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HD 6850 CF is about 10-15% better than a GTX 580. The problem with it is the 1GB VRAM is unattractive. For current games 1GB is enough, but I can't say that for the future as we're coming to the limits of 1GB VRAM when you try to play the most current games on Ultra with 16x AA, or multi-monitor setups, or 2560 resolutions. Even if the 1GB VRAM bottlenecks you, you'll see about a 4-5FPS drop.

However, I've come to realize that you really don't need Ultra settings with 16x AA to get amazing graphics. The difference in how a games looks from Medium to Ultra is minimal, but the FPS drop is dramatic. The game engine itself is more important, because the most recent engine on medium settings will look much better than the previous engine on Ultra.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 1920x1200 4xAA

HD 6850 CrossFire: 85.5FPS
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ATI/Radeon_HD_6850_CrossFire/4.html

HD 6950 2GB: 57.9FPS
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6950/8.html
You can also see in this review the 580 performs at 75.9FPS, thus proving the HD6850 CF superiority.

The best $/performance has always been 2x HD 6850s since October 22, 2010.
Edited by SkillzKillz - 11/23/11 at 6:38pm
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HD 6850 CF is about 10-15% better than a GTX 580. The problem with it is the 1GB VRAM is unattractive. For current games 1GB is enough, but I can't say that for the future as we're coming to the limits of 1GB VRAM when you try to play the most current games on Ultra with 16x AA, or multi-monitor setups, or 2560 resolutions. Even if the 1GB VRAM bottlenecks you, you'll see about a 4-5FPS drop.

However, I've come to realize that you really don't need Ultra settings with 16x AA to get amazing graphics. The difference in how a games looks from Medium to Ultra is minimal, but the FPS drop is dramatic. The game engine itself is more important, because the most recent engine on medium settings will look much better than the previous engine on Ultra.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 1920x1200 4xAA
HD 6850 CrossFire: 85.5FPS
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ATI/Radeon_HD_6850_CrossFire/4.html
HD 6950 2GB: 57.9FPS
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6950/8.html
You can also see in this review the 580 performs at 75.9FPS, thus proving the HD6850 CF superiority.
The best $/performance has always been 2x HD 6850s since October 22, 2010.


I gotta go with the HD 6870s as the best price:performance right now.
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Will a 5450 play full 1080p content? I dont have any idea just wanna check tis b4 he finishes his dads build. Also i assume if he end up with a 3d tv one day he will want to play 3d content, meaning he needs hdmi 1.4 (6 serries card like your 6850), so ask if he has future plans for 3D, if so makes your choice easy.
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post #14 of 17
get that 5970 for $300
post #15 of 17
Crossfired HD6850s will provide you with higher computing power than a single HD6950.
However, they bring the risk of issues inherent to crossfire (micro-stuttering, etc.), higher power consumption and consequent increased heat production.
I have HD6950 and I love it. I really do not know what to recommend here, but I hope you consider the things I've mentioned in making your decision.
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post #16 of 17
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Crossfired HD6850s will provide you with higher computing power than a single HD6950.
However, they bring the risk of issues inherent to crossfire (micro-stuttering, etc.), higher power consumption and consequent increased heat production.
I have HD6950 and I love it. I really do not know what to recommend here, but I hope you consider the things I've mentioned in making your decision.

^^^

If you are the gamer that buys games on release and plays them, dont crossfire, not with AMD's latest track record. However if you are the type that will buy a game a few weeks after release, not buy 2 many new games and just play the ones you got. Then the crossfire could be a better option for you. Power consumption isn't much more because it basically turns off when not in use, only like an added 10 watts when idling. The increase in heat is very noticable though. Not if you have aircon though. I dont so I notice it.

Flip a coin if you cant decide, both good options.
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When will the 7000 series be released? How much will it possibly be? I have to build my dad his HTPC soon, he can't wait any longer.
the DIAMOND 6950 on sale right now is a non-reference version (Ugly!) but it still can unlock to a 6970, I'm wondering even if it is revisioned, will it still have the same card length? It looks shorter.
After all this should I get the 6950 2GB over 6850 CF?
(I found out it'd be $40 cheaper if I go CF 6850, that's if I get my dad the 5450)
But.. $50 off... on a 6950 2GB... But then I have to get my dad my 6850 for HTPC....ohohohohohoh
I'M SO TORN!

How can you tell if a card is non reference or not ? For instance http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103202
i see a reference card on the picture but we never know what we receive in general they can give you the reference or the non reference. Unless you have
a trick that i dont know like in the nametag or something which is why im asking.
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