Originally Posted by Chuckclc
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.Edited by B!0HaZard - 4/29/11 at 5:48am