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I already have a 6950 and I'm thinking about adding another 6950 or replacing it with the 7950 (maybe the 7950oc).

I'm thinking the 6950x2 would be the more powerful setup...but by how much?

I'm fairly disappointed that the prices haven't dropped for the 6000 series yet...I was hoping to save some $$ by doubling down.

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Crossfire 6950s would be more powerful, but then you take on the headache of crossfire drivers.
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Crossfire 6950's. Just wait till prices come down , they will eventually come down and drivers have gotten better over the last couple months.
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Crossfire driver headaches?
Is that something real or imagined?

I'm wanting to greatly improve the performance in certain games........

(I'm looking at you Witcher 2.....you bastard.)
    
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Crossfire driver headaches?
Is that something real or imagined?
I'm wanting to greatly improve the performance in certain games........
(I'm looking at you Witcher 2.....you bastard.)

Crossfire wasn't worth it in my experience.
I was getting worse FPS in Skyrim with CF than with a single card.
It's a game by game basis I suppose.
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I am running crossfired 6950s and sure some games do not support that feature. But in games like battlefield 3 you almost double your frames per second. And other games like skyrim does not support crossfire. But really with that game you don't need 2 video cards to max that game. If you look at some of the bench marks for the 7950 crossfired 6950s beat it in almost every benchmark I've seen. So I would suggest going for the crossfire. But you should expect some problems with crossfire working properly with new games at least until amd release a new cap for the game. PS on my rig I can run Max settings (-ubersampling) and get asteady 60 fps. I'm pretty sure that witcher 2 supports crossfire well. I was getting bad performance But then they release the last patch and now I get a steady 60 fps.
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Crossfire wasn't worth it in my experience.
I was getting worse FPS in Skyrim with CF than with a single card.
It's a game by game basis I suppose.

But Skyrim is the only game that hasn't really supported CF/SLI that well. Then again you should already be able to max it out with a single 6950. I think Crossfire is really good for mid-range cards or for Eyefinity setups for the higher-end cards.
    
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I am running crossfired 6950s and sure some games do not support that feature. But in games like battlefield 3 you almost double your frames per second. And other games like skyrim does not support crossfire. But really with that game you don't need 2 video cards to max that game. If you look at some of the bench marks for the 7950 crossfired 6950s beat it in almost every benchmark I've seen. So I would suggest going for the crossfire. But you should expect some problems with crossfire working properly with new games at least until amd release a new cap for the game. PS on my rig I can run Max settings (-ubersampling) and get asteady 60 fps. I'm pretty sure that witcher 2 supports crossfire well. I was getting bad performance But then they release the last patch and now I get a steady 60 fps.

I don't often buy brand new games as I am a damned cheapskate.
I wait for the first sale before I buy anything....
    
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I have a second question........1GB or 2GB 6950?
I already own a 2GB card....is there any reason or advantage to spending that extra 40$ a second time???
    
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I have a second question........1GB or 2GB 6950?
I already own a 2GB card....is there any reason or advantage to spending that extra 40$ a second time???

If you crossfire the 1GB version with the 2GB version, the extra GB of VRAM on your current card won't be used (so it'll be like having two 6950s 1GB). So I recommend you get the 2GB version for crossfire. But if it's any consolation the extra VRAM will be incredibly helpful for future games.
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Logitech C900 Webcam 
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Intel Core i5-6360U 1536MB Iris Graphics 540 8GB RAM 256GB SSD 
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Mac OS X 2560-by-1600 resolution IPS display 
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