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380 is 73% of 520, though my math sucks so correct me if I'm wrong.
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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.
Based on this most recent review of HD 5870 2GB's in Crossfire. The scaling ranged anywhere from 65-95% with the cards but mostly were around the 75-85% scaling range for most games. And this was from drivers in April of 2010 and supposedly crossfire performance with the HD 5x00 series increased (albeit not by a large amount) in later revisions as well.

The 6950 crossfire scaling is a bit more consistent and generally stays around 90-95% but goes as low as 80% as well. The new 11.4's also increased crossfire performance with the HD 5x00 series as well according to someone here on OCN who did some benches.

Its hard for me to make a decision because the 5870's haven't really been used in many recent reviews with more up-to-date drivers and if they have been they have been of the 1GB variety.
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Ex, I'd stick with the EF6 5870's if I were you.
 
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Ex, I'd stick with the EF6 5870's if I were you.
That is what I'm leaning towards as well. I think that HD 5870 2GB's in CFX will be able to max out BF3 at 4320x900 (~2560x1600) and that is the game I care about the most this year.

I'll probably just upgrade to the HD 7x00 series once they release because to be honest, the HD 6x00 series wasn't as an impressive improvement over the HD 5x00 series as I thought it would be. I think putting money aside to get the next two most powerful cards in the HD 7x00 series is a better investment in the end than the minimal improvement in performance I'd get from going with two 6950's.
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The 6950 is a whooping 5% faster than the 5870. GO FOR IT!!!
I am seeing about the same frames, maybe a 2%-10% increase from 5870 benches, I'd say just keep what you have, most games don't even need more than a single GTX 470 anyway.
    
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You obviously know it's not worth the money. In CrossFire the 6950 will only be 10-20% faster depending on the game.
    
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You obviously know it's not worth the money. In CrossFire the 6950 will only be 10-20% faster depending on the game.
Agree. It looks like you've gotten enough answers to make a decision.
 
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Agree. It looks like you've gotten enough answers to make a decision.
This is true. Even if the HD 6950 2GB CFX is faster than the HD 5870 2GB CFX; the HD 5870 2GB CFX set up is more than enough for every game out there. Better off just waiting for more demanding games and the HD 7x00 series. I'm fairly confident that the HD 5870 2GB CFX setup will handle Battlefield 3 without any trouble at all.
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