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Hello, I am in the market for a new card (and it looks like the 7 series will be too expensive for me).

I'm out to spend around 200-220 Euros, and I'm curious to try out the red team; that leaves me with Radeon HD 6950 1GB and HD 6870 2GB.

The games I play are BF3 and SWTOR mostly. But I do a lot of Blender work too, that's why V-RAM is more important to me than to the regular gamer.

My question is directed at you more knowledgable people. What card will suit my needs best?

Will the 6870 run my games smooth enough, so I can get myself some more V-RAM instead? Or will 1 GB be more than enough for almsot anything? Will BF3 run smooth on a 6870? Or will I need to compromise?
(These two cards are not set in stone, do you have something much better let me know)

6950: http://www.inet.se/produkt/5409290/asus-radeon-6950-1024mb-directcu-ii
6870: http://www.inet.se/produkt/5409372/xfx-radeon-hd6870-2048mb

Thanks in advance!
Edited by xeeki - 1/21/12 at 7:47pm
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post #2 of 13
Maybe a 6950 2GB? It shouldn't cost much more than the 1GB version.
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post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by Viski View Post

Maybe a 6950 2GB? It shouldn't cost much more than the 1GB version.

It costs more enough. Besides, I won't settle for one with the reference cooler. :/
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It costs more enough. Besides, I won't settle for one with the reference cooler. :/

i still go with 6950 2Gb
reference is just as good as the rest, but cheaper and if your lucky unlockable.
    
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post #5 of 13
BF3 will use more than 1GB at max settings. I had 6870 1GB CF and now am switching to a 2GB 6950.

Between the two I'd get the 2GB card even if it has a slower GPU
 
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post #6 of 13
I would get the 6870 2GB, since BF3 does use more than 1GB vram maxed out like ocmi_teddy said.
But either way, make sure you use the 11.12 beta drivers, they give me 40-60 FPS on BF3 maxed out without MSAA/FXAA @ 1440x900 on my single 6850.
post #7 of 13

Why not provide US with some LINKS where you plan on BUYING your CARD ... then we can see the prices and what's available to you in Sweden, and avoid the useless NEWEGG links that will mean nothing for you. thumb.gif But personally I'd strongly suggest waiting and budgeting a little more then for a 2GB HD-6950 card as well, you'll be more future proof with it in the long run. wink.gif

 

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It costs more enough.


 

   
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Why not provide US with some LINKS where you plan on BUYING your CARD ... then we can see the prices and what's available to you in Sweden, and avoid the useless NEWEGG links that will mean nothing for you. thumb.gif  But personally I'd strongly suggest waiting and budgeting a little more then for a 2GB HD-6950 card as well, you'll be more future proof with it in the long run. wink.gif


 



I've edited the OP for people to see the cards I'm looking at, the closest 2 GB version of the 6950 is at 2490 kr, which is about 50€ more. 2000 Is already pushing it for me, and like I said, I'd like to avoid reference coolers, since they're loud.
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I've edited the OP for people to see the cards I'm looking at, the closest 2 GB version of the 6950 is at 2490 kr, which is about 50€ more. 2000 Is already pushing it for me, and like I said, I'd like to avoid reference coolers, since they're loud.

Well in thise case, get the 6870 2gb, my 1gb 560 ti limits vram on bf3 when maxed out.
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post #10 of 13
Save the money and grab a 6950 2gb. You work hard for your money dont settle for a 6870 2gb. The reference coolers aren't that loud... if you have good airflow then your fan only needs to be at like 40-50 percent.... that's from my experience tho.
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