Will better 5850's be released?

kaywalker

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The 5850 is unavailable now and It probably will be for a couple of weeks. What I'm wondering is will they release newer versions of the 5850 with better cooling and higher clockspeeds $20 or $30 cheaper in the near future? What has history shown?
 

kaywalker

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Is it likely those designs would be released in november or december?
 

jsh1284

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I would imagine new non-reference designs will start to pop up sometime mid-november or so. Don't hold me to that, but it usually takes about 1-2 months to really get creative new designs out there and the reference designs to kinda fade away.
 

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So I couldn't wait and bought the reference HIS HD-5870 but would like to add cross-fire effentually. If a new design comes out, unless it's a water block it will still be compatible with my card for X-Fire right?
 

kaywalker

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guys, more input please.

How much better will the non reference cards be? are they usually more expensive or the same price as the reference cards?

I just started researching pc hardware for a couple of weeks now I have been completely out of the loop on the past couple of generations so I don't know how it's been in the past.