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Keep my H.I.S. 5870 Turbo V or do I upgrade to Sapphire 6950 2gb

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March 11, 2012 10:31:21 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: USD $175-270 before rebates
FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming: Arkham City, BF3, Skyrim, Metro 2033, Folding@Home, home theater/watching movies

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: H.I.S. 5870 turbo v and Seasonic Gold 750w PSU

Hello Tom's Hardware!!

Need some advice and this community helped me picked my gaming rig last year!!!
It's Awesome rigby the way! :love:  :love:  Thanks.
Here the situation: Currently, I have the H.I.S. 5870 Turbo V. and was thinking of upgrading to 6950 2gb by Sapphire
because I can buy open box for $210 from Microceenter?

Should I purchase the Sapphire 6950 2gb card and sell the 5870 for about $190? or do i wait for the new AMD 7870?
Maybe one of theses AMD 7000 series cards:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/03/04/amd_radeon_hd...

Haven't seen anything on the Nvidia front.
Any sound advice and comments welcomed!!
Thanks again community. :)  :) 
Willi

SYSTEM SPECS:

Case: Corsair 600t
CPU: intel 2500k
Cpu cooler: Thermaltake Frio
Mobo: ASUS p8p67 rev. 3.0
Ram: 8gb OCZ ddr3 1600 1.65v downclocked to ddr3 1333 1.5 v worried that the 1.65 voltage will hurt motherboard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Microcenter, Newegg, Amazon. I just NCIX would be okay.. (never purchase from them before.)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States Minnesota

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to stick to AMD cards because of power consumption but if someone can provide solid information on Nvidia I will be open to purchasing!sX card, prefer XFX cards over Sapphire cards, etc., tell us)

OVERCLOCKING: Definitely Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: VIZIO E320vp Hdtv 1920x1080 @60, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just want to play BF3 game on ultra settings. Work like a two fan cooling or better cooling for overclocking
March 11, 2012 11:38:17 PM

I would wait for one of the 7000 series cards personally, both the HD 7850 and HD 7870 look very good.
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March 12, 2012 12:01:49 AM

What game do you play that a 5870 is not keeping up? Anyways, a 6950 is a minor upgrade to the 5870m so it would be a waste of money. A 7870 will probably be a significant enough of an upgrade, if you can afford it.
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March 12, 2012 12:05:07 AM

5870 = 6950, basically. Aim at least for 7870 or you won't notice any difference...
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March 12, 2012 12:19:10 AM

It would not be a worthwhile upgrade. The card will still be good for quite a few years. The 7870 looks alright, but your 5870 should be able to eat most games out there for breakfast.
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March 12, 2012 8:50:18 AM

vilenjan said:
What game do you play that a 5870 is not keeping up? Anyways, a 6950 is a minor upgrade to the 5870m so it would be a waste of money. A 7870 will probably be a significant enough of an upgrade, if you can afford it.

I upgraded to new catalyst drivers and used driver sweeper to clean out remnants.
When I began using the computer again and played BF3 framerates dropped from 80 fps to 35 fps.
Framerates dropped a little in other games as well.
Also the overdrive in CCC was unavailable. I have tried several solutions to rectify the problems.

Uninstalled and reinstalled drivers through Add/remove under program and features several times.
Uninstalled through device manager.
Did startup repair from recovery console and still no access to amd override selection in AMD CCC.

So I thought it might be time to get a new card.
since the 5870 was over 2 years old. Thought maybe new games had caught up to the processing speeds of GPU.

So I should keep the 5870??
Thanks.
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March 12, 2012 8:52:34 AM

Thanks everyone for the great advice. I should keep the AMD 5870??
Do you think the 7870 will be worth upgrading to or should I wait til next year to upgrade GPU ??
Willi
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March 12, 2012 4:05:23 PM

I would wait. I personnally play BF3 with a 5870 with all settings on High (0x AA and high post AA or whatever its called, motion blur and the last setting both @ off) at 1080p and I've never seen my fps drop below 55, even in 64 players outdoor maps. My card is reference design and not overclocked (850/1200). Game looks gorgeous and plays flawlessly.

I personally see no need to upgrade since BF3 is the most demanding game I play and what I currently get is enough for me.
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March 13, 2012 1:22:50 AM

Best answer selected by willi924.
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March 13, 2012 1:48:07 AM

vilenjan said:
What game do you play that a 5870 is not keeping up? Anyways, a 6950 is a minor upgrade to the 5870m so it would be a waste of money. A 7870 will probably be a significant enough of an upgrade, if you can afford it.



Seriously? 5870m????? 5870 to 6950 is about a 10% jump and the 6950 has better tessalation, and the 6950 scales in CF infinitely better.

But the mobile series 5870? That thing is about the power of a 5750 tops.

I had an Asus G73J (5870m GPU) and build a Destop with a 6950 and the difference was staggering.

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