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Hi All,

I am currently running two HIS AMD 6850s in CrossFire and I was wondering if there is a single card solution out there that would offer substantially better performance at a reasonable price ($200-$300). I can play most games on the highest settings, but there are instances where the most graphically intensive games push the system to its limits (Rage, Witcher 2, etc.) and framerates drop. Part of me wonders if the cards out now in the price range above will only offer marginal performance gains over my current set-up, and I should just wait until the next the next batch of cards are released (AMD 8000 series or Nvidia equivalent).

Thanks,

WC
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post #2 of 9
Well with that budget no. . 6870 cf is somewhat alike to a single 7970 (which is over your budget) Hell with any budget the answer is the same. At best ti would be an expensive sidegrade. Wait for the next gen
 
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post #3 of 9
I would wait for the 8000 series if I were you. thumb.gif
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Careful of new model numbers, there is a "rebadging" of cards with newer numbers going on.
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Originally Posted by brasslad View Post

Careful of new model numbers, there is a "rebadging" of cards with newer numbers going on.

Isn't that mostly with mobile GPU's?
Low end GPU's are almost always jsut rebadged, the needs they cater to doesn't increase much.
 
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post #6 of 9
even at stock speeds HD 7950 boost is faster than HD 6870 CF, leave alone HD 6850 CF. HD 7950 overclocked to 1.1 - 1.15 ghz matches HD 7970 Ghz. so its a significant upgrade .

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7950_X2_Boost/28.html

1920 x 1200

HD 6850 - 46
HD 6870 - 55
HD 6950 - 63
HIS HD 7950 iceq x2 boost - 100
HD 7970 Ghz - 115

CF scaling in best cases is 1.8x. but on average across many games its more around 1.6x. Performance in modern DX11 titles like BF3 on a HD 7950 (1.1 Ghz) is more than twice (2x) the performance of HD 6950. A single HD 7950 GPU also allows to play games like BF3 at Ultra MSAA 4x settings which is not possible on HD 6850 1GB CF as the cards run out of VRAM and will stutter badly. also the consistency provided by a single HD 7950 GPU cannot be matched by any CF solution.
Edited by raghu78 - 1/14/13 at 6:53am
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post #7 of 9
An AMD would be a better choice for the money. However, every AMD card I have ever used has been riddled with poor driver support and microslutter. Remember, FPS isn't necessarily the most important factor in buying a video card. I'd take a look at some Nvidia cards if I were you.
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Originally Posted by TheLawIX View Post

An AMD would be a better choice for the money. However, every AMD card I have ever used has been riddled with poor driver support and microslutter. Remember, FPS isn't necessarily the most important factor in buying a video card. I'd take a look at some Nvidia cards if I were you.

I definitely agree with you at this point. smile.gif
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post #9 of 9
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Thanks all. I'll look into the 7970 and 7950 Boost but I think I might wait it out until the 8000 series.
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