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AMD 6870 1GB vs AMD 6950 1GB

Poll Results: 6870 or 6950

 
  • 16% (2)
    6870
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    6950
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post #1 of 10
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the XFX 6870 is 200 dollars with free shipping but the XFX 6950 1GB is 239 with free shipping.
what would be the best bang for the buck for my current system? the only real intensive games i will be playing is crysis 1, warhead and possibly crysis 2 but 99% of the time I'll be playing far cry 2 and left 4 dead 1 and 2 maxed at 1440x900 so what would best suit my needs? my CPU is 3.2GHz right now if that matters.

i know the 6950 is faster but i want to spend as little as possible but without sacrificing performance in thew games i play often. my budget is $240 so by all means recommend other cards as well. this budget is extremely strict i can not go over it even 1 cent so don't bother with anything more expensive.
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post #2 of 10
The HD6950 is 20% to 30% faster than HD6870.
Here is comparison between the two cards.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/331?vs=290
I would say at these prices pick the HD6950 it is better bang for the buck.
You pay just an extra of 19% of HD6870 price for 20-30% performance.
Edited by HeadlessKnight - 7/22/11 at 9:39pm
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post #3 of 10
6950 can easily be oc'd to match performance of 6970 as well.
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Originally Posted by HeadlessKnight View Post
The HD6950 is 20% to 30% faster than HD6870.
Here is comparison between the two cards.
I would say at these prices pick the HD6950 it is better bang for the buck.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/331?vs=290
wow the reviews i saw must have been old because on far cry 2 the 6950 was only 7 FPS more than a 6870

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6950 can easily be oc'd to match performance of 6970 as well.
i thought AMD put a power limiter on them like Nvidia did. also with temps like 90+C is it really a good idea to OC?
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post #5 of 10
for $39 more the 6950 is totally worth it
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post #6 of 10
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ok i added a poll so vote for the best choice.

EDIT ahaha wow its a landslide, alright I'll order the 6950 right now
Edited by philhalo66 - 7/22/11 at 9:41pm
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post #7 of 10
for the price i think the 6870 is better but if you have the cash get the 6950.
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post #8 of 10
The 6950 is the better buy overall imo, but for your res... eh, you're more likely to be CPU bound than GPU bound with either card. IDK that it will really make much difference.

If you ever plan to upgrade your monitor though the 6950 will have longer legs.

Here's how the 1GB 6950 stacks up at 1280x1024 (slightly higher than your res).



Based on that you may actually want to look at a 560 Ti instead. It beats both fairly handily at lower reses.
post #9 of 10
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for the price i think the 6870 is better but if you have the cash get the 6950.
well i got 300 bucks to throw around but i need 60 for a 4Gig stick of ram.

gonna be nice to open a new part its been a long time since i ordered a new part(aug 2009) i just hope XFX doesn' go crap

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The 6950 is the better buy overall imo, but for your res... eh, you're more likely to be CPU bound than GPU bound with either card. IDK that it will really make much difference.

If you ever plan to upgrade your monitor though the 6950 will have longer legs.

Here's how the 1GB 6950 stacks up at 1280x1024 (slightly higher than your res).



Based on that you may actually want to look at a 560 Ti instead. It beats both fairly handily at lower reses.
well my 8800 maxes in far cry 2 so i hope that a 6950 will let me max it out the game isn't very CPU intensive so i don't think it will be too much of a problem and if it is i can always sell my current cpu and my 8800 and buy a 955 and overclock to 4GHz.

anyway the 6950 will be here Thursday can't wait
Edited by philhalo66 - 7/22/11 at 9:50pm
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post #10 of 10
6950 can eat games like Far Cry 2 without issues.
This games is no longer very demanding on todays GPUs.
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