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6950 vs 7850

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September 26, 2012 11:24:21 PM

Hey everyone,

As the title says, i'm trying to decide between the 6950 or the 7850.
Both are about the same price. these are the cards i was looking at :

sapphire radeon hd 6950 2gb,
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Asus radeon hd 7850 2gb,
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I know the 7850 is more power efficient, smaller, newer and that stock vs stock it beats the 6950.
But the 6950 i mentioned has a 2nd bios with the shaders unlocked, included with the card :D  .
So the question is more 6970 vs 7850 and stock vs stock, the 6970 wins (but consumes a lot more power).
I would use the card mostly for gaming (battlefield 3, Crysis 2, Dirt 3...) on a 720p TV.
The first thing that made me consider the 6950 is the 7xxx issues with dolphin emulator (something i use a lot) :( 
I know that a 6970/7850 is overkill for gaming at 720p right now but i'm going to keep card as long as i can.

Thanks a lot for your help :) 

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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 11:28:59 PM

7850 because it's newer and i think it preforms better than the 6950
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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2012 11:31:15 PM

yea it does perform better than the hd 6950 but i go for the one thats cheaper
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September 26, 2012 11:33:55 PM

If you don't plan on doing any overclocking, then go with the shader unlockable 6950 as it will outperform a 7850 with the shaders unlocked.

That being said, if you are power conscious at all an unlocked 6950 uses like 50% more power for the same performance at the 7850. Both are excellent cards though and you can't go wrong with either one really.
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September 27, 2012 12:10:22 AM

dalethepcman said:
That being said, if you are power conscious at all an unlocked 6950 uses like 50% more power for the same performance at the 7850. Both are excellent cards though and you can't go wrong with either one really.

Yeah, i think you're right. Maybe not enough difference (except for power consumption) to worry about it.
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