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I have a 6950 2GB and it's a great card, but, well, this is Overclock.net - I WANT MORE devil.gif

*cough*

After a lot of my own research, I've decided to take the plunge into a xfire setup, but still have a few questions:

Money is always a concern: should I wait for the new cards to come out, and when are we expecting them? Or is this about as good as it's going to get?
When I actually get the second card, what sort of driver voodoo should I expect to deal with? Is there a reference or guide that anyone can recommend for this?


Thanks!
(This will be going into my listed machine, FWIW)
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i think two 6950's will last quite awhile and as far as drivers go...i never really have any trouble. but i'm running two 6800's, but i doubt others will say much different.
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I recently had my mini displayport go out so I had to play in single 1920x1080. I saw no FPS increase from 1 card to 2 cards.

I got a new displayport and notice a HUGE difference between 1 and 2 cards.

Basically what I am saying is, with your resolution I do not see any need or gains from adding a second 6950.
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I recently had my mini displayport go out so I had to play in single 1920x1080. I saw no FPS increase from 1 card to 2 cards.

I got a new displayport and notice a HUGE difference between 1 and 2 cards.

Basically what I am saying is, with your resolution I do not see any need or gains from adding a second 6950.

I find this comment somewhat confusing (sorry~) but just to be clear, I'm running a 2560x1440 resolution. I previously had this setup on a 1920x1200 and the card definitely seems to be straining a bit more in game since the change. Not horribly, but I like to run super-sampled, shadows, etc... and it's slipped a few FPS in some more complex areas.
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i think two 6950's will last quite awhile and as far as drivers go...i never really have any trouble. but i'm running two 6800's, but i doubt others will say much different.

Re: Drivers. I suppose my question here is more along the lines of, "Assume I just installed a second 6950 and booted up I ( )" (Fill in the blank). Download separate drivers? Clean out the old drivers? Already have the appropriate drivers and magic will happen? :x

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Hell a 5870 1gb will still be good for another year or 2.
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i was in the same boat as you and took the plunge for a second 6950 and love the xfire ... i'd go for it now
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I just got my 2x 6950 setup going.

With my shaders unlocked and a bit of overclocking, I never go below 100 FPS in Bad Company 2.

We'll see how it fares when I can afford my other 2 monitors for Eyefinity.
    
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It really depends on what games you play. Most games I play in eyefinity, but there are some such as Witcher 2 on ultra with ubersampling that a single card simply won't cut it even at 1080p. Even with two cards @1080p I only manage 40-50fps with dips in the high 20's. If you have the money go for it.
I don't think you will regret it.
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Snatched.

Will update in a few days with my results. cool.gif
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