I have one 6870 now, its the regular Sapphire one. I downloaded the bf3 beta and my performance wasnt that great (phenom ii x4 965 @ stock speeds) And I recently got something from newegg and now the xfx 6870 is on sale so would I notice a large performance increase? And should i get another sapphire or an xfx?
I also have a hyper 212+ as I originally planned for a bit of overclocking but then my computer after OC to 3.8Ghz booted with a "Bad overclock" message so yeah I stopped after that. My motherboard auto does the voltages so I didn't have to worry about that so I just changed the multiplier
lol well theres your problem yea that cooler will be fine... but you have to spend time learning how to overclock yourself properly that's why it failed. I am sure if you do it properly you can hit around 3.8ghz just fine.
Anyways I say go ahead and buy the 6870, and see how it goes. And since your board is AM3+ if you need to , once bulldozer comes out you may want to upgrade your cpu
Since the first is a reference design, you could get what ever model you like. Just place is in the second slot (the reference design pulls in air from the end).
There are 1gb and 2gb models (the later being more expensive), if you are gaming at less than 2560X1600 you probably do not need the 2gb, but that is your choice.
You should see a signifigant performance increase in most games. If you can OC your CPU you will get even more. Best case senario, you will see 90+% better framerates, but not all games scale well with Xfire.
then I'd get the sapphire one still, read every single review on that xfx model they all complain about it being too loud and getting hot. Believe me , otherwise your next thread in a couple weeks will be "crossfire 6870s , card overheating" lol i hope it doesn't turn out that way... but yea