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Urgent!!! Quick video card question!!

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November 24, 2011 5:27:04 AM

****Firstly if a rebate offer expires on 11/30 does this mean the rebate envelop *must* have a postmark of 11/30 for the rebate to be approved? From what I gather as long as you purchased the product before it expired your eligible as long as you send the rebate form in the mail in a very timely manner.*****

Just noticed I can get the Gigabyte Radeon HD6850 1GB shipped for $129.99AR. Question is should I jump on this deal now or wait until a Christmas sale.

Also how does the HD6850 compare to the 6950? 6850 in CrossfireX? If I get this card in HD6950 it would cost $249.99 Shipped while 2x of the 6850's would cost me $279.98AR (limit 1 rebate per person).

Another thing to mention is my current mobo is 8x/8x Sli/CrossfireX. The 8x pcie 2.1 bus boasts a maximum of 4,000MB's (4Gbps) and it just so happens that the HD6850 @ stock delivers 4Gbps. Now although the 8x bus only offers 4Gbps the OC version of the 6850 delivers 4.2 so the way I see it.. I'll get the absolute maximum out of my CrossfireX setup.

Another option I have is wait until there is a super steal on a 6950 card and just run single card setup (even though I think 2x 6850's would beat the 6950). Or if someone wants to share a deal on a card (all websites) that would be great!!!
a b U Graphics card
November 24, 2011 5:45:12 AM

If the rebate expires on 11/30 that almost always means it's the last day to buy it (as indicated on the receipt/invoice that you will send in). You usually have a month or so afterwards to postmark it, although the time varies so definitely read the fine print on the rebate.
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November 24, 2011 5:52:10 AM



Okay so based on that HD6850CF beats a single 6950. So I'll jump on getting two of them. Only issue that I think that might arise is my PSU might not be powerful enough to run two 6850's. Firstly the PSU only offers 2 pcie power connectors (could use the pcie y-splitter but isn't as good as having actual dual lines) secondly it's only rated at 700w with dual +12 lines @ 25A each.
November 24, 2011 7:43:44 PM

Okay so based on that HD6850CF beats a single 6950. So I'll jump on getting two of them. Only issue that I think that might arise is my PSU might not be powerful enough to run two 6850's. Firstly the PSU only offers 2 pcie power connectors (could use the pcie y-splitter but isn't as good as having actual dual lines) secondly it's only rated at 700w with dual +12 lines @ 25A each.
a b U Graphics card
November 24, 2011 9:02:18 PM

I would just go with a single 6950, and later upgrade your PSU if you want to get another. Even if your PSU could handle 2x 6850's not many people recommend it since the lower end cards have micro-stuttering issues.
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