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Successor to my Crossfire 5850s. 7850 or 7870?

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8800 GT > GTX280 > Radeon 5850 > 8800 GT > (7850/7870?)

So my Graphics cards have changed around a bit lately. I sold off my last 5850, and am back using an old 8800 GT alpha Dog for now. It is...unfortunate to try to play SC2 with. With the 5850, I bought one and crossfired about a year or so down the road. The price difference between the 5850 and the 5870 was a smaller gap then, however. With the price gap being $100, and me not trying to max out BF3 on 2560x1600, would the 7850 be a more viable option and just be able to add one down the road?
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post #2 of 13
7850 will play BF3 on high/ultra fine at 1080 or less.
Another option would be to pick up a second hand 6950/6970

Or even a 6850 would be a massive upgrade over a 8800GT and you can get them for around $100US on sale
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7870 or 6970 (unlocked 6950 works fine too). This is noticeable performance jump from 5850.
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post #4 of 13
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I know everything is an upgrade from an 8800, I just happen to be borrowing it because my onboard sucks. :x. Also, I thought a 7850 was the bottleneck on BF3 ultra?
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post #5 of 13
You are probably not going to get great fps on max ultra with a single card:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/amd-radeon-hd-7850-and-7870-review/21

but if you lower the MSAA settings you should have no problems running smoothly.

Also, BF3 already uses 1.5gb+ of VRAM in 1080p maxed out, so even if you CF, although you should theoretically get ~40fps, you might run into some stuttering issues due to lack of VRAM. Plus the CF support in BF3 hasn't been great, especially for the 7 series. Just check out the complaints on on guru3d's forums for example.
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Ya, the most graphically intense game I have right now is Mass Effect 2.
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post #7 of 13
haha, well my 7 year old laptop can even max out that game.

if you have the patience, and a fat wallet, wait till prices settle down and get a 7970 or similar

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:_yETGUVWOIAJ:www.hardocp.com/article/2012/04/10/sapphire_hd_7970_oc_edition_video_card_review/7+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
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I vote for 7870 or 6970 biggrin.gif ..Maybe wait a week or two..
 
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post #9 of 13
i would honestly say dish out the 400 bucks and get a 7870 ive recently ordered a reference one from power color and so far i love it. i havent even oc'ed it yet and its stomped everything ive thrown at it. im not sure what the 7850's look like performance wise but i can speak for the 7870.
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7870!
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