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I'm upgrading from my 4870 but even after hours of looking at benchmarks and reviews im clueless as to what to buy. I game at 1920x1080 and play CoD:BO, Metro 2033, H.A.W.X 2, WoW and probably Battlefield BC2 soon.

I live in Australia so our prices are a little different here, these are the cards I've been looking at:

Sapphire 6850 $211 (Would crossfire them almost immediately)
Sapphire 6870 $290 (Don't really want this, just to show price comparison)
Sapphire 6950 $359 (Would probably crossfire them eventually)
Zotac GTX570 $406 (EVGA are $50 more)

Please factor in Overclockability and Temperatures.

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6850 in crossfire
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Here is a basic breakdown of the cards you listed:

6850 - By far the best buy. They are MONSTER overclockers and in Crossfire they achieve 95-100% Scaling. They run cool, consumer minimal power, and are quiet. I'm a big fan of these.

6870 - Also excellent and the big brother of the 6850. It's overclocking potential is minimal. I've read mixed reviews on how quiet or loud these are. I'm sure with the right Cooling System, such as ASUS or the MSI Twin Frozr II's, that it won't be an issue. They do well in temperature and power consumption as well. They have equivalent scaling to the 6850 mentioned above.

6950 - I really wouldn't consider this, tbh. They are decent cards, but you can do much better for that amount of money.

570 - These perform excellent. However, with higher end cards, especially Nvidia cards, they do run hot, consume a lot of power, and are noticeably noisy. In performance, these are about equal to the 6970.

Best Bang for your Buck - 6850

Best Higher End Solo Card with Medium Price Tag - 570

Best Overall Performer for around $500 USD - 580

As Calavera mentioned above, I would HIGHLY recommend going with 6850's in Crossfire. When Overclocked, they can reach 580-level Performance for almost half the Price.

Hope this helps!
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Here is a basic breakdown of the cards you listed:

6850 - By far the best buy. They are MONSTER overclockers and in Crossfire they achieve 95-100% Scaling. They run cool, consumer minimal power, and are quiet. I'm a big fan of these.

6870 - Also excellent and the big brother of the 6850. It's overclocking potential is minimal. I've read mixed reviews on how quiet or loud these are. I'm sure with the right Cooling System, such as ASUS or the MSI Twin Frozr II's, that it won't be an issue. They do well in temperature and power consumption as well. They have equivalent scaling to the 6850 mentioned above.

6950 - I really wouldn't consider this, tbh. They are decent cards, but you can do much better for that amount of money.

570 - These perform excellent. However, with higher end cards, especially Nvidia cards, they do run hot, consume a lot of power, and are noticeably noisy. In performance, these are about equal to the 6970.

Best Bang for your Buck - 6850

Best Higher End Solo Card with Medium Price Tag - 570

Best Overall Performer for around $500 USD - 580

As Calavera mentioned above, I would HIGHLY recommend going with 6850's in Crossfire. When Overclocked, they can reach 580-level Performance for almost half the Price.

Hope this helps!
Brilliant advice thanks a lot. I think this benchmark of Metro 2033 pretty much sums up the decision. http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon...irex-review/10

I was a little scared to go back to Crossfire again after my 3870's however the awesome scalability destroys any argument to be made. + Rep to the both of you.

Last question: Will I be able to adjust the voltage on the Sapphire 6850 or do I need an Asus/MSI etc version?

Edit: Found out all 6850s support Voltage adjustment. Just ordered a single Sapphire 6850, will order another after Christmas.
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