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Old 10th Jun 2011, 07:51   #1
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Sapphire HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB Review

Last generation AMD GPUs ride again, with this cut-price, custom-cooled HD 5850 1GB.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/gra...e-1gb-review/1
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Old 10th Jun 2011, 08:19   #2
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Nice review but the score at the end seemed a bit low. Why mark it down so much for speed when this card outperforms all other cards at it's price and greater? Surely speed is relative to the price point of the card?
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Old 10th Jun 2011, 08:31   #3
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Nice review but the score at the end seemed a bit low. Why mark it down so much for speed when this card outperforms all other cards at it's price and greater? Surely speed is relative to the price point of the card?
But then what's the point of the value score. I'm not a big fan of this new system
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Old 10th Jun 2011, 08:43   #4
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FINALLY!

Thank god. Such a good card for the money!
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Old 10th Jun 2011, 09:08   #5
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Wow this certainly came out of no where, pretty impressive card.
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Old 10th Jun 2011, 09:23   #6
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i bet 100% of people buying this are going to be using it for bitcoin mining
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tried to read this on my 2.2 desire but was impossible as the page kept refreshing - anyone?
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Wahoo!

I've been trying to find a second 5850 at a reasonable price and this one fits the bill. Roll on payday for Crossfire goodness
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tried to read this on my 2.2 desire but was impossible as the page kept refreshing - anyone?
Absolutely fine on my Galaxy S with the Bit-Tech Android app 1.3.
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Nice review but the score at the end seemed a bit low. Why mark it down so much for speed when this card outperforms all other cards at it's price and greater? Surely speed is relative to the price point of the card?
This USED to be the case, but we now rank all cards on the same speed scale. A GTX 590, for example, will be 39, a stock 580 34, and so on.
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What!!!....get with it BT, why has it taken so long for you to review a product that other sites were testing weeks ago?.

I love this site and respect your reviews just about more than any other, but sometimes your not exactly, well,..current are you.
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Most sites are sold out of this...but overclockers JUST THIS MINUTE lowered their prices from £124.99 to £99.98! ( i saw the change going through google shopping, if you look still on google shopping its still at £124.99- as google updates prices overnight!)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...source=froogle

Just placed my order! =D
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i bet 100% of people buying this are going to be using it for bitcoin mining
I wish this wasn't true... sadly, it probably is. On the upside, it's heading towards a crash.
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Most sites are sold out of this...but overclockers JUST THIS MINUTE lowered their prices from £124.99 to £99.98! ( i saw the change going through google shopping, if you look still on google shopping its still at £124.99- as google updates prices overnight!)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...source=froogle

Just placed my order! =D
Nice find , it's just a shame that it's from Overclockers ::spit::
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I'd never even heared of Bitcoin-mining before...
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Nice find , it's just a shame that it's from Overclockers ::spit::
Yeah this was my only bad feeling, but as they are holding stock...and the price so good. Can't grumble too much!

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I'd never even heared of Bitcoin-mining before...
Me either, but my interests have perked.
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Here's an Ars Technica article on Bitcoin which goes into mining.

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In a process known as mining, individual Bitcoin users attempt to generate new coins by checking the integrity of the transactions list. They confirm the previous transactions and attempt to solve a difficult proof-of-work problem which involves exhaustively trying different solutions. There are a very large number of such potential solutions, so the likelihood of finding the solution depends how many other people are looking for it and how much computing power you devote to the problem. The first client to find the solution announces its good fortune to the whole network and earns a little reward for itself in the form of some shiny new Bitcoins.

By finding the newest solution to the proof-of-work problem, a Bitcoin client confirms the history of previous transactions and moved the transaction register forward, allowing new debits and credits to form part of the next block that can be mined to earn more coins. Future coins can't be mined in advance, because the computation to find the new block (and hence create new Bitcoins) relies on the the chain of previous blocks and the history of transactions since the most recent block.
My limited grasp of the issue means I don't understand that fully but hopefully it'll help someone.
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My limited grasp of the issue means I don't understand that fully but hopefully it'll help someone.
I am struggling to see what this has to do with a HD5850 from Sapphire?
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