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ok i am debating on upgrading my gpu to a 6950. or cross firing 2 5850's.

the 6950 is the cheaper way because i have to buy a crossfire ready motherboard and a new power supply with 4x6pin pci-e power connectors for the 5850 crossfire.

is the 6950 unlocked to 6970 going to be a real difference that i should just stick to single gpu or what?

i did the math all together for the crossfire upgrade would cost me 392$
Edited by antisphere - 4/1/11 at 3:44pm
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Well, you would probably get a ~10 fps difference in some of the recent games, so is that worth the money for the upgrade? (You should see how much you can sell a 5850 for, and how cheap you can get a 6950)
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/303?vs=293

5850 CF will beat a single 6950, but you can always get another 6950 later. I would go with the newer tech if I was you though.
    
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actually if i go with the 6950 i wont be able to. i gotta get me a new power supply and a new motherboard for crossfire. so it's either stick with single or go with a dated multi gpu build.
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I wouldnt exactly call the 5850 dated it still performs right up there and when crossfired it matches or beats the GTX580 in most benchmarks. 5850's crossfired is one of the best bang for buck gaming solutions at the moment.
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k so spend the extra 100$ and get the upgrades needed for crossfire?
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Originally Posted by just_nuke_em View Post
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/303?vs=293

5850 CF will beat a single 6950, but you can always get another 6950 later. I would go with the newer tech if I was you though.
I agree here. I'd rather go with new technology.

I moved from an HD5970 to a single HD6970, sure I lost performance, but I knew I was grabbing a 2nd HD6970 sooner or later.

"Downgrading" from HD5970 to HD6970 was not bad at all either

I'd say go 6950.

It really deppends on how cheap you can find another HD5850 for...
    
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well i can get one off of newegg for 180$ if i wait for a open box to pop up.

i take it this is the part where i start thinking.... hmm.
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I'd rather have 1 6950 than 2 5850s.
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Think about it, pay 100 $ to get 75% increase in performance, then get a single new kepler gpu by the end of this years which suppose to be 3x faster than anything out right now, or spend 200$ for 10% increase in performance and then by the end of the year the 6950 is outdate and you have to spend more money to crossfire the 6950 instead of getting a single kepler gpu?i doubt ull get another 6950 when Kepler come out tho so its a stupid move if u want to side-grade to 6950.
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