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Old May 26, 2010, 12:26 AM
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So i've got a question.

Currently I am running a XFX 4870 1 GB, and was wondering if it's even worth to crossfire instead of upgrading to the 5850 atm.

Are the performance gains for having 2x 4870 1GB, marginal, or worth it if the card can be had for cheap? This is considering i don't have $$$ for the 5850 and it's hard to come by.

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Since I have a 4870x2 and it destroys games at 2048x1152, often maxed, I'd say a second 4870 would be worth it if it's cheap. If your card is a 512mb version, then it may be a different story. 1GB of RAM for each GPU surely helps.
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it depends. if money doesnt hurt the wallet, and you dont care about power figures and thermals
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I'd say that you'd be better of with the 5850, less power consumption, 100% compatability (crossfire still struggles with the ocassional title) and there isn't a maxed out game it cant play with >30 frames. I guess what it ultimately comes down to is whether you're into Direct X 11 games. From what ive seen i can say that they look awesome and you would probably want to have a compatible card for when they come out in force :)
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so, i'm trying to justify the purchase....will it be THAT big of an increase in performance if I go from 4870 1gb -> 5850? (possibly thinking of Sapphire Toxic 2gb)
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yes. get the regular reference design unless you find something cheaper. oc it.
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Old May 30, 2010, 06:33 PM
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what about this card?

NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 5850 HD585XZAFC 725MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.0GHZ 2XDVI HDMI Dp DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card - HD-585X-ZAFC In Canada.

I notice that it's significantly cheaper, and isn't OC'd like some of the other ones. however, some people on the forums are saying you can't OC this one? is there truth to this?
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well id try to get it under 300, i think bewawa had it for...279? the sapphire one if im not mistaken. xfx and their support make up for the difference in price, tough!
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yeah I was thinking of ordering the sapphire 1gb vapor-x from bewawa for $353....but i figured this is local and i'd get it right now...but my main concern is will this thing OC to any extent?
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I'd go for the 5850. Don't forget that it matches the performance of a GTX285 in most occasions. The 4870 X2 card is pretty much equivalent to a single HD5870 is most cases, just to give you an idea. BUT an crossfire of 4870 would be noisier and draw more watts (maybe higher temps also) than a single card obviously...
The HD5850 is supporting DX11 also, a nice feature for the future lolz

Sell your actual card and put that money towards the new card.

The XFX you're pointing at sells with Aliens Vs Predator for $319..not bad.
I wouldn't go for any fancy overclocked models...the price point isn't that good, and the whole "2 gigs of RAM" is proven to be useless in 99% of the cases...don't put money on that.
OEMEXPRESS.COM advertises a Saphirre HD5850 for $299 and a HD5870 for $399..

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They are in Montreal/Edmonton/Ottawa....
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