ATI has hit a home run with the HD 5800 series as the cards are the fastest single chip solutions on the market for most applications and the full compliance with DirectX 11 allows you to have a sense of future-proofing more than any other card on the market today. You have two choices with the HD 5800 series, the HD 5870 and the HD 5850 both separated by nearly $100. At this moment the cards available are all reference cards with the same core and memory clocks, meaning that the Sapphire card is a good choice for those wanting a no-nonsense ATI card. At $279, the HD 5850 is an excellent buy doubling the performance from the HD 4870 which is no mean feat.
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