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Old May 4, 2010, 09:21 PM
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Question Which 5850 should I buy.

I'm looking at a normal 5850 (any recommended manufacturer) or a Sapphire Radeon 5850 with VaporX technology. Is it worth the extra money. I will not probably overclock.
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You should be fine with any of them really. Only need better cooling if you're overclocking.

Vapor-X may offer some noise reduction too, same goes for other cards with custom cooling. If that matters to you that is.
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Default XFX HD 5850 - $306.91

The stock HD 5850 runs cool and quiet so if you're not overclocking you might not put too much weight on the premium cards with enhanced cooling.
Best price and warranty may be more of a concern.
XFX is noted for their double life warranty, but rarely are they the lowest price.
XFX HD 5850 the lowest price I see - $306.91 at onhop is a pretty good price - model HD585AZNFC.
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I bought a powercolour, which is probably the cheapest card vendor available. Everything functions as you would expect, had it for over half a year now and not a single problem to report. Like everyone says, it really doesn't matter, only variation is in the coolers (which is irrelevant unless ur looking to overclock) and sometimes core and memory speeds (but you can manually overclock the card urself)
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a good idea is to get a stock/ish one wich expels hot air outside the case. even if it doesnt produce monstruous levels like the gtx 400 series, it stil lads up inside thine case :)
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I like XFX and really appreciate the lifetime warranty.
I have the XFX HD5870 reference design and really happy with it.
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Thank you all guys. I'll take that into consideration.
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Personally I'm a fan of the VaporX line as it provides some very nice cooling and allows you to overclock further if you decide too. The Toxic line is also great as them come pre-overclocked and with the VaporX technology. Either way you can't go wrong and it'll really depend on how much extra you're willing to spend over a reference card.
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One comment and one question. I think some Sapphire HD 5850 cards are going for $300. But, I notice a lot of various different model names with the last part of the number code changing. Not sure what differentiates them but some are out of stock, others are available.

Now, my question: what's the min. power supply you need? Is it wattage you need to look for or the amp rating on the 12 volt rail?

Specs on 5850 cards state min. power supply of 500 watts. My Corsair HX520 is 520 but the 12v rail is a combined 40A. Does that mean it could take it but it is pushing things? I'm just curious. These cards are probably out of budget and I've been looking at HD 5770 cards, actually. :)
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XFX are the better ones IMHO.

Never had any good luck with Sapphire.
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