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So, I believe I have a pretty good 2 gb 6950 (unlocked shaders, 900 core, 1400 memory).

I purchased Metro 2033 during the steam sale and noticed that the performance is not where I would expect it to be (seems to slow down at strange times). I thought about picking up Crysis 2, and see that the performance there on my 6950 would not be that great either.

So, while I was driving to work this morning (I have a 50 mile, 1-way-trip to work everyday), I thought...should I sell my 6950 and pick up a GTX480?

I think overall performance wise, they are nearly identical and the 480 is probably better where tessellation is used heavily.

I know the 480 is loud and power hungry...

So I come now to you, OCN graphics gurus!

Am I crazy for thinking about this change in video card?
    
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I'd stick with the unlocked 6950, unlocked the performance is pretty close to a 480 and if you decide to crossfire it down the line, you most likely won't need to buy a new PSU, plus it scales quite nicely
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Keep it. It is.. or was, actually faster in BF3, and with shaders unlocked/OC (basically a 6970) its even faster. BF3 was just an example ofc, but the 6950 is the one to keep. I've got a 480 and I've had a 6950, I've also got a 6970 and in my opinion you should just keep the 6950.
Edited by Razi3l - 10/14/11 at 6:59am
    
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I have two GTX 480s (on is broken though) and two unlocked 6950s (in different systems).

The 480 is only faster, overall, when watercooled.
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I have two GTX 480s (on is broken though) and two unlocked 6950s (in different systems).

The 480 is only faster, overall, when watercooled.
This.

480 has some problems but can be a beast when cooled properly. At stock its right around a GTX 570 at most resolutions, so an unlocked 6950 should compete very well. I would not expect anything much performance-wise out of any single card in Metro 2033, if its playable then I'd be happy.
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Thanks for the advice guys. I will let this urge pass...
    
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What Sapphire card do you have ? I assume it's the DIRT3 card ?

I'm with the guys above ... KEEP IT ... you won't really gain by going to the GTX-480, you'd have to buy a high end GTX-570 and OC it, or a GTX-580 to really noticeably do better than your Un-Locked and Over-Clocked HD-6950 Dirt3 Card, and for the Price difference IMO it's just not worth it.

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To be honest, I can't tell the difference between my GTX580, GTX480, and my 6950 without relying on benchmarks. They're all great performers and handle every game I play close to the same. Be happy with what you have and save your money for a real upgrade down the road.
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It is a reference design card bought back in February or March.
    
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^That could be your problem, Go get yourself a Toxic 6950..Unlock and be merry lol
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