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Worth upgrading to HD 6950 2GB CFX from HD 5870 2GB CFX?

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So a couple weeks ago I purchased 2 of the Sapphire HD 5870 2GB Eyefinity6 cards from the Newegg Shellshocker for $380 total. I love these cards and they are able to max any game I throw at them (and no I haven't had any microstutter or driver issues people have complained about). I generally play Battlefield Bad Company 2 so I want to be sure that my set-up can max that game out and the new upcoming Battlefield 3.

For BC2 I am able to max it out at my eyefinity resolution (roughly equivalent to 2560x1600), HBAO on and 4xAA/16xAF and maintain a relatively constant 80-90 FPS, more than I need. I'm hoping that I'll be able to do similar settings with BF3, but with maybe 50-60 FPS (considering what we've seen right now has been running off a single GTX 580).

However, I'm able to upgrade to the new XFX HD 6950 2GB (non-reference, possibly not unlockable) cards for a net cost of roughly $150-$175 after selling my current cards. From what I've read the HD 6950 2GB pushes about the same performance as a HD 5870 2GB. However, the HD 6x00 series has slightly more superior scaling (range of 80-95% on average) than the HD 5x00 series (range of 70-90% on average) so that the HD 6950 2GB CFX setup generally will outperform the HD 5870 2GB CFX setup by roughly 10% on average.

So I just wanted to receive some feedback to help me decide if you guys believe that 10% performance increase or so is worth the extra $150-$175 I'd need to put in. Or if I'm not factoring in any other things with the upgrade. I'm not exactly tight on money but at the same time I don't like to throw money away if its not worth it. In the end, my main concern is that I just hope that my system will play Battlefield 3 well since I know my system can handle BC2 right now no sweat.

Any input, personal experience or feedback is greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 18
Not worth it...Stick with what you got and continue to be happy!
post #3 of 18
Not worth it.

6950's are awesome, don't get me wrong. But 5870's are very powerful as well. The slight performance bump you will see won't be worth the hundreds of spent dollars.
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Why did you buy 2 E6's in the first place?
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Why did you buy 2 E6's in the first place?

He got them for 380 total, which is super cheap band new, id buy them too.
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Agree. Not worth it over two 5870 2GB.
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He got them for 380 total, which is super cheap band new, id buy them too.

I would not have bought two. That's 3/4ths of the way to a 6950 cfx setup. Which is why I asked why buy them at all if what you really wanted was...

E6 at 180/200 Newegg deal was for someone on a very tight budget. Blowing 380 on two sounds like OP had plenty of money... and in that case I dunno. I wouldn't have gotten E6s. 60 bucks more and unlockable 6950s... hmm.
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The 6950 is a whooping 5% faster than the 5870. GO FOR IT!!!
    
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HD 5870 scale ~ 55-60, HD 6950 scales 80%+, Better Tessellation, With new 11.4 they also get even faster. In teh end 30-40% difference. Look at HD 5970 vs HD 6990 for comparison.
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Originally Posted by tsm106;12756958 
I would not have bought two. That's 3/4ths of the way to a 6950 cfx setup. Which is why I asked why buy them at all if what you really wanted was...

E6 at 180/200 Newegg deal was for someone on a very tight budget. Blowing 380 on two sounds like OP had plenty of money... and in that case I dunno. I wouldn't have gotten E6s. 60 bucks more and unlockable 6950s... hmm.

Actually the cheapest HD 6950's at the time I was purchasing were roughly $260 so buying two of those would've costed $520 or roughly...$140 more. Which is nearly the cost of another HD 5870 2GB at the time and more than I wanted to spend.

Thank you to everyone else who responded.
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