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November 18, 2010 11:53:30 PM

I already have an HIS 5850, non reference, and it overclocks pretty damn good on stock voltage, 910/1200

my problem is that newegg and basically everywhere else stopped carrying the card, and so now im looking to upgrade but im stuck, my question is whether or not i should get a 5850 which is over voltage able, or should i get a 5870

both have pros and cons i understand, but is spending more on the 70 better than overvolting the 50? i know the 70 has more processing cores and it seems like a good option but is it worth the extra 40

p.s. Ive seen many accounts that the HIS has the highest overclockable 5850 on a non reference card

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November 19, 2010 12:14:04 AM

Dude, if you already have a 5850 (A great card) just get another and put em in CR. Your system will easily tackle every game. :D 
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November 19, 2010 12:30:07 AM

okay, im not disputing that, but i want max performance out of both, if i have a card thats good at 910/1200 then why would i get another of a different brand that can only manage 850/1200? thats what the post was targeting

if i got another 5850 it would have to be one that supports overvoltage, so that it can reach the clock of the other, which is why i was asking whether to get the 70 or a reference 50
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November 19, 2010 12:33:19 AM

^Just get another one and crossfire. Unless of course, your board does not allow it.

EDIT: If you use MSI Afterburner, it does not matter what brand card you use, I have a XFX 5870 and I can overvolt upto 1.35V.
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November 19, 2010 12:38:22 AM

Okay to clarify for everyone reading this, my HIS 5850 has the highest overclock possible at stock voltage, no other card can reach it, they dont sell my card anymore

this is why i would have to get a reference card, or buy a 70 so that i can match those clocks

EDIT: My card cannot overvolt
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November 19, 2010 1:03:32 AM

so which one should i go with
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November 19, 2010 1:17:33 AM

i'd go with 5850
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November 19, 2010 1:22:03 AM

dkant1n said:
i'd go with 5850


could you elaborate?
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November 19, 2010 2:02:40 AM

Just do not OC your first card and buy a second 5850, it will be better. >.>

Found a HIS radeon 5850 on tigerdirect that comes with cod mw2 for $385

Found a HIS radeon 5850 on bing shopping only $279
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November 19, 2010 2:21:24 AM

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