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Smart to go from 6850 to 6950?

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All this BF3 makes me think I'll probably be buying a new graphics card once its released. My 6850 is good and for the most part it does its job well, but the 6950 unlocked to a 6970 seems like it would be a pretty fun upgrade. Is selling my 6850 and going to a 6950 a waste in terms of performance upgrade? I'm just thinking it might be smarter to just get the 6950 now and have it for Bf3
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No; surely not.
    
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This is a tough one really only you can answer. If there are a few games it struggles with then maybe the answer becomes easier. Sure you can wait till bf3 gets closer and the 6950 will have dropped in price but so will your resale value on your current card, so that's sort of a wash. But basing an upgrade on a game that's still months from beta let alone retail isn't a good practice to get into. No one knows what that game will need in terms of horsepower. Sure the 6950 will perform better, but by how much. Do you have an xfire board? Maybe hold off till the game is released and double up your current card for better performance.

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1. Keep your card.
2. Save up money until a week before release.
3. Go nuts.
4. Play the game the way it was meant to be played.
5. Profit!
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It might be of more interest to you to save up a bit for another 6850 for Crossfire. I'm thinking you'll get more performance that way.

But then again, Crossfire has a lot of issues, and this upgrade path is certainly not a "waste" at all. I went from a 5850 to a 560 Ti, which is very similar to this dilemma in terms of the quality of both cards. I don't regret my purchase, and I doubt you will either if this is what you decide upon.
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It might be of more interest to you to save up a bit for another 6850 for Crossfire. I'm thinking you'll get more performance that way.

But then again, Crossfire has a lot of issues, and this upgrade path is certainly not a "waste" at all. I went from a 5850 to a 560 Ti, which is very similar to this dilemma in terms of the quality of both cards. I don't regret my purchase, and I doubt you will either if this is what you decide upon.
I would agree and upgrade with another 6850 later on. That is my plan with this 6870, I'll crossfire later on. BUT I had crossfire 5770s and I did not experience issues that many people claim it has. It worked great for nearly all my games. Only certain games would not support crossfire, but that eventually gets fixed.
   
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post #7 of 10
not worth it unless you can find one for $180 or so. I had a 5850 and i was gonna buy another one.

6850's crossfire pretty well, like mentioned above, getting another 6850 would give you a much bigger fps boost.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/302?vs=292
Edited by Gabkicks - 6/11/11 at 1:21pm
post #8 of 10
I use 2x Asus 6850s that come voltmodded, I run 870/1150.

Performs much better than a single stock 6950.

Unless you were planning on going 6950 crossfire in the future i'de recommend just picking up another 6850 and give it proper cooling.
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I hope your not upgrading JUST for BF3. If you don't like your cards performance, by all means sell it and purchase a 6950. But I'd wait and play the game first, with the 6850, then make an educated decision.
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The 2GB Vram might come in handy for BF3.
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