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post #11 of 20
All the options offered are valid, but 2 HD 6870s will rock your world for less money.

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As far as I know you can Crossfire the unlocked 6950's fine. I haven't heard else.
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Im slowly feeling less and less intelligent -.- Sounds to me like the shaders dont matter that much? I dont mind spending an extra 100 or so if its going to make an actual difference.

Thank you for your input PanicProne, Based on what p4p3r said though, I think it would be best for me to invest in 2gb cards.

Any advice on if I should buy a pre-OC'd card or OC it myself? Was looking at the MSI overclocked ones (Twin Frozr and Lightning) or the Sapphire ones.. The core clock seems to be a pretty large difference..
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if you go with the OC'ed ones you dont want to touch anything and it wont void your warranty on them lol its all up to you
    
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Im slowly feeling less and less intelligent -.- Sounds to me like the shaders dont matter that much? I dont mind spending an extra 100 or so if its going to make an actual difference.

Thank you for your input PanicProne, Based on what p4p3r said though, I think it would be best for me to invest in 2gb cards.

Any advice on if I should buy a pre-OC'd card or OC it myself? Was looking at the MSI overclocked ones (Twin Frozr and Lightning) or the Sapphire ones.. The core clock seems to be a pretty large difference..
Usually cheaper to OC the card yourself. Commonly, pre OC'ed cards can overclock higher, but not by a significant margin.

Are you going for the unlocking process ? It's quite easy, and you'll get some performance gain.
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Its best to leave unlocking alone if you don't feel confidant and you don't get a reference model with the BIOS switch IMHO, don't buy OCed cards they are a rip off, the different coolers are a different story, I bought the Twin Frozr II becuase its quiet and a good cooler
    
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if you go with the OC'ed ones you dont want to touch anything and it wont void your warranty on them lol its all up to you
Im confused on what you mean, If I OC the OC'd ones it voids the warranty or doesn't? >.<


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Usually cheaper to OC the card yourself. Commonly, pre OC'ed cards can overclock higher, but not by a significant margin.

Are you going for the unlocking process ? It's quite easy, and you'll get some performance gain.
If I get the 6970 would there be anything to 'unlock'? Or is it really only relavent for the 6950? And is the only difference between the 2 that 1 thing? o.O

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Its best to leave unlocking alone if you don't feel confidant and you don't get a reference model with the BIOS switch IMHO, don't buy OCed cards they are a rip off, the different coolers are a different story, I bought the Twin Frozr II becuase its quiet and a good cooler
I dont' really feel confident about it I guess =( I suppose I could study it over, if its anything like OCing a CPU in the bios and tinkering around like that, Im sure I could figure it out.. I see how getting the Pre-OC'd cards would be a ripoff but it seems like the MSI ones have been coolers on them and are really only 20 dollars more.. Seems okay provided that the cooler is indeed better..

Thanks so much for the help, leaning towards 2x MSI 6970 Lightning .. Is the cooler on those better than on the Sapphire ones?
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post #18 of 20
I haven't read all the posts but you could save your money and get a second 470.

EDIT: You could even throw in another card for physx or something since you have a third pci-e slot and that would certainly overpower the ati's for less money. I am a big believer in the value and performance of ATI but you already have a nice gpu to start.
Edited by flaviz - 5/2/11 at 6:53pm
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post #19 of 20
biscuit the only feasible reasons for you to make the switch to ATi at this point is if you really want the use of eyefinity or the joy of unlocking the cards.

I see you game on your tv which you are most likely comfortable with and do not want to go else where, so eyefinity is probably out of the question. Also nvidia offers surround as well so that would defeat the whole purpose unless you just want the additional vram.

So for the single 470 that you have adding an additional one will give you great boost at much less of a price than shelling out for 2 new cards. Remember the drivers for ATi are not the best, cfx support is always late in the game. There are more *software* problems you will encounter especially in crossfire.

if you also decide to move to ATI cards, just make sure you get the larger vram models. In case you get teased with the idea of eyefinity.



But honestly what I would do if i was in your shoes. Id buy another 470 then I'd learn how to start water cooling my components. Because eventually once you have what you want you'd want more, the only thing left is cooling.
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Im confused on what you mean, If I OC the OC'd ones it voids the warranty or doesn't? >.<


If I get the 6970 would there be anything to 'unlock'? Or is it really only relavent for the 6950? And is the only difference between the 2 that 1 thing? o.o


I dont' really feel confident about it I guess =( I suppose I could study it over, if its anything like OCing a CPU in the bios and tinkering around like that, Im sure I could figure it out.. I see how getting the Pre-OC'd cards would be a ripoff but it seems like the MSI ones have been coolers on them and are really only 20 dollars more.. Seems okay provided that the cooler is indeed better..

Thanks so much for the help, leaning towards 2x MSI 6970 Lightning .. Is the cooler on those better than on the Sapphire ones?
If you OC the overclocked cards it will void the warranty. If you OC a card at all, it will.

You can only unlock the 6950 2GB.


And btw ... As the others are saying, why would you want a new card ? If you get a second 470 it will be a significantly cheaper option. It's no bad card at all, and decent for the price also.
It may get a little more hot but that's it ..
Edited by p4p3r - 5/3/11 at 4:11am
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