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Old 03-31-2012, 09:08 AM   #1
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Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5

I have a HD5770 right now and I'm looking forward to change it. I was thinking about the Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2Gb Gddr5. This are my specs:

-Inter Core 2 Quad @2,4Ghz
-8Gb RAM DDR 3
-Windows 7 64bit
-MOBO: Gigabyte EG41MFT-US2H
-550W power suply

What do you think? It is 200€ on my usual online store. Any other idea?

Thank you very much
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:46 AM   #2
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It will be a nice step up since:
5770/6770->6790->6850->6870->6950

You would be effectively moving up a few card performance levels, the HD7850 sometimes beats both the 6950 & 6970, straddles between them at times, even loses to both of them occassionally.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:01 AM   #3
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Radeon 5770 vs Radeon 7850

I think it would be a fabulous upgrade. Maybe wait a little because when the new Nvidia cards come out the 7850 might go down in price. After the GPU upgrade you might want to upgrade the CPU to an Ivy Bridge when it comes out. But then you would need a new mobo... Maybe if you upgrade the CPU get the best that fits in your socket.

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Old 03-31-2012, 10:02 AM   #4
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It will be a nice step up since:
5770/6770->6790->6850->6870->6950

You would be effectively moving up a few card performance levels, the HD7850 sometimes beats both the 6950 & 6970, straddles between them at times, even loses to both of them occassionally.
So am I making a good choice? I'm about to order it!! haha

Also is it compatible with my MOBO?

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Old 03-31-2012, 10:18 AM   #5
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Also is it compatible with my MOBO?
As long as you have a PCIe x16 slot, why should it not?
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:22 AM   #6
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I dont know too much about computer, but I do know I have the same mobo and it works for me.

http://www.amazon.com/HD7850-DC2-2GD5-DisplayPort-Utilities-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B007JLFV7U

Not only does it work, but I run games on high settings without any sort of problems whatsoever!
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:33 AM   #7
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Radeon 5770 vs Radeon 7850

I think it would be a fabulous upgrade. Maybe wait a little because when the new Nvidia cards come out the 7850 might go down in price. After the GPU upgrade you might want to upgrade the CPU to an Ivy Bridge when it comes out. But then you would need a new mobo... Maybe if you upgrade the CPU get the best that fits in your socket.
please stop linking to that site because it does not always give an accurate picture of how cards compare in the real world. try to link to real reviews of the actual cards.

OP, the 7850 would be a huge upgrade but you are going to need to oc your cpu if want to come close to getting the most out of a 7850. you need to list what resolution you want to play at too. its also helpful if you list the exact model psu that you have instead of just saying 550 watt.

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Old 03-31-2012, 12:10 PM   #8
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please stop linking to that site because it does not always give an accurate picture of how cards compare in the real world. try to link to real reviews of the actual cards.
I link to the site when someone is wondering if they should upgrade the graphics card or not. It does give accurate statistics, its the user's job to come to their own conclusions. Any ways its not good to rely on one website for a review/benchmark, so its no real harm.

Also sometimes they will have game benchmarks from Tom's Hardware, which is a real world comparison

I use it because you easily look over the specs without someone blabbing for 5 paragraphs.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:14 PM   #9
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I link to the site when someone is wondering if they should upgrade the graphics card or not. It does give accurate statistics, its the user's job to come to their own conclusions. Any ways its not good to rely on one website for a review/benchmark, so its no real harm.

Also sometimes they will have game benchmarks from Tom's Hardware, which is a real world comparison

I use it because you easily look over the specs without someone blabbing for 5 paragraphs.
again though it does not always give an accurate picture of real world performance. for example you could compare a 5970 to a gtx680 and on that site and it would appear the 5970 would blow away the gtx680 based on specs. of course in reality the gtx680 is certainly the faster card. you are linking people that are not very hardware savvy to that site so its not a good idea.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:16 PM   #10
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please stop linking to that site because it does not always give an accurate picture of how cards compare in the real world. try to link to real reviews of the actual cards.

OP, the 7850 would be a huge upgrade but you are going to need to oc your cpu if want to come close to getting the most out of a 7850. you need to list what resolution you want to play at too. its also helpful if you list the exact model psu that you have instead of just saying 550 watt.
I would play at 1680x1050. The model of the psu is a Cooler Master GX 550W
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:20 PM   #11
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I would play at 1680x1050. The model of the psu is a Cooler Master GX 550W
a 7850 would tear through most games at 1680x1050. there would only be a handful of games that you could not run at the highest settings. again though you will certainly need to oc that cpu by a little if you really want to get the full usage out of a 7850. with your cpu at stock there will be some games where you do not even come close to the full potential of that card.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:24 PM   #12
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a 7850 would tear through most games at 1680x1050. there would only be a handful of games that you could not run at the highest settings. again though you will certainly need to oc that cpu by a little if you really want to get the full usage out of a 7850. with your cpu at stock there will be some games where you do not even come close to the full potential of that card.
Ok thanks! The thing is that i have no idea about oc... any advice??
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:31 PM   #13
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Ok thanks! The thing is that i have no idea about oc... any advice??
well you will need an aftermarket cooler for sure and there are plenty of good ones for under 30 bucks. next you can just google how to oc a core 2 quad and find plenty of guides. I would not try to push the cpu really hard but just getting it to 3.0 would be a massive help while using a 7850. going to 3.0 should be pretty easy too.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:35 PM   #14
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well you will need an aftermarket cooler for sure and there are plenty of good ones for under 30 bucks. next you can just google how to oc a core 2 quad and find plenty of guides. I would not try to push the cpu really hard but just getting it to 3.0 would be a massive help while using a 7850. going to 3.0 should be pretty easy too.
Great! Any cooler suggestion?
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:08 PM   #15
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I am in the same boat (considering 7850 from my 5770). I am going to get a crossfire motherboard and add a second 7850 next year. The 7850's in crossfire are insane. Especially for the low watt usage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BeKb9M5zV0
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