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Old June 27, 2010, 01:49 PM
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Default 2x HD5850 CROSSFIRE or ATI Radeon 5970 2GB GDDR5 Ram

What of these setups will have the highest preformance and a better future?

ATI Radeon 5970, 2GB GDDR5 Ram

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2x HD5850 in CROSSFIRE

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Old June 27, 2010, 01:56 PM
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if your mobo takes 2 pvi-e videocards, perhaps go that route. or one 5850 now and see if you need more power later? :)
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Old June 27, 2010, 02:29 PM
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A 5970 is faster. Same clock speed but more shaders. Of course, two 5870s in Crossfire would provide even more performance.
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Old June 27, 2010, 04:06 PM
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If you think you may go to crossfire in the not too distant future and can/are willing to spend the extra, 2 5870s are better than a 5970. That said, the one card takes up less space and uses less power, if I remember correctly. There is also less heat. I have the 5970 Black from XFX and love it. When you get up that high, a few frames/sec probably won't be noticeable. I don'r recall how the 5850 compares, but there are a few reviews that should list results comparing those various cards as singles and in crossfire. Good luck with your choice and enjoy!
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and if memory doesnt fail me the 5970 is a dual 5850 ahem.
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Old June 27, 2010, 05:24 PM
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and if memory doesnt fail me the 5970 is a dual 5850 ahem.
It is a dual 5870 w/ slightly lower clocks. Although the HD5970 can generally pass HD5870 clocks w/ ease.
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That said, the one card takes up less space and uses less power, if I remember correctly. There is also less heat.
Correct. The 5970 has less components than a pair of 5870s have, and the GPUs are also clocked lower so they consume less power as well.
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and if memory doesnt fail me the 5970 is a dual 5850 ahem.
The 5970 is a dual 5870 with the GPUs set to the same clock speed as the 5850.
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your better off with 1 card
i dont regret my 5970
i regret my 5870 cards
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Old June 28, 2010, 02:50 AM
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Thanks for all the good replies.
I am just checking the alternatives :)

Maybe in the future i could go 2x 5970 ;)
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your better off with 1 card
i dont regret my 5970
i regret my 5870 cards
Plz elaborate!
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