You make good points for the 4770, however. Yet, the 4850 comes in 1GB versions while the 4770 is only 512mb, I think.
Originally posted by Hans
But, that forces me to wait more when certain/various distros 'update' until ATI/AMD catch up with that series of card. With my Nvidia card, I don't have to. With an 'older gen' of card (HD 4xxx) of ATI card, I don't have to. Even the newer Fermi, I might not have to? But, I prefer Evergreen cards over those, definitely.
With the Evergreen 5770 about $40 more than the 4850 and $70 more than the 4770, it's a bit hard to justify. But for a cooler running newer card, it is way easier to pay the extra cost. I prefer XFX since I'd get the lifetime warranty so it might have a bit more value - and maybe easier to upgrade.
Thanks for the info and 'hands on' experience you guys have with your cards! Although, I hate to admit I dual boot with Windows, at least I could go to that if the Evergreen card 'struggles' in certain Linux operating systems. That's a last resort, though, that I'd rather not have to consider.