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I am gonna upgrade my current gpu next month, an AMD HD5850.
This card kicked ass for a long time but i'm starting to feel that its getting older in games such as BF3 (on 1920x1080 High/Ultra settings)

Now i am searching for a worthy upgrade with a budget of around 250 dollar/euro.
Now i had a couple options in mind:

- 6850 x2 in Xfire, though its a 6xxx series and on par of my current 5850 (single card) performance wise. Besides that its not future proof. Keeping my 5850 and adding another one isnt an option since my gf is gonna use my 5850 in her rig.

- 7850, would fit perfectly within my budget and i would have the possibility to add another 7850 in future. How are the overclock possibility's on this card. Is it a monster like the 5850 were?

- 7870, Not within my budget at the moment. I could wait and buy it later perhaps but i prefer not to... Though, i could if its really worth the extra 100 dollar/euro?


Games i play or gonna play: Battlefield 3, SWTOR, Dirt 3 and waiting for Diablo III and GTA 5.
Id like to play on as much as quality as possible on a 1920x1080 resolution.

What do you guys think? I lean towards the 7850. Anyone one experience with this particular card?
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I'm in the same boat at the moment.

Out of your current budget choices, I would have to say stick it out, and get the 7870. Getting 2 6850's would be kind of odd because you could just get a second 5850. Its doesn't scale quite as well, but it is a bit more powerful, so it should even itself out.

Personally, I dont think that the 7850 is worth the upgrade. I am seeing an average of 8 more FPS in BF3 @ 1920X1200. That is hardly worth the cost in my opinion. The 7870 however, is probably your best bet. It gives you an average of 54% performance increase, though it is still not the best choice for performance/dollar, but at least it is close to your price range.

I did some calculations of average performance increases over the 5850 @ 1920x1200 in dollars spent per % of increase, and surprisingly, these were the results (ranked by lowest $ per % of increase):

1. GTX 680
2. 7970
3. 7950
4. 7870
5. GTX 580

The 680 was slightly less than $6 per % and the 580 was slightly higher than $7 per %,so surprisingly, the more you spend the more bang for your buck you are getting (except the top 2; the 680 is $50 cheaper than the 7970... if you can find one tongue.gif ).

Try for that 7870, I'm confident you will be glad you did. It will last longer, and be better if you plan to Xfire down the road.

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In addition to what was said above - you could also get a used GTX 580 which would definitely yield the best performance increase/dollar spent.

I just picked up an EVGA SC edition one for $300 shipped including 2.5 years of warranty based on serial.
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What not buy a 6950 and unlock it to a 6970?
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580 would be a nice boost in games and run max AA with all those games
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HD 6950 @ 800/1250 = HD 5850 @ 1000/1250. After i unlocked and overcloked to 975/1450 ~ 20-25% faster. I would not gt anything less then HD 7870 or GTX580.
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post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by tahayassen View Post

What not buy a 6950 and unlock it to a 6970?

Not many 6950's can be unlocked. Only the first few batches were able to do that. It would still be better to get a current gen card (ie HD 7000's or GTX 600's)
I would say go for the 7870. It's on par with the GTX 580 for a lot of games and performs substantially better than the 7850, which is about on par with a GTX 570.
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Hold out for the 7870..you'll be glad you did biggrin.gif
 
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Thanks for the reply's so far.
Its clear that a 7850 isnt much of an upgrade so i'm ruling that one out.

What if i can get 2x 6850's quite cheap and run them in crossfire? (Would still be around a 100 dollar cheaper for me) I cant keep my current 5850 because its going into my girlfriends rig. So thats not an option...
How would 2x 6850 in crossfire perform vs a single 7870? and what would be the disadvantages of going for an older 6xxx serie card?
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Try to stay away form CF especially low end cards. 2 x HD 6850 will be faster but HD 7870 will feel faster. No stutter. Also 1GB is low now a days and having 2 cards its even a bigger problem.
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