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from GTX295 to 6870! is it worth it to DOWNgrade?

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now before you guys flame me here let me tell you the reasons that I will change this card for a 6870..

my GTX295 is a power hungry, extremely hot mostly running at 82c, all of the games do NOT get any benefit from multiGPU feature! in other words the GTX295 is only an underclocked GTX260, the only game that used the SLI is BFBC2, a nice frame drop "25fps" after disabling the SLI

I know that GTX295 is fast as hell! but I only get 50% of it's power overall!

I'm thinking about getting an ASUS HD6870 directcu and this time will be my first AMD card and another same card later when it's dirt cheap! typer.gif

in your opinion! will this be a DOWNgrade or upgrade? gunner2.gif
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post #2 of 21
It's not a downgrade - almost all reviews i've seen the GTX295 is about 2-3% faster and in some is even slower - so i think it's a good change. Downgrade - hardly 2% is a huge gap to consider. I think that it will be a smart move - less heat, less power, equal at least performance, DX11 - so i think of it as a little upgrade.
Edited by Vipervlv - 3/27/11 at 7:23am
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post #3 of 21
why dont u go for a ATI 6950, surely worth it.
or a GTX 560 Ti

both of them are surly worth the price smile.gif
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post #4 of 21
It's more of an upgrade than anything. Raw performance, they're about the same honestly (even though the 295 has two GPU's in one). But the 6850 will have full DX11, plus you could crossfire it later and have even better performance for cheap.

There are of course other options as well, but it depends on your budget. Given that you're looking at 6850's...your budget sounds pretty tight, so you're likely making the right choice with the 6850.
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post #5 of 21
at least spend a few extra dollars and go 69xx. Why would you spend the money for a new card and not get one that's better?
post #6 of 21
Go for it dude, it's a logical move. But also consider 560Ti as someone said above.
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post #7 of 21
I understand why you'd want to do something like that, now my idea is that you could/should try to squeeze in a bit more more (hence, sell you GTX295, folders would love that card!) and buy a 1GB 6950, quite a bit more powerful.

If you can't, the 6870 is an awesome card smile.gif
Put it under water and you have IDLE: 30C, 100% Load: 36C... biggrin.gif
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post #8 of 21
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REP+ for you gentlemen smile.gif

the budget now is $250 but I can spare some extra cash "up to $500" still don't want to spend it all, the spare cash is actually for a new mobo, you know my board is known for mosfet issue and could pop at any time! so at least $150 for it! and the total budget is $350 smile.gif
Quote:
why dont u go for a ATI 6950, surely worth it.
or a GTX 560 Ti

both of them are surly worth the price smile.gif

my budget is a little tight, and this time AMD because my board does only CFX!
Edited by Captain Razer - 3/27/11 at 7:39am
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post #9 of 21
i say wait untill you have enough money to get 6950

reason:
i have a 5850 which is practically same as 6870 (due to new naming scheme 6850=5770 6870=5850)
so me getting a 6870 would be sidegrade just like yours from 295 to 6870 would be
i can play every game, no doubt, but there is that little bit missing for 24'' monitor to run all games maxed perfectly
so i would suggest 6950 since you won't be too happy with 6870 if you are not happy with 295
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post #10 of 21
6870 would be a good choice, as you can CFX in the future. Otherwise 570 or 6950 tongue.gif
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