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HD 6870 to HD 7850 worth it?

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a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2012 4:41:06 PM

I bought an HD 6870 back in January for about $175. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's still the exact same price, even after all the new generation cards are out.
I was just browsing through Newegg thinking it would be great to have a GTX 660 or HD 7850 with 2GB VRAM because I play Crysis, Warhead, and Crysis 2 with mods that use 1000MB or more, even at 1440x900. (Crysis 2's best mod - MaldoHD 4.0 is going to release in October sometime, and it's said to be even more demanding than the 3.0 mod that I love so much.)
And I saw this card for $185: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
My jaw dropped because that is an amazing cooler and 2GB VRAM + muscle to run all my games at 50+fps on Ultra (vs. the 40+fps I'm getting now.)
Plus, GCN can handle tessellation and other DX11 features much better than my current card, and with MaldoHD 4.0 and Crysis 3 coming up, I'll need that. (Also, newer games are sucking up more and more VRAM...)
I know there's only about a 25% performance boost moving to that card, but if I can sell my current card at about $160, that's a heck of a boost for only $25 out of my pocket...

Thoughts?

(P.S. - my specs are in my signature)

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a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2012 5:03:02 PM

If you can sell your card, it's worth it. If not, then just wait for the next generation.
September 28, 2012 5:03:46 PM

My opinion? Keep the 6870. The difference between 40fps and 50fps is minor.
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September 28, 2012 5:41:24 PM

I have the 7850, it's very nice but I recommend that you wait till the next generation. I've heard on numerous websites that the next 8850 will be as powerful as the gtx680 (just a rumor that I've heard) while still being around 200-300$ like the 7850 (I paid 300$ for it because I live in a hellhole of a country with 25% VAT)
a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2012 11:34:12 PM

My thoughts too. I was really revved up about that $25 price drop, but I think another year won't be too painful. The leaked specs on the HD 8850 look amazing, especially the pricetag.

I am pretty impressed with the GTX 660, too - despite that darn memory bus...
Maybe the GTX 760 will look better.
Maybe I'll also get a 1080p monitor for Xmas.
And an i5.

And a Boss 302...

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a b U Graphics card
September 29, 2012 12:52:16 AM
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At your present resolution, keep your 6870. Save up for later.
a b U Graphics card
October 2, 2012 6:53:45 PM

Nevermind, it was a temporary sale I guess...
a b U Graphics card
October 2, 2012 6:55:40 PM

Best answer selected by jessterman21.
May 27, 2013 5:12:15 AM

jessterman21 said:
I bought an HD 6870 back in January for about $175. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's still the exact same price, even after all the new generation cards are out.
I was just browsing through Newegg thinking it would be great to have a GTX 660 or HD 7850 with 2GB VRAM because I play Crysis, Warhead, and Crysis 2 with mods that use 1000MB or more, even at 1440x900. (Crysis 2's best mod - MaldoHD 4.0 is going to release in October sometime, and it's said to be even more demanding than the 3.0 mod that I love so much.)
And I saw this card for $185: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
My jaw dropped because that is an amazing cooler and 2GB VRAM + muscle to run all my games at 50+fps on Ultra (vs. the 40+fps I'm getting now.)
Plus, GCN can handle tessellation and other DX11 features much better than my current card, and with MaldoHD 4.0 and Crysis 3 coming up, I'll need that. (Also, newer games are sucking up more and more VRAM...)
I know there's only about a 25% performance boost moving to that card, but if I can sell my current card at about $160, that's a heck of a boost for only $25 out of my pocket...

Thoughts?

(P.S. - my specs are in my signature)


why not just get another 6870 and run them in Crossfire
!