1. Post #1
    Weltmeister's Avatar
    October 2011
    661 Posts
    So I was thinking, I want to upgrade my GPU, but I feel like getting a 6970 wouldn't be smart because I have a 6850, and if I got another one, then overclocked them both they'd hold up for a good bit of time and save me 150~ ish, and I could just wait until something like the 7970 or the 8xxx series drops in price and I can get one in a year or two. But it's just when it comes to crossfiring I'm really worried about microstuttering because I'd be totally distraught if that showed up in my games because I'm OCD as fuck. I also hear it's a real common problem thats really hard to fix, so that has me worried. Your thoughts?

    Also here are my specs if it's relevant;



    I have two 1920x1080 displays btw

  2. Post #2

    April 2011
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    Get another 6850. It probably isn't going to be worth it for you to just throw away your 6850 for another card.
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  3. Post #3
    Weltmeister's Avatar
    October 2011
    661 Posts
    Get another 6850. It probably isn't going to be worth it for you to just throw away your 6850 for another card.
    I'm just so scared of getting microstuttering D:

    Is it not as common of a problem as it seems to be made out to be?

  4. Post #4

    April 2011
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    Just try getting the 6850 and if you get microstutters then return it or something. Or Ebay it.

  5. Post #5
    Headphone doctor
    David Tennant's Avatar
    April 2010
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    What happened to the Ivy bridge/7970 Weltmeister?
    Also get a second 6850, best price:performance.

  6. Post #6
    Weltmeister's Avatar
    October 2011
    661 Posts
    I was never gonna get Ivy Bridge? Also, I'd love a 7970 but 500 bucks is just too steep right now I think. I mean, I can play most of my new games near max settings with like 25-40 FPS, so I just couldn't justify 500 bucks at the moment.

  7. Post #7
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    Shadaez's Avatar
    December 2005
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    get 6xx series nvidia in a few months
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  8. Post #8

    April 2011
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    get 6xx series nvidia in a few months
    The 6xx are going to be OEM cards.

  9. Post #9
    Weltmeister's Avatar
    October 2011
    661 Posts
    get 6xx series nvidia in a few months
    I'm good. I think I'm just getting a second 6850, I hope I don't have any microstuttering :(

  10. Post #10
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    November 2008
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    don't do it bro
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  11. Post #11
    Weltmeister's Avatar
    October 2011
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    Thanks for your sweet reasoning
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  12. Post #12
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    November 2008
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    fuck you too then

    'microstuttering'
    'don't do it'

    common sense bridges the gap
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  13. Post #13
    Weltmeister's Avatar
    October 2011
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    fuck you too then

    'microstuttering'
    'don't do it'

    common sense bridges the gap
    I doubt it happens with everyone, which is what you seem to imply.

  14. Post #14
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    November 2008
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    lol it's not like it's a random thing, it does happen to everyone with varying degrees of severity

    inherent problem with running something as high maintenance as real time graphics on parallel processors

  15. Post #15
    Weltmeister's Avatar
    October 2011
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    lol it's not like it's a random thing, it does happen to everyone with varying degrees of severity

    inherent problem with running something as high maintenance as real time graphics on parallel processors
    Then welp fuck everything my 6850 is sticking it out till I get a 7970 then

  16. Post #16
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    November 2008
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    I wouldn't rule it out completely, go to a bestbuy or something and buy a 6850 and see how it works for you

  17. Post #17
    Weltmeister's Avatar
    October 2011
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    I would if any of my local electronics stores were worth their shit, but alas they aren't and none of them have one.

  18. Post #18
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    Dennab
    April 2007
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    Go buy an nvidia card and never have any issues again
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    November 2008
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    Go buy an nvidia card and never have any issues again
    sad to say but I agree, amd's drivers are just total poop
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  20. Post #20
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    Shadaez's Avatar
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    The 6xx are going to be OEM cards.
    no, they aren't and never were going to be OEM cards

  21. Post #21
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    Dennab
    April 2007
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    no, they aren't and never were going to be OEM cards
    I heard they were, with the 700 series coming out at the same time.

  22. Post #22
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    July 2006
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    I don't know how much credence you give to TH, but they have a rule of thumb regarding how far is worth upgrading. Also, rumors about Kepler promise GTX580 performance for mid- $300 range. At the very least, AMD will have to lower its prices to compete, so I'd say you would be better off waiting the two months until release.

    EDIT:

    Actually, according to that chart I linked you, the 6970 or the second 6850 would both be noticeable upgrades, with the Crossfire solution obviously being better value. Whether you want to deal with a multi card setup is your call.

  23. Post #23
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    October 2011
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    I have 2 6870s in crossfire right now. There are no micro stuttering problems for me and i got a great increase in frame rate
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  24. Post #24
    If this helps, I sort of regret getting the 6950 instead of two cheaper 6870's as my friend did. The price hasn't really dropped for the entire year I've had this GPU, yet the 6870 has. After looking at some GPU benchmarks, there seems to be only about a 10% different in performance, and while he (my friend) has two for about $100 more than my single 6950, he has about twice the performance of my rig. If I want another 6950, it'd cost me around $300 (price almost unchanged from initial price). I didn't notice any microstuttering on his rig, so I'd definitely consider going for another 6850 if you want it that much.