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Crossfire 6850 or 6970?

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January 15, 2012 9:54:03 AM

All these cards are from msi, and overclocked.

Note: the 2 6850s will cost around 60 euro less then a single 6970.
Note2:I would not be getting a second gpu with 6970 or upgrading anytime soon..
Note3: I have a youtube channel and need extra gpu power to negate fraps lag.
Note4: the 2 6850s will use roughly the same power as a single 6970.
Note5: CF 6850 is quite a bit more powerful then a single 6970, I'm just wondering if there is any problems with CF or the 6850.
Note6: using single monitor, probably around 1280x800. or if these cards are overkill ill even do 1080p


6970:
MSI Radeon R6970 Lightning - 2GB
http://komplett.ie/Komplett/product/ZKB_01COM/10_GRPCAR...

6850s:
MSI Radeon R6850 Cyclone 1GD5PE - 1GB
http://komplett.ie/Komplett/product/ZKB_01COM/10_GRPCAR...

Please help me :D  I don't know if its better to have 2 or 1 of these..

thanks in advance
-Andrew

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January 15, 2012 10:01:33 AM

On 1280x800 resolution is enough 6770. If you upgrade your monitor to a fullhd buy one 6970 , in CF can be some problems.
January 15, 2012 10:37:16 AM

I know an older gpu will be sufficient for 1280x800 but I'm going future proof and I'm also going to be playing high end games like battlefield 3, with which old gpu's will strugle with on ultra settings..

So does anyone have any experience with dual 6850s?
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January 28, 2012 12:22:23 PM

vaipogaming said:
I know an older gpu will be sufficient for 1280x800 but I'm going future proof and I'm also going to be playing high end games like battlefield 3, with which old gpu's will strugle with on ultra settings..

So does anyone have any experience with dual 6850s?


in two 1week or so im going to do a crossfire myself and im going to post results
January 28, 2012 12:32:41 PM

if u want an future proof gpu then go with hd 6970 but cf hd 6850 will give more performance then single hd 6970.if u wanna save some money then buy 2 hd 6850 and crossfire it.:) 

benchmark

cf hd 6850 vs hd 6970
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/302?vs=292
January 28, 2012 3:59:04 PM

sunnk said:
if u want an future proof gpu then go with hd 6970 but cf hd 6850 will give more performance then single hd 6970.if u wanna save some money then buy 2 hd 6850 and crossfire it.:) 

benchmark

cf hd 6850 vs hd 6970
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/302?vs=292



You-the-man. Thanks. Think I'll stick with a 6970 then, but ofcourse Ima wait till the 7950 comes out to compare prices because it will probably kick the 6970 around like a rag dall. Thanks for the useful comparison site too :) 
January 28, 2012 6:14:22 PM

vaipogaming said:
You-the-man. Thanks. Think I'll stick with a 6970 then, but ofcourse Ima wait till the 7950 comes out to compare prices because it will probably kick the 6970 around like a rag dall. Thanks for the useful comparison site too :) 

This is what i would recommend
January 28, 2012 7:28:36 PM

cf 6850 is a lot more powerful than a 6970 so if you aren't going to upgrade the gpus then the 6850s are the way to go. I'd get a better monitor too. 2x 6850 is more than enough for fraps at 1080p if your cpu can handle it.
January 28, 2012 7:57:02 PM

Yeh thanks everyone, I think I'll wait for the 7950 pricing and if its too much just get a single 6970 for now. that should also be plenty for fraps @ 1080p.
BTW my cpu is gonna be a 2500k stock speed but may overclock if I feel like it later on seeing as I'm getting water cooling with it :p  Thanks everyone :) 
January 29, 2012 7:14:37 AM

for hd 7950 i will say that $400 is not big price because it performance will be more advance then the hd 6970 but for now an hd 6970 will be also good and can handle games at 1080p.:) 
January 29, 2012 10:30:50 AM

sunnk said:
for hd 7950 i will say that $400 is not big price because it performance will be more advance then the hd 6970 but for now an hd 6970 will be also good and can handle games at 1080p.:) 


I highly doubt itll be $400 tbh ;P the 7970 is 600 euro in my country xD and the 7950 is only a fraction weaker so I'd imagine it'll be around 500 euro which I'm not really planning on spending on a graphics card :p 
we'll see.

ATM I'm also considering a msi gtx570 tf3 OC edition or that msi 6970 lightning, Looking at benchmarks they are neck and neck with performance, only thing is that the 6970 has more ram. But anandtech shows the 570 to outperform the 6970 slightly at almost everything, which is quite surprising. Its too bad it cant compare cards other then the reference cards :S
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