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February 22, 2012 9:11:49 PM

Hey guys, so my Sapphire HD 6950 dirt 3 edition card stopped working and I sent it into newegg for an RMA. They just emailed me back saying it is out of stock and offered me an XFX 6950 2gb card as a replacement. They said I can either pick that or get a refund. What I'm trying to decide is 1) accept their replacement and possibly add another 6950 for crossfire OR 2) take the refund and just get a new 7950. Which would be the better option? I have 3 23" monitors in eyefinity for gaming with an Intel Core i5 2500k. What would you do and why? Thanks!

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a c 92 U Graphics card
February 22, 2012 9:14:38 PM

7950 would be better because you are already thinking about crossfire.
February 22, 2012 9:16:54 PM

yeah but 7950 crossfire is way out of my budget anytime soon. 6950 crossfire or 7950 are close enough in price
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February 22, 2012 9:21:09 PM

Crossfire in my opinion is a bad idea with the 1 extra frame of lag added and microstutter. But to each his own. I personally don't like eyefinity so I'd sell the 2 extra monitors and use that cash to buy a gtx 680 when it comes out :p .
a b U Graphics card
February 22, 2012 9:28:20 PM

Hmmm I would say you should get them to get two 2gb 6950s... when I was running two they ran great. Better than a 7970 in any case, and I havent had any microstuttering.

And the two 6950s would show their power more than a 7950 in Eyefinity - my three are getting 130-150 fps in BF3 multiplayer over three screens, although I dont game over three often.

If you can, try to grab a sapphire Toxic as your second card and chuck it in the top, it'll run much cooler, if a little louder.