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Hmm, I wouldn't say my unlocked and overclocked 6950 is comparable to a GTX 580...although I really would love to be proved wrong

My vote is for an unlocked 6950, though
In crossfire they are.

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Yea I guess it's too early too call just want to be prepeared this 4870 has been holding down since I've had my rig.
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Hmm, I stand pleasantly corrected!

Also, I'm suprised you saw much difference in OCing the ram to 1375 - did you pass the ECC/bandwidth barrier at that?
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Hmm, I stand pleasantly corrected!

Also, I'm suprised you saw much difference in OCing the ram to 1375 - did you pass the ECC/bandwidth barrier at that?
The ECC barrier wasn't hit until 1400. And then 1450 was when I saw more performance jump. 1500 also made performance jump, but wasn't stable. Made system lock up after 2 minutes of GPUTool. I just stuck with 1375, it was good enough to give me close-to-GTX 580 performance. For $259, it's not bad at all. Funny thing is, 1400 MHz memory made it DROP performance, but 1450 MHz made performance go up. Strange ECC.

The 4870X2 I had wouldn't OC past 825 MHz, even with 1.35v, so it was a nice change to have a decent overclocking card.

I keep thinking I have a 6970, but I forget I'm overclocking from 800 MHz baseline to 950, and at the same time unlocking 128 additional shaders. Taking all that into account, it's really not that bad.

In fact, many REAL 6970s out there have trouble hitting over 920 MHz core.
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In fact, many REAL 6970s out there have trouble hitting over 920 MHz core.
Yeah - A friend of mine can't get past 930 on his 6970 - he was pretty angry when I told him I was hitting 950 and paid £60 less
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Yeah - A friend of mine can't get past 930 on his 6970 - he was pretty angry when I told him I was hitting 950 and paid £60 less
Yup... so the best bang for buck award goes to... the AMD Radeon HD 6950 2 GB GDDR5 Video Card!
 
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In fact, many REAL 6970s out there have trouble hitting over 920 MHz core.
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Yeah - A friend of mine can't get past 930 on his 6970 - he was pretty angry when I told him I was hitting 950 and paid £60 less
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Yup... so the best bang for buck award goes to... the AMD Radeon HD 6950 2 GB GDDR5 Video Card!
Poor sob's. I've got 4 6950s all unlocked and running 6970 bios clocked at 950/1450. That would really bite to be on the other side of that fence.
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Poor sob's. I've got 4 6950s all unlocked and running 6970 bios clocked at 950/1450. That would really bite to be on the other side of that fence.
Your sig obviously says 3

Yes, 6970 BIOS allows the memory to clock a bit higher, but it's too risky considering the amount of cards (6950s) it killed.
 
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Best bang for the buck in the amd or nvdia camp is the 6950 2gb ref that can be unlocked.
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^^I woulda bought his card but he sold it too fast!

I've got another one in the box next to me. Yup, it's got the backplate and switch, thx MSI.
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