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2GB 5870 vs. 2GB 6950

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January 24, 2011 4:12:13 AM

Which one? I am looking for single card performance, not crossfire, as I will wait a gen or two before I upgrade. The 2GB 5870 can save me $50... However, how much will 2GB of VRAM impact performance on only HD (1920x1080)? I am not really set in stone about either of these, so any recommendations? Somewhere in the 200-300 range...

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January 24, 2011 5:03:35 AM

I can think of 1 noticeable place where 2gb helps me on 1920x1200. That's in Dirt 2 in the LA stadium due to the massive crowd size it made a 1.2gb card become a slide show, but my 2gb runs it well.

It seems to help a little at the end of the Dragon Age origins expansion as well. Otherwise, I don't believe I'm gaining anything with 2gb's now.

That's not to say that games coming out in the next year won't be able to use it more.
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January 24, 2011 5:05:48 AM

bystander said:
I can think of 1 noticeable place where 2gb helps me on 1920x1200. That's in Dirt 2 in the LA stadium due to the massive crowd size it made a 1.2gb card become a slide show, but my 2gb runs it well.

It seems to help a little at the end of the Dragon Age origins expansion as well. Otherwise, I don't believe I'm gaining anything with 2gb's now.

That's not to say that games coming out in the next year won't be able to use it more.

That certainly makes sense. I want it to still play games well into 2 years from now, the reason for the 2gb of VRAM.
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January 24, 2011 5:19:22 AM

If the two are priced close to each other, the 6950 is the obvious choice due to it's improved feature set. But the 5870 is still a great performer.
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 5:23:38 AM

anything a 5870 can do, a 6950 can do better.
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January 24, 2011 5:25:25 AM

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January 24, 2011 5:26:25 AM

I just saw some benches. The 6950 will perform better. Besides I want to use the morphological aa. Hope it's worth the premium!
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January 24, 2011 6:15:21 AM

the 6950 beats the 5870 in performance ..but just a bit ..not too much ..so two 5870s will definitely outperform a single 6950 ..but a 6950 is little cheaper ..so ..yeah ..I would go for it ..hell ..I am getting it ..
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a c 271 U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 10:10:05 AM

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