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Solved: Simple Question for a GPU/Graphic Enthusiast

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Cptkyle789, Jun 25, 2011.

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  1. Cptkyle789

    Cptkyle789 Thread Starter

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    I'm looking forward to getting myself a better, newer graphics card.
    I was hoping to max out Battlefield 3 & Modern Warfare 3 on a 1680x1050 20" widescreen monitor, but you know maybe soon someday go to 1920x1080 or 1920x1200.

    For convenience here's my system:

    AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb Black Edition 3.0~Ghz
    Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P
    4 GB of DDR2
    Two 1-Terabyte HDD's running in Raid0 (for a 2-terabyte machine)
    Corsair 750TX PSU
    Nvidia GeForce N9800GT

    TL;DR. I need to decide on a AMD video card (I can't do SLI on my mobo) to play games at maximum settings, smoothly. I play a lot of competitive gaming and I want the ATI 6850's in CrossFireX, but at the same time I thought of the 6950.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ATI/Radeon_HD_6850_CrossFire/4.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6970-radeon-hd-6950-cayman,2818-18.html

    I hear the 6850's in CrossfireX are much better than a single 6950, but apparently the 6950 runs almost 40 frames faster in Bad Company 2? Beings Battlefield 3 will run on an engine like BC2's, I'm thinking the 6950 would be a better choice. I'm trying to keep it at $300 or lower here. I really can't decide. I want more frames, and higher settings. Please help!
     
  2. crjdriver

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    I would go with a single 6950 card. IMO sli/crossfire is nothing more than a gimmick to sell more cards. The tech is NOT new; in fact it dates from the late 90s when FX was making multiple gpus on a single card.

    One of my systems uses that exact same board with a 955; very good mb. Do make sure you have the latest release bios since it improves ahci.
     
  3. Cptkyle789

    Cptkyle789 Thread Starter

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    Yes I heard the 6950 is also better at DX11; that's probably what I'll go for and when they're cheaper I'll add another for fun!
     
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