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I’m sure this comes up a lot, and you guys are probably sick of answering it. I’ve done my research and I’ve read the similar posts on here but here’s my conundrum, what do you guys think….

I’ve always been an nVidia fan boy. But, I’ve always been an AMD fanboy too – so imagine my dismay all those years ago when AMD bought ATi. Anyway…. I’ve only ever owned nVidia cards so when it comes to ATi I’ve not got a clue what to expect.

Here’s what I’ve got ATM: ASUS Crosshair IV, AMD Phenom II X6 1090T, nVidia GTX 460 O/C + 9600 GSO for extra displays and PhysX. This is driving a total of 4 displays. 3x LCDs in an array and 1x projector. The projector is a clone of my middle LCD. This means I can use the 3 LCDs for my desktop, but when playing games/watching movies I can seamlessly use my projector. Just to make it more complicated, some games, like L4D I run in triple head mode across all 3 LCDs.

I’m getting a new GFX card, to fit in a similar spec machine so that my Mrs can play the latest games on the new rig too. So I thought I would use this opportunity to buy an ATi card, then depending how well it works with my crazy display setup and how well it runs games it will go in my rig or the Mrs’

So what ATi card do I get? I want it to be at least as good as my GTX 460 + 9600GSO, but I haven’t got loads of money so I was looking around the £150 mark ($200)?

My 460 is overclocked and performs noticeably better than it does a stock speeds. E.g. Kombustor runs at just over 200fps @ stock speed. But reaches 300fps O/C.

In fact if you compare it to these scores -> http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html I get 3,008, which put is on a par with the 470.

I was thinking of getting a HD6950 -> http://www.ebuyer.com/product/250400...dium=products# It’s £160 and has double the memory of my GTX460.

HD6950 Vs GTX460 + 9600GSO

How will it compare?
Can I over clock it?
Can I unlock it/turn it into a better card?
Can I run 4 monitors form the one card?
Will it let me span 3 monitors and clone the middle one onto a 4th monitor?
Is there a better ATi card to go for?
post #2 of 22
HD6950 will be better since it's about the same as a GTX470.
that's about everything I know about the 6950
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5870 are going really cheap now, saw one for £135 the other day and it'll easily beat a 460.
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post #5 of 22
Buy a reference 6950 so you can unlock it to a 6970, it can also drive 5 displays at once and its performance should be better than your current setup, also i think you should wait for the next generation of cards if you want to be sure of amazing performance.
    
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post #6 of 22
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As much as I would love the latest and greatest, £160+VAT is really the most I can afford. So I don't think the next gen of cards would be cheap enough.

Might look at unlocking the reference card.

How does a 5870 compare to a 6950?
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post #8 of 22
6950 hands down. Unlock it to a 6970 and OC it to 950Mhz. All for only $250. You're golden.
post #9 of 22
+1 to the 6950, it will run what you need, the extra vram will help with a multi display set-up (assuming your using all 3 for gaming) and it will totally outperform your 460.

if you can find/pick up cheap a 2gb eye6 5870 that would be the ideal though, its a more powerful card but they are kind of rare/overpriced these days.
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post #10 of 22
6950 get my vote
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