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5870 ($170) vs 6950 ($240)

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so I'm trying to build a new rig
and my friend is offering me his cards
because he's currently in bad financial condition -.- (either the 5870 or 6950)
the 5870 is the XFX reference model and is 1gb
and the 6950 is also the XFX reference model (2gb unlockable)

the problem is he registered the 5870 too late and the warranty
is not transferable... but he registered the 6950 on time realizing his mistake
from before..
which one should I buy from him?

I'm going to be gaming @ 24" monitor 1920 x 1080 resolution
I mostly play sc2 but I play other newer games like bfbc2 as well ( I also want to play the BF3 when it comes out)
post #2 of 40
6950 and unlock it
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6950 and unlock it
but is it worth $70 more?
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6950 definitely, it's more future proof with more vram.
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Err select 6970 because the 6950 will probably unlock
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Err select 6970 because the 6950 will probably unlock
well i just plan to unlock the shaders... i heard unlocking it with 6970 bios is dangerous... so you guys all think it is worth the extra $70?
post #8 of 40
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Err select 6970 because the 6950 will probably unlock
The ones for $240 are the 1GB versions which, BTW, have horribly loud fans. The next step up is a Sapphire for $250 with a third party cooler. The 2GB reference 6950s are $275.
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Err select 6970 because the 6950 will probably unlock
Worst case scenario, it doesn't unlock. Unlocking isn't 100% guaranteed.
 
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hd 5870 is almost as fast as hd 6950 so no, the extra $70 for it is not worth it unless it can be unlocked to 6970.
    
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