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good card, too bad NCIX loves to add a big premium with your cards. Granted the coolers are exceptional but sometimes the price difference is too large.
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Isn't 6870 supposed to overtake 5770 not 5870? If so that its pretty amazing that it sometimes performs better than 5870 in my opinion.
2 6870's do beat 2 5870's in more test then not, but 1 5870 always beats 1 6870. Even beats 6950 2gb in most test, but I would imagine as drivers mature the 6950 2gb will at least be on par or win in most test vs 5870.
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This is the first time I notice that the HD 6950 performs exactly like an HD 5870. My HD 5850 performs like a stock HD 5870, so I'm getting HD 6950 performance with an older card. This is surprising to me. The only thing the HD 6950 has over the HD 5870 is tesselation and CF scaling? Wow... I don't know what to say... I thought the HD 6950 was 20% faster than the HD 5870... Why was I jealous of HD 6950 owners again? Even an HD 6970 isn't worth it unless you use Eyefinity or a 27".
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This is the first time I notice that the HD 6950 performs exactly like an HD 5870. My HD 5850 performs like a stock HD 5870, so I'm getting HD 6950 performance with an older card. This is surprising to me. The only thing the HD 6950 has over the HD 5870 is tesselation and CF scaling? Wow... I don't know what to say... I thought the HD 6950 was 20% faster than the HD 5870... Why was I jealous of HD 6950 owners again? Even an HD 6970 isn't worth it unless you use Eyefinity or a 27".
No gaming benchmarks are going to show you an HD 6950 anywhere near 20% faster then a HD 5870. The 6950 has better tessellation and scales in crossfire much better. The big selling point on the HD 6950 would be the unlocking potential to make it a 6970. Also all video cards OC so saying your overclocked 5850 is like a 6950 would be far fetched. Also you dont have the SPU's that a HD 5870 or HD 6950 have so clock speed isnt the only difference. With all that said its probably not worth upgrading from a HD 5850 to HD 6950 though.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...roduction.html

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/H...HD_6950/8.html
Edited by Chuckclc - 4/29/11 at 5:40am
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No gaming benchmarks are going to show you an HD 6950 anywhere near 20% faster then a HD 5870. The 6950 has better tessellation and scales in crossfire much better. The big selling point on the HD 6950 would be the unlocking potential to make it a 6970. Also all video cards OC so saying your overclocked 5850 is like a 6950 would be far fetched. Also you dont have the SPU's that a HD 5870 or HD 6950 have so clock speed isnt the only difference. With all that said its probably not worth upgrading from a HD 5850 to HD 6950 though.
Well, I just thought it performed 20% better.
Anandtech shows that it only has a small lead and actually only equals the HD 5870 in certain games: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/294?vs=292

True that the HD 6950 can unlock and OC, but it's basically not much faster than an HD 5870 so it's still kinda slow for a new gen and unlocking is only an enthusiast thing. They're selling cards with very similar performance and the HD 69xx's are much more expensive. You can get HD 5850 CF for the price of an HD 6970 and get, what, 50% better performance? Of course only if you avoid 2560x1600 though.

EDIT: Okay, more like 40% better, but HD 58xx CF is still far better value.
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Well, Anandtech shows that it only has a small lead and actually only equals the HD 5870 in certain games: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/294?vs=292

True that the HD 6950 can unlock and OC, but it's basically not much faster than an HD 5870 so it's still kinda slow for a new gen and unlocking is only an enthusiast thing. They're selling cards with very similar performance and the HD 69xx's are much more expensive. You can get HD 5850 CF for the price of an HD 6970 and get, what, 50% better performance? Of course only if you avoid 2560x1600 though.
Im with you. Im gonna wait it out till the 7xxx series before upgrading. If I was choosing between the two cards for a new build or upgrading from a 4850 or something, then yeah, I would definitely get the HD 6950, but Im not. Plus the prices on HD 5870's and 5850's now. I would def do crossfire first.
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Im with you. Im gonna wait it out till the 7xxx series before upgrading. If I was choosing between the two cards for a new build or upgrading from a 4850 or something, then yeah, I would definitely get the HD 6950, but Im not.
Yeah, definitely, but only for CF scaling/tess.
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I love my MSI 6870. it runs so well and Overclocks like a beast. I will definitely be buying the 6870 Hawk for when bf3 comes out so that I can Crossfire mine.
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