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HD 6870 1GB vs. HD 6950 1GB - which one is worth the money

By Atham
Jul 30, 2011
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  1. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Thanks for the clarification boss. :)

    And a few more facts learned in the process.. Your like a walking IT dictionary dude! :D

    Totally agree.. I was actually very disappointed with my GTX460 1GB GS.
  2. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    Don't get me wrong i have a gtx 470 with a very nice overclock but the gtx 460 is basically a gtx 285 with higher clock frequencies. you need a little step up from the gtx 460 and that's where the AMD 6870 comes in and even the 6950 there all great video cards that get there job done the 6870 and 6950 being the better of them.
  3. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    6950 2GB might go in CF. Maybe I will get one now and the other one for Christmas or something. That would kick any game in the ****.

    Isn't there a benchmark for this vs the 6990 on the Techspot forums? If not, would the 6950 2GB in CF compare well with the 6990?
  4. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    it will be very similar to the 6990 since its basically 2 6950 in crossfire.
  5. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,839   +672

    In the interest of completeness, I'd add that this is a snapshot of gaming today. Most games are developed and designed to run on the common (for now) 256Mb memory bus and 1GB of vRAM. Skip back 2-3 years and for the most part, 512MB was the standard for enthusiast cards, and 1GB was seen as excess to a degree. As the base level of the cards improves, so generally does the entry level of the games- a 512MB frame buffer in modern games usually gets found out quite quickly in 2011...so maybe, 1+GB vRAM becomes de rigueur in a couple of years (as does a wider memory bus 320, 384, 448, 512Mb etc.), but at the moment, the number of games that become vRAM constrained before they become CPU/GPU limited isn't that significant...if it were, then the 3GB versions of cards such as the GT 545 would be flying off the shelves.
  6. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    So which card is better out of these two:
    • MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC
    • Sapphire HD 6950 2GB dirt 3 edition

    Which one is "worth the money more"
  7. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    I'd go with the MSI over the Sapphire, but isn't it the same two (out of the 3) you previously asked about? In which case, the answer would be the same as last time.
  8. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    Why would you go with the MSI? It says that it sends the warm air straight into the case or something, through those fans. My case has no fans.
  9. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    sapphire makes great cards as does msi its really up to you we can't decide for you.
  10. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    I wish you could decide for me! The MSI one's power consumption when on full load is a bit high.
    Can't decide.
  11. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    either of the cards you posted will spill hot air into the system so it really comes down to which card you like i prefer MSi since i run an msi motherboard and video card.
     
  12. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    I prefer the MSI as it looks nicer, has a extra display connector, and is clocked higher.
  13. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    Okay, so the MSI one it is. Know I have to wait 'til my birthday or something.

    Thank you all for your suggestions. If you have anymore suggestions PM me. Thread can be locked.


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