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July 23, 2012 3:42:11 AM

I am going to buy a HD 6850 CF

I already have one and i heard it performs about the same as a GTX 580,

My only concern is how bad is the micro-studdering going to be?
my specs
CPU-FX-8120
GPU-HD 6850
RAM-8GB DDR3
PSU-850W corsair enthusiast series

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a c 106 U Graphics card
July 23, 2012 3:46:49 AM

how "bad" the stuttering is is dependent to preference. some people dont mind it, others think its bad. for instance ill use an example, the intel stock cooler. some people dont mind the noise it makes and it doesn't make much noise, others dont like it and prefer to replace it with even a cheap cpu cooler just to rid of the fan noise.
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a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2012 3:47:34 AM

well you still will only have 1GB of vram so micro stuttering is gonna show up when you start to run out of vram
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a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2012 3:48:19 AM

I have a very similar system, the only difference is I have HD 6870's in CF and I have 16GB of RAM (not relevant). I hardly notice micro suttering at all and it performs very well. The only issue I've ran into just recently is being limited by 1GB VRAM, but the only game that I play that eats up Vram is BF3 and I can still run on very high/ultra custom settings.
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a c 121 U Graphics card
July 23, 2012 3:49:24 AM

Microstuttering is most visible on midrange cards that have no business being put in crossfire or SLI at all. The 6800+ and 7800+ work wonderfully in Crossfire when Crossfire actually works.
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July 23, 2012 3:55:18 AM

well that is reassuring... thank you for replying

also what setting affects the vram?
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a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2012 3:59:05 AM

The graphics settings for the game. Like "Ultra" or "Very High"
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a c 106 U Graphics card
July 23, 2012 4:02:49 AM

PanicMaster85 said:
well that is reassuring... thank you for replying

also what setting affects the vram?


Resolution is the first, graphical density(quality) is the other. the third one that is less mentioned is field of range, field of range in which your gpu is calculating the actions on the current map largley play a factor in vram usage. Most games will not use over 1 gb of vram except when you get into games that are either heavy on quality or have a long field of vision(prominent examples would be skyrim and battlefield 3) which can go past 1gb and usually hit around 1.2-1.5gb vram at times.
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July 23, 2012 4:02:51 AM

hmm so is there anything is the advance options that i can turn down like aa?
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July 23, 2012 4:10:20 AM

It can get really bad, but some people just don't notice it so much. It'd probably better to hold off and wait for the gtx 660 and get a good single card solution.
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July 23, 2012 4:13:44 AM

yeah i was thinking about getting a 7850 but i would have to wait a while before buying it. does GTA IV use a lot of v-ram?
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a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2012 3:26:45 PM

PanicMaster85 said:
yeah i was thinking about getting a 7850 but i would have to wait a while before buying it. does GTA IV use a lot of v-ram?

Yea, But its more about GPU torque than vram.. I still recommend having 1.5gb of vram
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a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2012 3:53:37 PM

PanicMaster85 said:
well that is reassuring... thank you for replying

also what setting affects the vram?


Another thing that affects VRAM is the number of monitors and resolution you use. Personally, I prefer two monitors @ 1920x1080. That would be murder on CF 6850s while gaming.
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a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2012 4:28:45 PM

Well if you sell ur old card on ebay you will have plenty to get a single good gpu.Much smarter
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July 23, 2012 6:47:32 PM

that is what I was thinking...

I run on one 1920x1080

This will last me about a year and then im going to get a VERY nice grpahics card(saving up for a 600-700one depending on what is out) but until then I just like you said want a gpu that can play games like butter...

also if i turn down one setting in the settings will that reduce the v-ram usage.
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