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I am currently running an Iceq4+ 4870 1 gb.

Should I upgrade to 6970 or wait till 7000 series?

I game at 1080

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post #2 of 26
7000 series unless you're having a lot of troubles right now with games and such
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post #3 of 26
If anything, a 6950 over a 6970.
You might want to also look at the older 5870s, they still run for the money.
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post #4 of 26
Wait for the 7000 series.

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post #5 of 26
Wait for 7000 series, they will be using smaller nm processes and will be better and will run much cooler than the 6000 or 5000 series.
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post #6 of 26
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I dont want a 5870. I would like better tesselation performance as well as more than 1 gb vram for future games.

So it looks like the predominant vote is to wait.

I must admit I am not currently having any problems with my card. I just feel it is close to the time to upgrade.

Lower temps than the 6970 would be nice

Maybe If i wait i can get the new vid card around when diablo iii comes out.
 
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post #7 of 26
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Also, do you guys think I need a new psu for either 6970 or 7000 series?
 
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I upgraded from a 4870 to a 6970.

Although it's nice to not to have to worry about graphics setting in games (I can now set everything to max in all games but metro) the MUCH higher temps do concern me.

Performance wise the two cards are a world apart, but what games really take enough of an advantage to justify the cost.... none as far as I am concerned.

If you have enough money to get another two monitors for Eyefinity then do it, if not then wait a while. Your 4870 will still run everything for a long time yet.
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post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by pyra View Post
I upgraded from a 4870 to a 6970.

Although it's nice to not to have to worry about graphics setting in games (I can now set everything to max in all games but metro) the MUCH higher temps do concern me.

Performance wise the two cards are a world apart, but what games really take enough of an advantage to justify the cost.... none as far as I am concerned.

If you have enough money to get another two monitors for Eyefinity then do it, if not then wait a while. Your 4870 will still run everything for a long time yet.

Thank you for the very apt advice rep +1

Why did you upgrade?
 
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Thank you for the very apt advice rep +1

Why did you upgrade?
I had the money and the 'upgrade itch'

But sadly don't have the money for the other two monitors that I was planning on getting soon after, the only reason I upgraded was for Eyfinity which I am now saving for.

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Performance wise the two cards are a world apart, but what games really take enough of an advantage to justify the cost.... none as far as I am concerned.
Waiting for someone to jump on this comment so I best explain a little better.

The vast majority of the games I play I could either max out or put them at such high settings with my 4870 that I could not see the difference. after getting the 6970 I could still max all of these games and a few more (my old card struggled with Crysis, metro, Just Cause 2) but I don't see the point in upgrading to it if I am just going to be playing on one monitor, £300 is a lot of money to move the sliders in three or four games a little higher.
Edited by pyra - 5/4/11 at 5:34pm
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