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2GB 5870 vs. 2GB 6950

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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    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. anything a 5870 can do, a 6950 can do better.
  5. Best answer selected by wigglerthefish.
  6. I just saw some benches. The 6950 will perform better. Besides I want to use the morphological aa. Hope it's worth the premium!
  7. 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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