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6950 Twin Frozer III- how much better than 5870

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Hey Folks,

I will be doing some side work in trade for a brand new MSI 6950 Twin Frozer III so I'm looking for some comments from members who have experience with these or similar

The machine in my sig currently has an HD 5870 (non-reference @ stock clocks w/Twin Turbo Pro cooler). If I do end up getting and installing this card:

- what kind of performance increase/decrease should I expect compared to the 5870
- my 5870 runs cool and nearly silent- will this card be similar
- should I just stick with the 5870 and sell the 6950 off as a brand new sealed unit
- are there any other benefits

Thanks in advance for your comments :toast:
 
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You can go either way IMHO.
I would go with the 6950 though assuming it is 2GB. Sell the 5870, you can probably nab $150. The 6950 outperforms it by about 5% on average running 50mhz slower on stock core clocks. But it is a bit more future proof.

Or you can sell the sealed 6950 for $250 ish.

Like I said, it can go either way and not be a bad choice.
 
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You can go either way IMHO.
I would go with the 6950 though assuming it is 2GB. Sell the 5870, you can probably nab $150. The 6950 outperforms it by about 5% on average running 50mhz slower on stock core clocks. But it is a bit more future proof.

Or you can sell the sealed 6950 for $250 ish.

Like I said, it can go either way and not be a bad choice.
The Twin Frozer III is factory OC'd to 850mhz and I really like the power system on it. My 5870 has the non-ref solution and no voltage adjust, etc... As far as keeping/selling, I was thinking the same

Sound card is pretty spot on with his assessment on performance: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_6950_Twin_Frozr_III/23.html

However, if you play much BF3 the extra vram will make a quite a difference. I sure wish my 5870s had 2GB.
My 5870 is 1GB as well so the 2GB on the 6950 is another plus.:)
 

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** UPDATE **

I ended up picking up the MSI 6870 Hawk.... similar to the 6950 TF III OC in PCB/VRM and cooler design. I'm figuring a performance drop of 5-10% against my 5870 but gains on power efficiency, which I consider an acceptable trade-off :toast:

I'm figuring that if I'm not happy with it I can move it to my backup rig or keep an eye out for another 6870 for crossfire (scaling is better on 6-series vs 5-series anyway)

Any thoughts?