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Upgrade from Sapphire HD4850 Toxic

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August 23, 2011 10:09:57 PM

Hi, I have a sapphire HD4850 toxic, and Im looking for an upgrade. I was eying the HD6950 Toxic. Its around 240€.

Then I stumbled upon http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-performance-...
where 2x HD4850 are listed in the same tier as the 6950.

What do you say, should I buy another 4850 for 45€ and make a crossfire system? Or is DirectX 11 worth the "real" upgrade?

Thanks for any tips!
a b U Graphics card
August 23, 2011 11:14:53 PM

It depends on what games you play. If they use DX11 then the 6950 may be worth the money. Otherwise the second 4850 should be fine and save you a lot of Euros.
a c 104 U Graphics card
August 23, 2011 11:21:44 PM

Is your PSU and MOBO up to it anyway ?
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August 24, 2011 11:47:03 AM

I have Asus P5E3 deluxe MB. The PSU has to be changed soon anyway...so thats not an issue :) 

Other system specs
4GB (KIT 2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz PC10666 CL6-6-6-18 OCZ Reaper HPC Edition
INTEL Core 2 Duo E8500 - 3,16GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 6MB cache
OCZ Vetrex 2 SSD
a c 104 U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 12:17:02 PM

Looking at the future with more and more DX11 games you will be better off with the 6950 but it's really up to you if you are willing to pay the extra bucks for that. If you have the money go for it. Not sure if the CPU won't bottleneck.
August 24, 2011 12:31:27 PM

Is there a change of generations coming soon? like 28nm GPUs?

If so, then Ill probably wait for it and then change everything. The CPU is probably on the edge with the 6950 (factory overclocked).

Thanks for any input! I have been absent from reading GPU related stuff since I bought the 4850 a few years ago, so Im catching up :) 
a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 12:47:18 PM

Continue use with the Radeon 4850 sometime until Radeon HD 7000 28nm arrives. Then you get massive performance boost over your Radeon 4850.
August 24, 2011 4:25:21 PM

Well, I certainly hope the article I referred to is wrong. Granted, Lenzfire may not be a reliable source of information. Still, there may be some truth to it, which I hope is not the case.
a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2011 5:03:49 PM

personally I highly recommend going with a single card 4850 crossfire is on par with a 5850, not to mention the microstutter that you will inevitable deal with when going with a low end crossfire config, you are much better off with a single 6950 or gtx 560ti
August 24, 2011 5:43:09 PM

FanHater said:
Well, I certainly hope the article I referred to is wrong. Granted, Lenzfire may not be a reliable source of information. Still, there may be some truth to it, which I hope is not the case.


In both the articles, the source is mentioned, you could have given a look into that too. Though it's manufactured through 40nm process the architecture and other details remains the same. Only possibility, why AMD goes back to 40nm is manufacturing issue with TSMC and Global Foundaries. It's just the current scenario referred by Elaine Liao, sales Director, Powercolor. But HD 7000 series is going to be manufactured by 28nm - is the statement made by AMD officially in July.

Whom to believe, AMD or Powercolor, a close collaborator of AMD?
August 24, 2011 11:43:15 PM

This has been very informative, thanks for your opinions, I decided not to try any crossfire experiments and wait until the new line-up comes out.

thanks!!!!
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