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5. Re: Hardware Reviews Mar 6, 2012, 13:05 LgFriess
 
mag wrote on Mar 5, 2012, 13:16:
LgFriess wrote on Mar 5, 2012, 12:52:
I'm running a q9550/gtx280 and am wondering if I can pick up one of the mid range cards like these to stretch out the life of my PC until the new series of consoles hits, game requirements rise, and I do another full system upgrade. I just don't know if the q9550 will bottleneck me too much. Running at 1920x1200.

I run a Phenom II X4 955, which I don't think is much (any?) faster than the q9550, and a Radeon 6870. The Radeon 7850 is a bit faster than the 6870. I feel that my video card is still usually my bottleneck at 1920x1200, so I think a new card would work pretty well for you.

Edit: Just checked some benches. Your q9550 would be a bit faster than my 955, so I'll say that a new card would pretty definitely give you a nice bump.

Thanks for the info mag. I'm gonna wait to see what Nvidia has coming in the next few weeks, then pick one of the better cards up and see how long I can make this system last.
 
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4. Re: Hardware Reviews Mar 5, 2012, 13:16 mag
 
LgFriess wrote on Mar 5, 2012, 12:52:
I'm running a q9550/gtx280 and am wondering if I can pick up one of the mid range cards like these to stretch out the life of my PC until the new series of consoles hits, game requirements rise, and I do another full system upgrade. I just don't know if the q9550 will bottleneck me too much. Running at 1920x1200.

I run a Phenom II X4 955, which I don't think is much (any?) faster than the q9550, and a Radeon 6870. The Radeon 7850 is a bit faster than the 6870. I feel that my video card is still usually my bottleneck at 1920x1200, so I think a new card would work pretty well for you.

Edit: Just checked some benches. Your q9550 would be a bit faster than my 955, so I'll say that a new card would pretty definitely give you a nice bump.
 
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3. Re: Hardware Reviews Mar 5, 2012, 13:14 mag
 
Geez. The 7850 is the exact same speed and price as the 6950, which is over a year old. That's... pretty crappy. nVidia better come out with something good to compete on price, because hardware has really been stagnating lately.  
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2. Re: Hardware Reviews Mar 5, 2012, 12:52 LgFriess
 
I'm running a q9550/gtx280 and am wondering if I can pick up one of the mid range cards like these to stretch out the life of my PC until the new series of consoles hits, game requirements rise, and I do another full system upgrade. I just don't know if the q9550 will bottleneck me too much. Running at 1920x1200.  
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1. Re: Hardware Reviews Mar 5, 2012, 12:20 Ray Marden
 
Well, toss the 7850 in the garbage bin, but the 7870 doesn't look too bad. However, nViDiA is "shipping" in a week, I am eagerly awaiting the reviews on that line.
The money is just burning in my pocket!
Likely buying either the 7850 or whatever Nvidia's card is,
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