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Well it looks like im gonna hold out for the 7000's...............
 
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post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by Biorganic View Post
I am currently running an Iceq4+ 4870 1 gb.

Should I upgrade to 6970 or wait till 7000 series?

I game at 1080

Thanks!
Get a vanilla 6950 and unlock it to 6970

The 7000 series is something like 6 months away
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Originally Posted by Armand Hammer View Post
Get a vanilla 6950 and unlock it to 6970

The 7000 series is something like 6 months away
But unless the OP is going to go multi monitor then what advantage will he see with upgrading now?

The 4870 will run everything at pretty good settings for at the very least until the 7000 series come out, and then what an upgrade that will be games will be fully using DX11 by then so the difference between DX10 and DX11 will at least be noticeable if you play the games rather than looking closely at trees for tessellation.
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But unless the OP is going to go multi monitor then what advantage will he see with upgrading now?

The 4870 will run everything at pretty good settings for at the very least until the 7000 series come out, and then what an upgrade that will be games will be fully using DX11 by then so the difference between DX10 and DX11 will at least be noticeable if you play the games rather than looking closely at trees for tessellation.
You run a 6970, would you notice a difference if you had to run a 4870?

I guess it depends on how high the OP likes to have the settings and AA/AF.

If he's playing modern games like Metro 2033 at 1080 he will notice a difference.

@ OP if your not having any problems running the games you want at the settings you want then hold out, if your having probs then go the 6950 to 6970 route. The low end 7000 series is 6 months away, the high end stuff like the 7970 could be up to 7-8 months away.
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Originally Posted by Armand Hammer View Post
You run a 6970, would you notice a difference if you had to run a 4870?

I guess it depends on how high the OP likes to have the settings and AA/AF.

If he's playing modern games like Metro 2033 at 1080 he will notice a difference.

@ OP if your not having any problems running the games you want at the settings you want then hold out, if your having probs then go the 6950 to 6970 route. The low end 7000 series is 6 months away, the high end stuff like the 7970 could be up to 7-8 months away.
I had a 4870 and upgraded to a 6970.

Metro on max settings is unplayable on both cards but can obviously look better with a 6970, so you think he should upgrade to make one game look better? a game he will still not be able to run at max settings?
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I had a 4870 and upgraded to a 6970.

Metro on max settings is unplayable on both cards but can obviously look better with a 6970, so you think he should upgrade to make one game look better? a game he will still not be able to run at max settings?
Agreed!

Honestly Im not super interested in buying a 300+$ card for one game. It seems to me that metro is the new crysis and will likely not even be maxed on the next gen cards. Take that game out of the picture, as it is not my primary concern.

Im far more concerned about mass effect 3, diablo 3(i realize it wont be that graphic intensive), rage, and whenever they come out with a new borderlands.

I can currently max borderlands, fallout 3, mass effect 2, starcraft 2, and a variety of other games.

I want a future looking card with lots of vram and decent efficiency/heat

Based on standard new generation hierarchy I probly wont spring for the 7970 but will opt for a 7870 or the like, which should have aprox 6950-6970 performance but be way more efficient.


Does this sound reasonable?
 
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Originally Posted by Biorganic View Post
Agreed!

Honestly Im not super interested in buying a 300+$ card for one game. It seems to me that metro is the new crysis and will likely not even be maxed on the next gen cards. Take that game out of the picture, as it is not my primary concern.

Im far more concerned about mass effect 3, diablo 3(i realize it wont be that graphic intensive), rage, and whenever they come out with a new borderlands.

I can currently max borderlands, fallout 3, mass effect 2, starcraft 2, and a variety of other games.

I want a future looking card with lots of vram and decent efficiency/heat

Based on standard new generation hierarchy I probly wont spring for the 7970 but will opt for a 7870 or the like, which should have aprox 6950-6970 performance but be way more efficient.


Does this sound reasonable?

I think we'll have to see what the 7000 series brings but you can guarantee you will get 6970 speeds with lower power consumption and less heat, but we can say that about every series of cards.

If your happy with you 4870 now then I think you will be happy with it until the 7000 series, you'r not missing much by not having DX11 (unless you want to run the heaven benchmark everyday)

Don't make the mistake I made and upgrade for the hell of it and find yourself with a few extra FPS, some disappointing DX11 and a lot less money. Wait for the games to catch up with the hardware.
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post #18 of 26
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@pyra Thank you for the advice. You have reaffirmed my thoughts. It is often helpful to hear others express some of your own thoughts for clarity.
rep +1

Im going to wait. I will be getting another 4 gigs of ram to tide me over.

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Get a vanilla 6950 and unlock it to 6970

The 7000 series is something like 6 months away


I hope you mean just unlock the shaders as the 6970 and the 6950 use different vram and setting the 6950 ram to the same latency/speed/voltage as the 6970 is probably not the wisest idea. anyway thanks for the input
 
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post #20 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by pyra View Post
I had a 4870 and upgraded to a 6970.

Metro on max settings is unplayable on both cards but can obviously look better with a 6970, so you think he should upgrade to make one game look better? a game he will still not be able to run at max settings?
Don't put words in my mouth pls.

I didn't say anything about max settings, I simply said 1080, nice try.

The 6970 will allow him to get a higher frame rate and play at higher settings in all games, not just Metro 2033 which is perfectly playable on a 6970 at medium settings with AAA and 16xAF according to:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...an,2818-9.html

Playing this game on a 4870 at the same settings would be a virtual slide show as im sure you can attest to.

Regardless the OP has made the thread redundant by stating he already gets the FPS he wants at the res he wants.

OP just hold out with the 4870 and wait for the 7000 series.

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