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Hey guys. I currently have a 6850 in my system with an Athlon x3. I'm planning on upgrading the graphics card but am really lost on which one to choose. I aas considering the 6950 with a shader unlock. But then also cards like the GTX 570 seem pretty good aswell. What about the 6970? Is that a big step up from the 6950 or would the difference be minimal with the shader unlock?

Any recommendations are welcome. Thanks
Edited by Manooloo - 5/15/11 at 4:46am
post #2 of 17
You'll notice a big diffrence with the 570 If you want to stay with the ati would go with 6950 with shader unlock been reading some good reviews on ocn just be carefull with drivers and you will be fine
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Two cards I would choose if I was upgrading right now would be 6970 or 570. 6970 is basically 5870's replacement and 6950 is 5850's replacement.
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Do you think spending the extra bit of money on a 570 would be worth it considering the difference in the cards? I mainly play shooters and RPGs, and I would be lying if i said i didn't have one eye on Battlefield 3

Would I suffer from a bottleneck if I bought a 570?
post #5 of 17
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Two cards I would choose if I was upgrading right now would be 6970 or 570. 6970 is basically 5870's replacement and 6950 is 5850's replacement.
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I would get the GTX570/580 or a 6970 !!!
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Crossfire your 6850. You'll notice a HUGE leap in performance (My OCed CF 6850s come close to equaling a 580 according to benchmarks.

From the images I've seen of your MB you'll have an empty slot between them which is perfect for airflow.

You can get one off newegg for $137 after rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-576-_-Product

A 570 would be more than double the price and would bring you less performance:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/302?vs=306
Edited by Polymerabbit - 5/15/11 at 5:18am
 
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post #7 of 17
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I''m pretty sure my motherboard does not support Crossfire. It was on a budget so I had to settle for it.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigab...-sata-raid-atx

Click technical specs on the link and Crossfire is not ticked
post #8 of 17
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I''m pretty sure my motherboard does not support Crossfire. It was on a budget so I had to settle for it.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigab...-sata-raid-atx

Click technical specs on the link and Crossfire is not ticked
You would most definitely be able to buy a new one that does + an extra 6850 for less than a 570.

For less than $400 you could have a Phenom II x4 955 as well.

GTX 570 $355:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-365-_-Product

That leaves $218 for a Mobo and Cpu:

Phenom II x4 955 $120:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-808-_-Product

Asrock AM3+ capable, CF capable MB $170:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-248-_-Product

So for $72 more than a 570, you can have a new cpu, new MB that supports CF and has USB3, and a second 6850. The overall performance difference between the two options would be something like 50%.
Edited by Polymerabbit - 5/15/11 at 5:34am
 
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post #9 of 17
I would get the NVIDIA card if you ever intend on utilizing any software that takes advantage of CUDA cores (Adobe). Personally I like my ATI card. If you want to save a couple bucks and are just playing games, you can't go wrong with the 6950. However, the NVIDIA card benchmarks slightly higher. Good luck man
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post #10 of 17
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You would most definitely be able to buy a new one that does + an extra 6850 for less than a 570.

For less than $400 you could have a Phenom II x4 955 as well.

GTX 570 $355:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-365-_-Product

That leaves $218 for a Mobo and Cpu:

Phenom II x4 955 $120:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-808-_-Product
But wouldn't I also need to buy a new version of Windows for the Mobo?
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