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Upgrade from 6850 to 6950 worth it?

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June 13, 2012 6:59:08 PM

This is purely a question based on a sale and impulse. Right now, I have the Gigabyte Radeon 6850:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Right now the 6950 is at a pretty nice-looking price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I can sell off my 6850 for roughly what I bought it for (if I include the Dirt 3 pass from the new card, since I already own the game) and I'll just be putting in another 50 bucks for the 6950.
The reasoning behind it is that, in terms of upgrading for the future, I was planning on eventually getting another 6850 to run in crossfire. It seemed like the cheapest way, but I'm not sure if I want to deal with the problems that some people complain having with crossfire. So, would the performance increase be worth it to get the 6950 for an extra 50 bucks, and lend me a little more time before I need to upgrade again?

I play games like Skyrim and do some video editing. Nothing too intensive, but I don't want to be hindered if I do get into some more demanding programs.

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a b U Graphics card
June 13, 2012 7:07:36 PM

For $50 yea, that's a good upgrade.

That dirt3 card has a great cooler on it also. Should have some good overclocking headroom there. Quiet too. Plus you get BF3 which is nice, if you were planning on getting that.
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June 13, 2012 7:17:17 PM

blade061188 said:
For $50 yea, that's a good upgrade.

That dirt3 card has a great cooler on it also. Should have some good overclocking headroom there. Quiet too. Plus you get BF3 which is nice, if you were planning on getting that.


Yeah, BF3 is a nice addition and also the card I have can barely be overclocked, since there's some sort of factory limit on it...I forgot exactly what it was, but yeah you can't overclock the gigabyte much.

Also, just to get this straight once and for all:
Are Nvidia cards better suited to Intel processors and AMD cards better suited to AMD processors?
Is there that much of a difference, because I have the 2500k.
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a b U Graphics card
June 13, 2012 7:22:44 PM

Doesn't make a difference which brand your CPU is.

Your GPU performance and your CPU performance are separate. As long as you have a good enough CPU (which you do) your games will be GPU limited, and whichever GPU you have, be it AMD or nVidia will perform as well as it is able.
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June 13, 2012 7:38:01 PM

Thanks, I think I'm going for it before I change my mind.
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a b U Graphics card
June 13, 2012 7:42:36 PM

Enjoy! 6950 is a great card especially for that price.

If you are done here, please select a best answer so the mods close the thread.

Thanks!
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June 13, 2012 7:49:51 PM

Haha, yeah I know. I tried a few times already to select the best answer, but it hasn't worked. We'll see if it works this time.
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June 13, 2012 7:50:42 PM

Best answer selected by Luxio.
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a b U Graphics card
June 13, 2012 7:54:20 PM

hah, sure. Lots of new members don't close their threads when they are done.

Didn't mean to assume you didn't know, but it doesn't hurt to double check. Good luck with your new card!
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June 14, 2012 12:45:08 AM

blade061188 said:
hah, sure. Lots of new members don't close their threads when they are done.

Didn't mean to assume you didn't know, but it doesn't hurt to double check. Good luck with your new card!


Actually, I may need to learn how to re-open a thread, haha, because I just found this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That seems like a pretty insane price for a card that is much better than the 6950 according to this:
http://videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

Pretty sure my order already shipped, but I can return it. (It's newegg! They'll take it back :na:  )
Only thing I would be losing is the Battlefield 3.....and this new card seems to run pretty hot, but it has a huge percentage of good reviews and is insanely cheap.
Worth it to get this instead?
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a b U Graphics card
June 14, 2012 12:56:36 AM

It is a good card. I have personally owned the Dirt3 6950 and can tell you it cool and really quiet. That 480 has pretty standard reference cooler noise/heat. If you're ok with that, you would probably be happy with the 480.

Here's a more direct bench comparison
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/293?vs=309
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June 14, 2012 1:08:43 AM

Yeah, I think I'm just being paranoid with searching up video card deals. I'd rather have a cool stable card, so I'll stick with the 6950 and avoid the hassle and wait of shipping it back. Thanks! - I promise this is my last post.
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June 14, 2012 2:23:33 AM

i dont see much performance boost, all your gonna get is a 30% increase and id prefer a sapphire 7850 and overlock it to 7870 levels, thats a better deal and at least get double the performance with the same Power consumption
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June 14, 2012 3:11:42 AM

dosdecarnitas said:
i dont see much performance boost, all your gonna get is a 30% increase and id prefer a sapphire 7850 and overlock it to 7870 levels, thats a better deal and at least get double the performance with the same Power consumption


Yeah, but I'm going on a a budget where I can barely afford the 6950 after selling my current card.
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June 14, 2012 4:53:04 AM

6850 -> 7950 is more like the upgrade you should be going for.
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June 14, 2012 5:43:08 AM

mf2385 said:
6850 -> 7950 is more like the upgrade you should be going for.


Haha, like I've already said I'm not throwing money around here. I saw a small upgrade for a decent price and jumped on it. I'm not spending $400 on a video card.
This thread is CLOSED. Problem solved.
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June 14, 2012 7:52:26 AM

mmm then why dont overclock the most. as i remember on a 6850 i adjusted it to CORE 920Mhz and MEM 1150 voltage to 1231mv with the sapphire trixx utility, just remember to put the fan a little more sensitive, i think it be better to save until you can buy something in the range of a 7870 to make the spending convenient
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June 14, 2012 1:39:31 PM

dosdecarnitas said:
mmm then why dont overclock the most. as i remember on a 6850 i adjusted it to CORE 920Mhz and MEM 1150 voltage to 1231mv with the sapphire trixx utility, just remember to put the fan a little more sensitive, i think it be better to save until you can buy something in the range of a 7870 to make the spending convenient


As I said before, I have the gigabyte 6850 which is already slightly factory overclocked, but it has some sort of limit on it. I can't OC it much past what it already is at, it's much less than what a normal 6850 can reach. I don't really understand the technicalities all that much, but it explains it after the second heading on this page:
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
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