Originally Posted by Fuell
The 6950 is just over $200 right now before taxes and is the absolute best deal on the market right now, if you get a 2GB Reference design. (HIS is the cheapest Ref 2GB 6950 currently) You basically get a $300+ card for just over $200 when you unlock it to 6970. If you cheap out on a 6800 card or something now you WILL regret it. Theres only a $30 difference between the 2 cheapest of each (HIS 6870 @ $205 - $15 MIR = $190 // HIS 6950 @ $240 - $20 MIR = $220) But the 6950 Unlocked to 6970 will eat that 6870 for lunch. The question is, is it worth saving $30 to take such a performance hit? Skimp on lunch for a few days, stop drinking coffee for 2 weeks, collect some bottles and cans for money. Seriously that $30 will be one of the best $30 extra invested into a PC. That IF you need a good GPU and are willing to go max on your budget... And since you stated you would Xfire later in a few months, I guess you need horsepower..
Get the 6950, you know you WAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNT it!
this is actually quite true.
an example is that i built my rig with a 5770 and at 1920x1200 i would drop to 25 fps in many parts of bad co 20, so i exchanged it and upgraded to a 5850 and sit at 60fps all the time with vsync, maxed out completely in bad co 2. the frame rates dip slightly if i am literally in the middle of a big explosion... that is about it. the difference is incomperable.
now consider this:
the 6870 is built from the 5770, it just has improved architecture of direct x 11.
the 6950 is built from the 5850, but again, improved direct x 11.
the 6870 performs very similar to the 5850, and the 6950 about doubles that. for 30 dollars, there should be no question. ESPECIALLY if you want to take advantage of tesselation and full scale destruction at 1080p in battlefield 3!