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Hey guys so I'm looking into upgrading my sig rig a bit more just in time for bf3, I've got $275(I can go up to $325 IF absolutely needed but I'd prefer not to as that $50 is for a case of Bawls)

While crossfiring is one way to go I was looking at upgrading to a 6950 for the 2gb vram since I'm starting to consider running an eyefinity setup(not till blackfriday/xmas at least) since I already have one monitor on the way to replace the my TV that im selling to a friend.

So what would you guys recommend? I'm only hesitant in switching over to the 6950 instead of crossfiring because of the lesser performance ill get http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/302?vs=293 since correct me if im wrong but although i'll have 2 cards with 1gb of vram each if i cf the cards will only make use of 1gb?
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post #2 of 8
the 6850 CF certainly beats the 6950 for performance. the only reason to go to the 6950 is for the ability to CF later on because 6950 CF does much better.
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post #3 of 8
You're right that even if you have 2 cards having 1gb vram each, you'll only be able to use 1gb total. Crossfiring 6850s is very tempting but there are drawbacks, most notably the micro-stuttering and the limited vram.

Sell the 6850 and go for the 6950 2gb since you're looking into the eyefinity setup. Then if games start slowing down, get another 6950 2gb which I'm sure will be way cheaper by then. I understand the monitor you'll be using is 1600x900 right? Eyefinity will make that 4800x900. Surely the 2gb will be maximized with that res.
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Well ive got someone willing to buy my 6850 already so I'm thinking about selling it to him and using that money to grab another monitor now the question becomes which 6950 model to go with? I really liked the 6850 toxic edition so unless anyone has any reasons why not i think im going to go with it http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102951

And hopefully pick up one on a decent deal around black friday
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post #5 of 8
The Sapphire Toxic is an awesome choice since it exhausts out of the case instead of dumping it right back. And I've read some users who were able to unlock it to a 6970.

But you may want to look at this too since it's basically priced the same.
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any reason you would suggest for me to go with the msi one over the saphire?
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post #7 of 8
Well almost everyone agrees that MSI's twin frozr series overclocks best because it runs cooler than the other brands' non-reference designs. But I'm liking that Sapphire too so I suggest you go for the one you're comfortable with. You can potentially unlock either to a 6970 if I'm not mistaken.
Edited by goldcrow - 10/19/11 at 8:22pm
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Upgrade to a 6970.
    
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