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Upgrade from HD 5850 to gtx 560 reasonable?

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February 8, 2011 8:26:27 AM

Hi guys, i am thinking of upgrading my hd 5850 to something better.
I am gaming at 1920x1080, rest of my gear:
i5 750 @ 3,5Ghz
8Gb Viper Patriot 1600Mhz
1Tb hdd
650W Chieftech
Powercolor HD5850

etc...
I am constantly looking at benchmarks but i am having problems finding a good reason to upgrade for only few FPS...
I got my eye on new GTX 560 or something better that will give me a real boost in fps.
Can you advise me in what is a good upgrade from my hd5850, but i really wana see some improvements in fps, coz sometimes i see fps droping on my hd5850.

Thx in advance guys!
February 8, 2011 8:29:55 AM

That is barely an upgrade at all.

You would have to get a 570 at least, and even that isn't much an upgrade.

What are you trying to do that a 5850 can't handle? Reduce AA if you have it on max or something, you don't need AA much at that resolution.
February 8, 2011 8:33:32 AM

I thought so, i mean getting 570 at least...
But o be honest i thought that Hd 5850 can handle aa better than this, i guess i am pushing aa way too much, it's usualy 4x.
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February 8, 2011 8:43:52 AM

The 5850 has never been a flagship product, though it has always been a great option from a performance to cost standpoint.

Do you have an open PCIe 8x slot on your motherboard? How about a second 5850? This is a less expensive option.

Ever since I added the second, I could turn the details up for everything I play at 1080p (BFBC2, MOH, NBA2k11, Fallout 3) and stay well well beyond 60fps (with the 3rd, it's not even funny). It doesn't even have to be the same brand. I ran with a Gigabyte 5850 OC edition and an HIS 5850 standard edition for 6 months and just added the third card (another Gigabyte) this past weekend.

February 8, 2011 8:48:06 AM

Hmm i was thinking about adding second hd5850, but was not sure, plus i would have to upgrade my psu for sure, i don't think my 650w psu would handle 2x of them?
But then it will cost me more then just buying 1x gtx 570 or amd/ati equivalent, baahhh to be honest i duno what is the best option...
I mean i am sure that i am overdoing with AA, is it justifiable to push 4AA on full HD res? or 2AA is more then enough?
February 8, 2011 8:56:09 AM

2AA is fine and its acceptability is subjective. I just don't buy into the marketing hype of the 560. It just came out and there are a couple reviews out there (who knows the motivation for the opinions expressed therein?) which aren't all that impressive though the wording makes the card sound pretty darn exciting. Just the same way I'd skip the 68xx series from AMD, I'd skip anything less than a GTX 580 from nvidia.

If you compare raw FPS numbers in your favorite games among many reviews (look for where the AA is turned on in the charts), you'll find the ATI products comparable or better in performance while saving you $10s-$100s depending on your range.

Is your power supply 80-plus rated?

Have you considered a 6970 or even a 5870?
February 8, 2011 9:03:58 AM

I think i agree with you on 560 marketing hype, coz on every benchmark it's really not worth it, i mean going from hd 5850 to gtx 560.

And no, unfortunately it's not 80-plus rated :( 

Maybe i should skip the whole gtx 570/HD6000 generation and wait for something new?
February 8, 2011 9:13:59 AM

hardwaretweak said:
But o be honest i thought that Hd 5850 can handle aa better than this


Honestly, I think you are just worrying about AA way to much. Its barely noticible at higher resolutions (as long as you have it on 2x). Also don't worry yourself about FPS as long as the game is playable either. I maxed out Mafia II with maxed Phsyx with my rig, I only got 30~ FPS in the benchmark and the benchmark gave my system a horrible rating and said something about it being unplayable at those settings... and you know what it ran perfectly, smoothly, I couldn't even tell.
February 8, 2011 9:23:25 AM

Both of u r right, i see that now, i mean i have some money to spare and that combined with the gtx 560/570/hd6000 hype got me tempted to buy new gpu....
I think i will w8 a bit more and lower my AA to 2aa, and just enjoy my games :) )

Thx a lot guys!!

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February 8, 2011 10:42:21 AM
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I know. It can be very tempting. There was so little time, though, between the release of nVidia's 400 and 500 series and between the release of AMDs 6800 and 6900 series that it's hard not to think things weren't rushed.

Both companies should really focus on the REAL next best thing and put more work into optimizing our drivers for now.

I will be skipping the 500s and 6000s myself.
February 8, 2011 12:39:02 PM

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