage, 3 year warranty, etc.. The card does indeed release the warm air into the case, same as the XFX model, as long as you have good airflow it won't be an issue.

its 320.00$ shipped

or you can save 30.00$ and get the HIS which is going to be limited when it comes to the overclocking threshold. If you are looking for a lifetime warranty option then the XFX is what you want. Now you decide what suits your needs ;) 



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August 4, 2010 1:27:34 AM

well, I am getting a 140mm for the front of my case, and I'm putting an industrial blower in the side of it as well... so I guess Airflow wise I'll be okay :)  thanks for all the help, and I plan to get this until the 6xxx series comes out... right now, my 5770 is enough to play BFBC2 maxed, at about 40fps, and all my other games exceptionally well... Crysis just pisses me off though, so this oughta run that at 1024x768 right? and plus, I'd like to hold on to this until the 6xxx series drops a lot in price... Finally, and most importantly, those heatpipes always look sexy on any computer part... so I'm getting the Asus DirectCU one... if you're sure it comes with an hdmi to dvi then I'm getting it as soon as I sell off my 5770. Thanks mate :) 
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August 4, 2010 1:39:59 AM

Martin 71 said:
well, I am getting a 140mm for the front of my case, and I'm putting an industrial blower in the side of it as well... so I guess Airflow wise I'll be okay :)  thanks for all the help, and I plan to get this until the 6xxx series comes out... right now, my 5770 is enough to play BFBC2 maxed, at about 40fps, and all my other games exceptionally well... Crysis just pisses me off though, so this oughta run that at 1024x768 right? and plus, I'd like to hold on to this until the 6xxx series drops a lot in price... Finally, and most importantly, those heatpipes always look sexy on any computer part... so I'm getting the Asus DirectCU one... if you're sure it comes with an hdmi to dvi then I'm getting it as soon as I sell off my 5770. Thanks mate :) 


What your monitors native resolution?
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August 4, 2010 1:46:38 AM

1024x768 :) 
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August 4, 2010 9:20:35 AM

lol
You are spending $300+ on a video card to use on a old tiny monitor? :p 
I guess the upgrade will help in Crysis and Metro 2033 but that is about it. That's a lot to spend to be able to max out 2 games. It's your money though I guess.
My recommendation would be to get a new monitor next. I can't overstate the difference a 23" 1080p monitor would make in terms of your overall gaming and general computing experience. If you upgrade the monitor you will shudder at the idea of going back to the old one. A good one can be had for under $200;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 4, 2010 12:43:18 PM

wow... that is pretty sweet :)  thanks for putting that out there... but won't that kill my performance in games? I wanted the 5850 to be overkill for it's purpose... Will it still be okay at that res?
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August 4, 2010 12:53:02 PM

It should do very well. When fully OCed that card is about on par with a GTX 480 at stock. So check out benchmarks for the 480 at 1920x1080 to see the approximate performance you should get with that card and that monitor.
Keep in mind what a huge difference the monitor will make. You current resolution, 1024x768 = 786,432 pixels while 1920x1080 = 2,073,600 pixels. That is close to a 3 fold increase in image definition.
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August 4, 2010 12:56:42 PM

wow... thats freaking insane you sold me right there :)  that's my next purchase after the 5850
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August 4, 2010 3:52:51 PM

Martin 71 said:
wow... thats freaking insane you sold me right there :)  that's my next purchase after the 5850


once you get that monitor its a whole new experience, sometimes even better than a GPU upgrade all together. I went from a 19" to a 22" and it was pretty sweet.


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August 19, 2010 6:37:09 PM

Best answer selected by Martin 71.
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August 19, 2010 6:37:57 PM

OvrClkr said:
im trying to get your the best 5850 out at the moment, it has voltage control + OC on-the-fly button, superb heatsink = low temps at high clocks/voltage, 3 year warranty, etc.. The card does indeed release the warm air into the case, same as the XFX model, as long as you have good airflow it won't be an issue.

its 320.00$ shipped

or you can save 30.00$ and get the HIS which is going to be limited when it comes to the overclocking threshold. If you are looking for a lifetime warranty option then the XFX is what you want. Now you decide what suits your needs ;) 

Hey man, I got the EAH5850 and it's looking good :)  thanks for all the help, and this sucker is FAST! thanks again :D 
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August 19, 2010 6:47:35 PM

im glad it worked out as planned =)
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November 7, 2010 6:51:39 AM

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