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Upgrading from 5850 to 6970?

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Alright, so I love my 5850 and all.....but you know, I always want something better. I really want to upgrade to the HIS IceQ 6970 cause it looks awesome and it benchmarks really well. The only thing I'm wondering (cause it's pretty expensive) will the 2GB compared to the 1GB of DDR5 make it last a lot longer when it comes to playing new games? Will the HD 6000 series get DX12 support? Thanks
Edit: I game @ 1920x1080
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with your resolution, yes newer games are pushing the 1-1.5gb mark now such as BF3 and Crysis 2.

So I think with 2 gb it should be pretty good for now. If you can afford it, its no reason to go 1 gb version anymore.

by the way, doesn't the 6970s come in 2gb versions only? its the 6950s that have 1 and 2gb.
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The 2gb just makes it so games that use more than 1.5gb vram don't lag and say vram maxed out it will not make the card last longer also the 6000 series is hardware embedded dx11 from what I've heard so it will say dx12 but display in dx11 codecs
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For OC purpose why not take a look at this one? its cheaper and has an aftermarket cooler as well like the ICEq version.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125394
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post #5 of 10
Or get another 5850 and xfire it? I loved those cards when I had them.
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So maybe it would be better to wait for the 7000 series to come out? It looks pretty promising
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Or get another 5850 and xfire it? I loved those cards when I had them.
From what I've read the 5xxx series didn't scale very well in crossfire?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Pentium-David View Post
From what I've read the 5xxx series didn't scale very well in crossfire?
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/303?vs=292

People could probably give you a better opinion than mine, and more educated one, but when I had 5850's xfired, I had zero problems with any games. Not to mention they look great, and can be bought at good prices right now.
post #9 of 10
If you're upgrading id get the 2GB just to be safe, with they higher textures in the final BF3 its gonna take up more VRAM. I maxed out my VRAM with my old GTX 570.
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A 5850 CFX config beats a single 580.
    
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