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I'm trying to figure out which card for ~$200 is my best value. I have two choices right now but feel free to add more.

MSI Radeon HD 6870


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XFX HD 6950 800M 1 GB
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/331?vs=290

Sorry for my stupidity, well the benches say the 6950.
Edited by IcyPimpHand - 5/9/11 at 1:00pm
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Originally Posted by IcyPimpHand View Post
Obs. the 6950. Unlock to a 6970, and you'll be set.
I didn't think that the 1 GB models can unlock at all?
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I didn't think that the 1 GB models can unlock at all?
They can't. That why this is a tough decision, better cooling or more power.
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If it were me, I'd do 6950 simply due to the reference cooler and power. I like having it vent out the back of the case, but then again, I don't have great airflow on the lower half.

Also, you could just get a 6950, and then get an aftermarket cooler later when it needs to be overclocked. XFX's warranty is very friendly to overclocking and heatsink/thermal paste modification, I hear.
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Are you willing to go used at all? I know your budget is set at $200, but is there any chance you can stretch it a bit further? Maybe save up another $30-50? The 2GB 6950 is well worth that premium.
 
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Are you willing to go used at all? I know your budget is set at $200, but is there any chance you can stretch it a bit further? Maybe save up another $30-50? The 2GB 6950 is well worth that premium.
If I do, I want a MSI Twin Frozor III design. I love the cooling power it has.
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I wish I could monitor VRAM usage on my card. I was surprised when I saw they went to 2GB already... Are we even using 1GB as it is?
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I would try to go for a GTX 560 Ti or the Radeon 6950. I too was looking for a video card in the $200 range and went with the MSI Twin Frozr 560 Ti. If you keep checking Newegg open box, pretty decent deals to pop up every once in a while.
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I wish I could monitor VRAM usage on my card. I was surprised when I saw they went to 2GB already... Are we even using 1GB as it is?
The only reason more than 1GB of VRAM would be utilized would be gaming at extremem resolutions. For the vast majority of gamers who are not running dual monitors, 1GB is wholly sufficient. By the time the textures and resolutions get high enough to utilize more than 1GB enough to make a difference, we'll be a couple of generations of cards into the future.
Edited by DeltaUpsilon - 5/10/11 at 6:30am
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