|AMD Radeon HD6850 & HD6950 CrossFire Performance|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Monday, 27 June 2011|
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AMD Radeon HD 6850/6950 CrossFire Performance
To run today's PC games at high resolutions with all the settings maxed out you need a high end video Card, or two mid/high end video cards in CrossFire/SLI. The best thing about CrossFire/SLI is that you don't need to buy both cards at once, meaning you can spread out the cost of a system build, or simply wait until prices drop before you make your second purchase.
Dual video card scaling has come a long way since its conception, in the early days Crossfire performance wasn't always what it was made out to be. However, our setups show near 90% scaling in most of our tests, this is great news for us budget enthusiasts out there as not all of us can afford to fork out $600 up front for the highest end equipment. In this article Benchmark Reviews will provide you with our performance and cost analysis of a HD6850 CrossFire setup and a HD6950 CrossFire setup.
For this review we will be comparing single HD6850, HD6870 and HD6950 video cards to the CrossFire Pairs in a mixture of DX10 / DX11 synthetic benchmarks and current games to get a good idea of the benefit of running dual video cards. We will also look at other factors you need to consider when running a CrossFire setup such as temperatures and power consumption, so without further delay let's move on and get stuck in.
Full Disclosure: The product samples used in this article were provided by HIS and MSI.