Sapphire 2gb 5850 vs 6950 2gb?

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Hello,
I have a
ASUS P7H55-M PRO motherboard running a

Intel Core i5-650 Clarkdale 3.2GHz 4MB L3 Cache processor with

4gb CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333.

I just recently bought
SAPPHIRE Toxic 100282-2GTXSR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 2GB 256-bit Video card,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102889

and it hasnt even shipped yet, but I'm now looking at the

Sapphire 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 Video Card - 2GB.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914&Tpk=Sapphire%20100312SR%20Radeon%20HD%206950%20Video%20Card


Since I only can have 1 video card until I upgrade the mobo, should I cancel the order on the 5850 and get the 6950? I play crysis and other games like that, and I want to know WHICH ONE to pick and WHY.

Thanks so much in advance, I can't find a clear comparison between the two.
 

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The 5850 is not a bad card- I've got 2 (1gb version) of them in crossfire. However, you're far better off just paying the extra $45 and getting the 6950. The crossfire scaling is unbelievable. Pay a little more and go for it!

** The 6950 is physically the same card as a 6970, just the BIOS has part of the card turned off. It comes with a physical switch to swap between the factory settings and a flash-able BIOS. You can download a BIOS flash from Guru3d.com and turn your 6950 to a 6970, giving you a lot of extra performance! Plus you always have the option to flip the physical switch back to the factory bios.

IMO it's a no brainer. Go with the 6950. Flash the bios if you're comfortable with that (I've read that some warranties even allow for this- you probably want to research that a bit first)-- if not then don't flash. When you upgrade your mobo in the future you can add a 2nd card and the 6950 is really outstanding in crossfire! Pull the trigger quick though before your order ships :) Let us know what you decide on and how it works out.
 

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Newegg was out of the card, so i ordered it from eio.com

It's new years eve, theyre not open, so ill have to try to get a hold of them on monday. It's been a while since pc gaming, i havent had a pc for 2 years, so i just had to catch up. I never had an nvidia card, but for some reason, I just like ati.

The ati/amd duo seems like a good business move, but to what i understand, its unfortunate any core i7 can dance circles around the highest amd cpu, so I have to keep it an intel build and spend a little more.

If i upgraded my memory from 4 to 12 gb, would that cause a huge speed increase for the entire system, including my games?
Whatever I can do for those almighty fps. :)
 

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