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Old August 6, 2011, 05:41 AM
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Default 6850 crossfire, overkill?

I have a chance to get a really good deal on another (used) 6850. The monitor I use now has a max resolution of 1680x1050. I'm now thinking that crossfired 6850's would be overkill at that resolution, and am wondering if I'll really notice a difference. I don't plan on getting a new monitor anytime soon.

Of course, the geek and gamer in me wants to get it anyways, just to play with crossfire, and hopefully max out all options (aa, etc) .

I've come here to see if I get encouraged to go for it, or discouraged, by neutral parties ;)
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Old August 6, 2011, 07:35 AM
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well, yes it is overkill, but dont let that nessecarily stop you, i encourage you to buy a new monitor if you do get another 6850, doesnt have to be immediate, but you will be pleased when you step up to 1920X1080, or 1920X1200, back to the cards, if you have the chance for a great deal and its something you want to explore, do it. it is advisable to check your motherboard to make sure it supports 8x/8x pci-e lanes, otherwise it could potentially be pointless to get another card.
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Old August 6, 2011, 08:57 AM
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or sell your 6850 and use that extra cash and get a 6950? :)
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If I stuffed two GPUs in my system with its 1680x1050 monitor I'd just fold on the other card

It depends if you want to turn up the settings on the inefficient games or games designed for "enthusiast" graphics or not. I wouldn't, but then again you're looking at the post of someone who pretty much side-stepped his GPU (4870 to GTX 550 Ti)
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Old August 6, 2011, 04:34 PM
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Not so sure about that single 6850 pulling the DX11 Crysis 2 or the upcoming BF3 maxed out... I say go for it, just for the sake of future-proofing your rig. :)
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Old August 6, 2011, 04:45 PM
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I'd say it depends on how you like to game. Personally, I don't think it's overkill at all, since I don't really like my games to dip below 50fps if I can help it. And I can think of a LOT of games that, even at your res, a single 6850 really won't cut it at. And for the high end stuff, a 6850 really isn't even close.

I agree with Dan, that selling your current GPU and running a single 6950 would be a better way to go. Especially since the out of pocket cost to you is likely going to be similar. (That's a guess, since I don't know the details of your situation.) But crossfire 6850's really wouldn't go amiss if you're looking at playing some of the more demanding titles out there.
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Old August 6, 2011, 04:55 PM
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IMHO I would get another 6850 even at your res if the price was right.
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Old August 8, 2011, 05:17 PM
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I thought you guys might talk me out upgrading, should have known better

It is a good deal, and covered by xfx's double lifetime warranty, so i'd get a cheap 6850 still under warranty. I think I'll go for it! Thanks guys
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Old August 8, 2011, 07:22 PM
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If u were buying new ..it would be diff...but the way u.presented seems like u have half a mind to do the right thing
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No it isnt overkill, i have a 460 (about the same as a 6850) and in some games at that res it struggles to push past 40FPS.
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