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I dont think x4 is a problem for mid range cards like the 6850s. And honestly do yourself a favour and get them. 2 midrange cards are always better than one high end these days, there are virtually no issues apart from the release of new games needing driver support. Thats the height of it.

Why buy a high end card for top dollar when the new manufacturing process is only around the corner, which means the high end now is going to loose you alot of money (Edit: and be blown out of the water) in months to come. The mid range have already taken the price dive, and 2 6850s are going to compete with the most powerfull single cards, for much less money.
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I dont think x4 is a problem for mid range cards like the 6850s. And honestly do yourself a favour and get them. 2 midrange cards are always better than one high end these days, there are virtually no issues apart from the release of new games needing driver support. Thats the height of it.

Why buy a high end card for top dollar when the new manufacturing process is only around the corner, which means the high end now is going to loose you alot of money in months to come. The mid range have already taken the price dive, and 2 6850s are going to compete with the most powerfull single cards, for much less money.
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^ how much would you like lol?
    
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^ how much would you like lol?
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My 460 hawks cost me £300. Do you know that the 570, and 6970 are also £300? Which do you think is faster. Much faster.

By the time you decide to double up on your 6950, the 7000 series will be out, and the 7950 (or equivalent) will be just as fast as both of your cards.

Compare the 4850 with the 5850.

Edit: Buying 2 midragers now are going to last well into the next refresh, then when I`m + op + master chief are due our upgrades, we will be able to buy a card just as powerfull as 2x570s/6950 for about £250
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My 460 hawks cost me £300. Do you know that the 570, and 6970 are also £300? Which do you think is faster. Much faster.

By the time you decide to double up on your 6950, the 7000 series will be out, and the 7950 (or equivalent) will be just as fast as both of your cards.

Compare the 4850 with the 5850.
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I vote for the one card. While crossfire driver issues may or may not be the case, there still is the fact that some games simply do not support crossfire (at least not out of the box), and you may actually see reduced performance in some of these cases. A good single card solution will save a few headaches down the road, and when the time comes when you want to upgrade again, you can probably get a second 6950 for a pretty good bargain price. For example I bought my 5850 for $290 last year, and yesterday I saw them on newegg open box for $130, of course they sold our pretty fast though....
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6950

i never had CF, but from what ive read its not good, look at crysis 2 with the 6990.

i had sli 460 768 and it was great, but when some new games arrive i had to wait for the drivers and it was very frustrating...shift 2 for ex. it still doesnt accept dual gpu.
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Trust me there are no issues, not anymore. Crossfire/sli have ironed out the issues as the architecture is now scalable. As for proof, it was announced recently that the next generation are out in 2012, and will be based on the new manufacturing process - so the next cards will likely be a similar jump in performance as the 4000 series to the 5000 series.

Buying a more powerfull card now is a bad move. Too expensive. Especially for the reasons Ive already described. The mid range cards scale amazingly, especially the 6850s apparently.
    
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