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Time to upgrade my GPUs, and I have a bit of a choice to make.

Crossfire HD6850 1GBs - $300
- Highest performance, but most expensive. Have to buy new. No upgrade path.

Reference HD6950 2GB, unlocked - $260
- Lowest performance, middling price. Used. Clear upgrade path.

Crossfire HD5830 1GBs - $220
- Middling performance, lowest price. Used. No upgrade path.


Help?
post #2 of 18
I;d strongly consider the single 6950. Simply because you don't have to worry about the ills of multi-card config. Tho I'm happy for the most part with my lone 6850, and I'm driving a lot more pixels than 1080p.
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post #3 of 18
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I;d strongly consider the single 6950. Simply because you don't have to worry about the ills of multi-card config. Tho I'm happy for the most part with my lone 6850, and I'm driving a lot more pixels than 1080p.
But you can't be maxing most games.
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
But you can't be maxing most games.
Not high demand titles DX10/DX11 Metro and a few others. OTOH Portal 2 and Fallout New Vegas, HL2 Cinematic Mod 10 aren't a problem, and most titles are not DX10/11...However, I find it staggering that I can even get decent FPS @ a 5+ megapixel resolution with a sub-$200 GPU at any setting. More to life than maxed out settings. 'Sides I'm a fairly poor grad student.
Edited by Skripka - 8/14/11 at 9:17am
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post #5 of 18
I would go 6950. That way in a few months you will be able to get one a lil cheaper when the 7 series comes out. I would much rather suffer a ill less performance for the chance of a good upgrade later. Just my 2cents.

Edit: plus your then trading blows with sil 570's Once your xfire with 6950's.
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post #6 of 18
I would also go for the 6950, if it's unlocked then it's essentially a 6970 which means you're getting a bargain at that price. Plus they OC well (most can hit 1GHz core) and you're able to xfire later.

You will still be able to play any game on max settings with reasonable fps.
Any games you play regularly? I can test them on my card @ 1080 so you have an idea of the performance of the card with a moderate OC (if I have the game that is )
post #7 of 18
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I would also go for the 6950, if it's unlocked then it's essentially a 6970 which means you're getting a bargain at that price. Plus they OC well (most can hit 1GHz core) and you're able to xfire later.

You will still be able to play any game on max settings with reasonable fps.
Any games you play regularly? I can test them on my card @ 1080 so you have an idea of the performance of the card with a moderate OC (if I have the game that is )
BF:BC2
Shogun 2
Metro 2033
Witcher 2

Those are the more intensive titles I play.
post #8 of 18
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BF:BC2
Shogun 2
Metro 2033
Witcher 2

Those are the more intensive titles I play.
I have all except for Metro. Ok give me a couple of minutes
post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
Time to upgrade my GPUs, and I have a bit of a choice to make.

Crossfire HD6850 1GBs - $300
- Highest performance, but most expensive. Have to buy new. No upgrade path.

Reference HD6950 2GB, unlocked - $260
- Lowest performance, middling price. Used. Clear upgrade path.

Crossfire HD5830 1GBs - $220
- Middling performance, lowest price. Used. No upgrade path.


Help?

Um? HD6850 highest perf and HD6950 Lower perf? I hope it's the opposite reversed

http://www.hwcompare.com/6108/radeon...adeon-hd-6950/

Not sure where are you looking at:

HD6850 is only a $150 USD range card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...HD6850&x=0&y=0

HD 6950 is $240 USD range card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...HD6950&x=0&y=0
 
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post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by djriful View Post
Um? HD6850 highest perf and HD6950 Lower perf? I hope it's the opposite reversed

http://www.hwcompare.com/6108/radeon...adeon-hd-6950/

Not sure where are you looking at:

HD6850 is only a $150 USD range card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...HD6850&x=0&y=0

HD 6950 is $240 USD range card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...HD6950&x=0&y=0

He said 6850 xfire and 6950 just as one.
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