Hello guys my XFX HD5850 has just died and im using my 2 year warranty to get it replaced, ive been told since this shop doesn't sell the 5850 anymore i can get the 6850 instead or my money back. thing is i paid 300 euros for the 5850 and i ask my self is the 6850 worth 300 euros? or should i get the money back and buy another card?
The 5850 performs better than the 6850. The true successor of the 5850 is probably the 6950. AMD did a little restructuring of their product line, so the top-of-the-line is x9xx, not x8xx. The 6850 is probably worth 200 USD (~140EUR).
I think they're trying to rip you off on warranty.
yeah pretty much overall the 6950 is the strongest out of any of the cards mentioned, now if your talking about a 2 gig reference model (6950) then that likely has the highest potential if you are able to unlock it to a 6970 and oc a bit that will be blazing fast and start to flirt with the gtx 580 level of performance at 1080p
Okay, in that case, take the deal. A 6950 for a 5850 is a good deal.
The 6950 is better than the 5870 in a number of ways. The 5870 was a power guzzler, and reviews pointed to the 5850 as the better of the bunch. Also, the new architecture is better suited for current games, and you can only expect improvements through subsequent driver upgrades.
You'll most likely get a 2GB model, so that'll probably be useful at very high resolutions with AA. Additionally, you can try performing an unlock which makes the 6950 run a bit more like the 6970, although personally I'll save that for when the card runs out of warranty (if ever).
It's a good deal. The new card should have warranty too, right?
Thanks alot for your comments guys its helped alot. Looks like il be taking my dead card to get replaced asap! i play all my games at max res/settings (2048x1152), so the 2gb 6950 is sure to be working nice!
fair enough jjb... another quick question, ive checked online and see the same card for alot cheaper.. i mean is 300 euro (£260) alot for this card? i google it and find it from as cheap as £170. ebuyer is a site i trust i mean look..