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5850 2GB vs GTX 480?

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June 26, 2011 11:04:15 PM

Hello, which of these set ups would be better for gaming?
Saphire 5850 Toxic 2gb Crossfire.
GTX 480.

Other cards I am considering are 6950 2GB, or 5870 1GB crossfire.
I will be gaming at 1080p, want to be future proof and play games such as Crysis with loads of texture mods.

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June 26, 2011 11:14:27 PM

Are you getting the 5850's for a good price ?
5870 1GB Cross fire is the best you listed by a large amount
June 26, 2011 11:15:55 PM

They are slightly cheaper than the 5870s, my biggest worry with the 5870s is the 1gb of vram.
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June 26, 2011 11:34:43 PM

romanrp said:
They are slightly cheaper than the 5870s, my biggest worry with the 5870s is the 1gb of vram.

At the resolution you are playing 1gb per card of VRAM is perfectly adequate - the 5870 crossifre will keep you playing for years.
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June 26, 2011 11:35:23 PM

There is alot more to what makes a card more powerful than just ram alone
June 26, 2011 11:42:30 PM

5870 CF is only a bit better than 5850 CF imo, and the 1gb vs 2GB ram might make a difference.
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June 26, 2011 11:46:58 PM

the ram wont if you are playing at 1920x1200 resolution and only one monitor, esp if you have a crossfire configuration. You were asking which is the best setup you listed for gaming.... so the 5870 is what was replied based on your question. If you would like to streamline that opinion, go do some research ; the 5870 is still better than the 5850, although not by a huge margin - is still better.
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June 27, 2011 12:17:02 AM

romanrp said:
5870 CF is only a bit better than 5850 CF imo, and the 1gb vs 2GB ram might make a difference.

How much cheaper are the 5850's ? Be specific please.
June 27, 2011 12:18:50 AM

spentshells said:
How much cheaper are the 5850's ? Be specific please.


About £10 per card, so price isnt the deciding factor.
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June 27, 2011 12:35:52 AM

Depends if you want to save that money... either way all of the options will give good results

1-5870x2
2-5850x2
3-480=6970 (this is opinion) from what I have seen I would put the 480 ahead
June 27, 2011 12:39:48 AM

I am still deciding whether issues with scaling and microstutter will be worth the raw performance increase over the 480.

What would be the optimal decision?
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June 27, 2011 8:55:50 AM

The GTX570 is but $20 more (currently $320) than the GTX480...; the 6950 is also a great choice at $240-ish
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June 27, 2011 9:14:23 AM

2385675,11,831626 said:
I am still deciding whether issues with scaling and microstutter will be worth the raw performance increase over the 480.

What would be the optimal decision?[/
If your are going with a single card, i would look into the 570 if the price is right. It performs right with the 480 but is more power efficient and runs cooler.
June 27, 2011 10:51:37 AM

The 570 is a good bit more expensive, and not worth it imo.
I am in the UK btw and the prices for the new cards are crazy here lol.
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June 27, 2011 2:45:56 PM

romanrp said:
Hello, which of these set ups would be better for gaming?
Saphire 5850 Toxic 2gb Crossfire.
GTX 480.

Other cards I am considering are 6950 2GB, or 5870 1GB crossfire.
I will be gaming at 1080p, want to be future proof and play games such as Crysis with loads of texture mods.


couple of things to think about. first, i had to upgrade from a 1gig 5850 because there wasn't enough vram to run my games without various problems. even a slightly older MSI GTX260 Lightning played everything better because of the extra ram. if i had the 2gig model ( 5850 ) i wouldn't have needed to upgrade ( down grade ) so soon.......... however, it's a moot point because the newer games, BBC2 for example, and probably Crysis2 with the new DX11 patch will need a better card with different architecture to handle tessellation better. this is where your other choice comes in. the 6950 2gig card. best "midrange" card i ever owned. plays everything totally maxed out at 1920x1200 without any kind of problem. want something for "future" proofing ( no such thing ), that or better would be the choice to make IMO. cross firing those older cards look good on paper but do have their limitations.
June 27, 2011 3:30:08 PM

for the price, i would go for the 480.
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