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I've been looking at the ATI HD 6870 for ages, but with the recent release of the ATI HD 6950 and it being more power efficient as well as faster, for only a little extra money, I can't help but consider it an option.

Trouble is, is it really worth the little bit extra, cosidering I game at 1680x1050 and want to enjoy AA and AQ or would it be a waste? Would a card for less serve me better? I did also consider the ATI HD 5850 in this regard.

Games that I play are:

GTA IV
BF2 BC
TF2
L4D2
Metro 2033

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I would spend the extra money and go with the 6950, who knows it might even overclock to 6970 levels.
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Those game are pretty tough on the video card, any reason though for going red? A 470, or 460 would do you just as well, same price range, same FPS plus it would allow you to keep the 8800 for PHSYX, just a thought.

either way, go for the best one you can afford, you will eventually need the power. Overkill = future proofing IMHO smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Penicilyn;11753440 
I would spend the extra money and go with the 6950, who knows it might even overclock to 6970 levels.

Hmm, thanks. Interesting.
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85;11753446 
Those game are pretty tough on the video card, any reason though for going red? A 470, or 460 would do you just as well, same price range, same FPS plus it would allow you to keep the 8800 for PHSYX, just a thought.

either way, go for the best one you can afford, you will eventually need the power. Overkill = future proofing IMHO smile.gif

Main reason for going red is simply the power and heat efficiency of the ATI cards recently. I have been a big follower of Nvidia for a while, and while a GTX 470 fits the price range, I am not too keen on its heat problems and power consumption. The GTX 460 is nice as well, but again for the same price I could get a ATI 5850 which would be faster and more power efficient.

So it's really either a ATI 6870 or 6950 or 5850. However the 6950 is sounds more future proof even if I won't appreciate all its power at 1680x1050. I am just not sure if I really need it, over a 5850 for example, which is much cheaper...Decisions..
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If you can afford it, I would go with the gtx 570. Nvidia is back on their game with the 5xx series so honestly I would go with them instead of amd.
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Originally Posted by Behemoth777;11753566 
If you can afford it, I would go with the gtx 570. Nvidia is back on their game with the 5xx series so honestly I would go with them instead of amd.

Imo it's not worth the extra cost over the 6950 which does great.
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Stop recommending nvidia cards, this is the ATI board.
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Well I am shortly going to be upgrading to a 6970 but right now I have a 6950 and I can tell you that they are beastly type cards.

It is roughly double the performance of my 4890 at stock clocks on both, visual quality is superb, it is quieter than my 4890 and runs anywhere from 5-10C cooler.

Its a wonderful card that should keep you happily gaming for a few years yet at your native resolution.

6950 gets my vote for sure!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Snowman1989;11753605 
Stop recommending nvidia cards, this is the ATI board.

Hey, i'm just trying to help the OP out. I owned both a 4770 and a 6870 before my 580, I appreciate both companies equally. Just giving a little bit of insight, that's all.

@OP The 6870 performs good, but if it was really between that and the 6950, 6950 all the way. Very good price to performance and stays cool and quiet. And you talked about how much you enjoy AA + AF, and I can tell you from experience that when the settings are forced, nvidia cards just handle it better.

Also, you were saying how amd's cards stay cooler and don't use as much power. Well, that sort of changed with the 6xxx series. They run hotter, and consume more power. The 6970 uses an 8-pin and a 6-pin for power, just like the 480 and 580.

I agree with you about the 4xx series, that's why I skipped it. But the 5xx series is very impressive and would be a very nice upgrade.
Edited by Behemoth777 - 12/23/10 at 5:32pm
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