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ATI: HD5970 vs HD 5870 vs HD 5850 (2x)

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October 4, 2010 7:50:46 PM

Hey All,

I am having difficulty deciding which card to buy for a new build. I don't anticipate overclocking. Here are the cards I am looking at (always open to suggestions):



1) SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2) SAPPHIRE 100290SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3) SAPPHIRE TOXIC 100282TXSR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4) HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd crossfire the 2 5850 cards.

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October 4, 2010 7:59:52 PM

The 2 5850's deffinatley. My friend has a 5850 and the thing rapes dude...two, would be great, but the 5970 would come pretty close but the 5870 doesn't have much of a performance increase...compared to a 5850. If it were me i would go with the two 5850's but considering price its up to you. But depending on what the rest of your specs look like, you may barely notice a performance increase with any of these if your cpu bottlenecks it.
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October 4, 2010 8:03:05 PM

thanks for the reply. I'm looking at the i7-950 for the cpu.
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