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February 16, 2012 6:10:08 AM

Currently have a gtx 460 1gig.

I'm looking at the following two cards

1)Gigabyte GV-R687OC-1GD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.1, OC, DirectX 11, Dual DVI, Dual Mini DisplayPort, HDMI

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2)HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

The gigabyte has a higher core clock in comparison to the HIS 6950, however the HIS has higher memory clock and more vid memory in general.

Either of these cards would appear to be an upgrade, however I'm really looking for opinions/advice.

More about : 6870 6950

a b U Graphics card
February 16, 2012 6:26:46 AM

Here a benchmark http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/290?vs=293
On a 1080p resolution the diferences between then is 5-10fps depends on the game. At higher resolutions 6950 is better because it have 2GB memory.( that is good in multi monitor setup )
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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 16, 2012 6:29:00 AM

What are your full system specs?(CPU,RAM,etc.)

Usually the core clocks don't really mean much when your looking for a new card.Look towards the benchmarks and the games you play.

http://www.techspot.com/review/349-amd-radeon-6950/page...

I would suggest going for the 6950.But with the rest of AMD's 7000 series coming along any day now I would hold out and see if prices drop for the 6950.
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a b U Graphics card
February 16, 2012 6:30:20 AM

6950 kick out the 6870 easily,,,
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a c 84 U Graphics card
February 16, 2012 7:04:12 AM

hd 6950 2gb will perform better in higher resolution but for 1080p hd 6870 will be ok and for its price the hd 6870 is best bang for the buck hd 6870 performance outperform the price so it will better to go with hd 6870 and save some money if u have 1080p resolution and if higher then hd 6950 2gb well hd 6950 will be more future proof but it doesnt matter hd 6870 will be better for its price.:) 
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a b U Graphics card
February 16, 2012 7:37:11 AM

buy gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 448,also use windforce 3x and bigger VRAM than 6870 OC~
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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 16, 2012 10:43:49 AM

I would go for a 2GB card either way.More and more games are starting to use high res textures making 1GB of VRAM a bottleneck and slowing down performance.
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February 16, 2012 1:35:39 PM

purple stank said:
What are your full system specs?(CPU,RAM,etc.)

Usually the core clocks don't really mean much when your looking for a new card.Look towards the benchmarks and the games you play.

http://www.techspot.com/review/349-amd-radeon-6950/page...

I would suggest going for the 6950.But with the rest of AMD's 7000 series coming along any day now I would hold out and see if prices drop for the 6950.



AMD 1090T Hexacore BE @ Stock (3.2Ghz)
Asus M4a79xtd Evo
8gigs of Patriot Ram (Not sure the specs on it atm)
Corsair TX750w V2
Pny 460GTX 1gig
and I'm currently using a 40" 1080p Samsung as a monitor
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a c 84 U Graphics card
February 16, 2012 1:38:45 PM

for that setup hd 6950 2gb will be good and will perform better and will be good for higher resolution monitor if u think to upgrade monitor in future.:) .
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February 17, 2012 4:27:06 PM

I guess my final question is, with my current setup do you suspect any possible bottlenecks?
I'll most likely end up waiting a few more months, and build an entirely new computer. Hopefully then prices will come down a bit.
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a b U Graphics card
February 17, 2012 4:30:06 PM

No there is no bottleneck.
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February 17, 2012 4:41:50 PM

460 to 6870 isn't worth it.

460 to 6950 is.
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February 19, 2012 4:30:27 AM

internetswag said:
460 to 6870 isn't worth it.

460 to 6950 is.


What about x2 6850s?
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February 19, 2012 5:57:40 AM

Deltron01 said:
What about x2 6850s?



I wouldn't recommend crossfire 6850's over a 6950, while in games that utilize dual GPU setups properly, you'll see the 6850's perform better, the difference won't be that great and the issues dual GPU setups have just aren't worth it.

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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 19, 2012 12:30:39 PM

^+1

I recently had a 6870 crossfire and I can tell you from expereince that only the most popular games support crossfire.
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a b U Graphics card
February 19, 2012 12:50:18 PM

Go with a 6970 ;) 
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February 20, 2012 11:03:25 PM

I think I'm going wait till the 7850/7870 are released (next month?) and see what my options are then.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 20, 2012 11:36:35 PM

Yes that sounds like a very good idea.
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a c 84 U Graphics card
February 21, 2012 5:23:44 AM

yes it will be good to wait for the newer tech cards there features will be advance but if i were you then i will go for hf 6950 for now which will be an good choice because we dont how it is gonna be dissapointing or not and when the cards are launched there price is over performance that doesnt seems to be good in my opinion you should go for hd 6950 2gb or 1gb for now depends on you and upgrade it when the hd 8xxx series will come out or 7xx nvidia series.:) 
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a c 214 U Graphics card
February 21, 2012 5:33:46 AM

Yah I forgot that prices won't drop for the 7000 series until Nvidia release's their new series which ins't for a while.
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February 21, 2012 4:15:53 PM

sunnk said:
yes it will be good to wait for the newer tech cards there features will be advance but if i were you then i will go for hf 6950 for now which will be an good choice because we dont how it is gonna be dissapointing or not and when the cards are launched there price is over performance that doesnt seems to be good in my opinion you should go for hd 6950 2gb or 1gb for now depends on you and upgrade it when the hd 8xxx series will come out or 7xx nvidia series.:) 


If the 7850's performance is fairly close to a 6950s, and the price is in the same area as has been speculated. I might just go with the 7850 just due to the fact it has newer architecture.
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a c 84 U Graphics card
February 22, 2012 6:28:45 AM

kcsmacker said:
http://www.hwcompare.com/6217/radeon-hd-6870-vs-radeon-...

6950 is better. You can maybe crossfire two 6870's and that will give much more performance then both. Or you can get the 6950 and crossfire it later with another 6950 which will give you a good future proofed setup.


dont use hw compare they compare Theoretical data. :heink: 
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a c 84 U Graphics card
February 22, 2012 6:34:25 AM

@Deltron01,i dont know about the hd 7850 because they are not launched yet but i think that hd 7850 will be little bit close to the hd 6950 if u r thinking to buy hd 7850 after launch so dont go for that go for hd 6950 for now because the price of the hd 7850 will be about $250 after launch i think the cards when they are launched there price is always at the top so it will be better to go with hd 6950 and if u want more performance then buy 2gb one at the price of 1gb.:) 
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