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  1. From what I've read, don't have real citations.. I don't think it matters what 'generation' it is, only the 5800 version. The 5850 will even crossfire with the 5870.

    The ATI Radeon 5850 new can be picked up for about $120 nowadays. Clock speeds seem to be almost identical. Save yourself $80.
  2. You should be able to throw any 5850's together and crossfire them without any compatibility issues. As rndmavis said, recommend finding the best deal on a second card that you can, especially for a previous gen card with another, newer gen set of cards right around the corner. I run 5850s in cf, enjoy them, but plan to upgrade to 7xxx series cf when they arrive (or perhaps I'll do some 6xx series SLI). Cheers.
  3. Where are you finding these for $120 new? The major resellers don't sell them anymore and I've only been able to find them for $200+ used.

    Thanks!


    rndmavis said:
    From what I've read, don't have real citations.. I don't think it matters what 'generation' it is, only the 5800 version. The 5850 will even crossfire with the 5870.

    The ATI Radeon 5850 new can be picked up for about $120 nowadays. Clock speeds seem to be almost identical. Save yourself $80.
  4. I think he meant used- hard to find new ones. I will say that xfx double lifetime warranty is pretty attractive if you're looking at purchasing a used card (just make sure you're the second owner and will be able to take advantage).
  5. i might get one of the OEM versions on ebay, what do you think? they are like $200
  6. Honestly at $200 it's not worth it. You can get a 6950 1GB for $210-220 (after rebates). Crossfiring your 5850 is only the right move if you find a good deal on one (i.e. similarly priced to a 6870, which can be had for around $140 after rebates).
  7. beltzy said:
    Honestly at $200 it's not worth it. You can get a 6950 1GB for $210-220 (after rebates). Crossfiring your 5850 is only the right move if you find a good deal on one (i.e. similarly priced to a 6870, which can be had for around $140 after rebates).


    i could also wait to January and get one of the 7000 series
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    Absolutely. I think most of us are excited to see what the 7950 and 7970 bring, even those who plan to wait for 6xx from NVidia (these AMD cards should provide a little insight into what performance can be expected from cards using 28nm). Depending on how the pricing shakes out, I'll probably invest in a crossfire setup of one card or the other in Jan.

    So- to come back to your predicament, a second inexpensive 5850 would be ok. Just don't invest too much in the 5xxx series at this point. Cheers!
  9. beltzy said:
    Absolutely. I think most of us are excited to see what the 7950 and 7970 bring, even those who plan to wait for 6xx from NVidia (these AMD cards should provide a little insight into what performance can be expected from cards using 28nm). Depending on how the pricing shakes out, I'll probably invest in a crossfire setup of one card or the other in Jan.

    So- to come back to your predicament, a second inexpensive 5850 would be ok. Just don't invest too much in the 5xxx series at this point. Cheers!


    thx for help bro, really appreciated
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