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6850 crossfire vs 7850

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May 1, 2012 9:12:02 PM

Hello, I currently have a 6850 and I'm thinking I could either buy another one and have them in CF or I could buy a 7850, which one will be better?

Current pc specs
Corsair 600w psu (don't know the model number)
Sapphire 6850
And phenom x6 1090T
Sabertooth 990FX motherboard
4gb ddr3 1086 (its 10 something, I forget)

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May 1, 2012 9:21:08 PM

6850 CF would be more powerful. 7850 would have some nice features, but 2 6850s beat it for sure performance-wise; I'd say go for cf.
May 1, 2012 9:48:07 PM

If you CF you might need a new PSU depending on the model of your corsair PSU. I would go with the single card solution since it is more simple.

what games are you playing?
What is your budget? could you sell the 6850 and get something better than the 7850?
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May 2, 2012 9:55:41 AM

My psu isn't the greatest psu but it's still fairly good, I didn't go cheap on that, plus my motherboard is energy efficient, it was advertised as being 90% energy efficient and said most other motherboards are only 60%.

It terms of money I can get another 6850 for about £100, or sell mine for like £70 and buy a 7850 for like £190, I don't want a 7870 because I would rather go for a 7950, it's one of those things where if I'm going to spend a bit more on a better GPU I might aswell spend a bit more on an even better one. But that's about £300, currently my budget enough for a 6850, or sell my 6850 and use the money to buy a 7850.

The games I have now aren't too demanding, I can play mw3 on max settings (1080p), with 70-120fps (vsync turned off), however I'm looking at getting bf3, plus now games generally are becoming more demanding I thinking I could do with an upgrade. I was thinking 7850 since it has 2gb of gram and the 6850 has 1gb, so when it comes to things like bf3 the FPS can drop quite a bit when there's a lot going on.

Keeping in mind if I get a 7850 I can always buy another one, but if I get another 6850, when it comes time to upgrade, I will have to buy another gpu entirely.
a c 84 U Graphics card
May 2, 2012 10:18:21 AM

going for crossfire hd 6850 will save up your money and will give better performance but in cf or sli in most games there are problems going for an single better card with high performance will be an good upgrade then that cf.:) 
a b U Graphics card
May 2, 2012 10:34:31 AM

Raccooon said:
I was thinking 7850 since it has 2gb of gram and the 6850 has 1gb, so when it comes to things like bf3 the FPS can drop quite a bit when there's a lot going on.

Keeping in mind if I get a 7850 I can always buy another one, but if I get another 6850, when it comes time to upgrade, I will have to buy another gpu entirely.

Totally agree. It is true that 2x6850 is more powerful than a single 7850 but that's it. No more room for expansion.
Whereas you can still go up the ladder with the 7850 by getting a 2nd one when you got the funds.
June 29, 2012 12:20:32 AM

well i was going to cfx my 6850 but these days im stuck no extra cash with upgrade i did to this pc. i wanted to do what you are doing i need to sell some parts now so i can
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June 29, 2012 12:34:55 AM

Raccooon said:
It terms of money I can get another 6850 for about £100, or sell mine for like £70 and buy a 7850 for like £190, I don't want a 7870 because I would rather go for a 7950, it's one of those things where if I'm going to spend a bit more on a better GPU I might aswell spend a bit more on an even better one. But that's about £300, currently my budget enough for a 6850, or sell my 6850 and use the money to buy a 7850.


or get close to a 7870 for £10 more than a 7850
EVGA 1280MB GeForce GTX 570 £202.28 Inc VAT
a c 99 U Graphics card
June 29, 2012 2:03:19 AM

I'd get a 7850, so you can crossfire it later.
April 25, 2013 4:42:53 AM

I know this is long since dead but what is with these BS 'don't go with crossfire because a single card is better and will allow you to crossfire in the future' answers? You guys probably said that when he upgraded to the 6850 and will probably say it again when he's thinking of crossfiring the 7850. Don't talk BS about future crossfiring possibilities if part of your argument is that you don't like crossfire.
April 29, 2013 12:17:20 AM

Dude just get another 6850...all the best games work in crossfire pretty good..except for Skyrim which may have slight stutter sometime. That should last you a couple more years seriously. Then you can save up for a new card and sell the old ones on ebay. Just look on youtube at what 6850's crossfire can do.
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