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Hey guys, jus kinda curious to see what others think, and because the 69XX club is swamped with people sharing pictures and what not, i thought i'd ask you guys how happy you truly are with your 6970 or 6970s.

To think that after tax these two cards cost me over a thousand bucks... im not sure i can say im perfectly happy. Yes ok maybe i can play Metro 2033 maxed settings and run Dirt 3 at an average of nearly 200fps, or Crysis maxxed out, crossfire scaling simply just isn't the best (at least not as good as my 3870s were...)

Maybe its just a driver thing, but tell me what you guys think and whether or not crossfire is even worth it right now...

Very few games actually load out perfectly, and i find myself needing to tamper with many features and rendering settings with programs like RadeonPro just to get decent load out on both cards...

Must say though, once i changed the thermal paste on my GPU's temperatures are the coolest I've ever seen from OC'ed GPUs.

Like in the 30's on idle and less than 67c on 99% load for both cards, that is pretty impressive... anyways lemme know what you guys think

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I am truly happy with my 6970. It beats my previous setup of 2 5850's at my resolution.

There's been a ****load of posts and reviews about how great crossfire scaling is on this generation of cards. It's not the drivers.........
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so its safe to say that some game simply are not compatible? I'm certainly not complaining... that was not the purpose, just maybe expected more crossfire wise.. don't get my wrong some games run fantastically! DiRT 3 is one of them, 6970s run way better than 570 GTX's so that makes me real happy.

And they certainly OC very well as well 950MHz/1450MHz no problems and barely over 70c on 99% load
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Happy with my 6970 can get to 1025/1500 without breaking a sweat
    
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whats the peak temperature you see?
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Wait, how did two 6970s cost you over $1000? MSRP on them is around $370 or so.
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I know where your coming from. crossfire is fantastic when it works but its just annoying that games like Crysis 2 and The Witcher 2 don't work and when you have made such an outlay you expect things to work 99.9 percent of the time. Personally I think this is part AMD/ATI fault and part game developers fault they really should be working closer together to get games out that work with all graphic card configurations. You would think that it wouldnt be hard to send over different cards to the developers so they can test as the game is developed and give feedback to AMD/Nvdia to get drivers/CAP's ready for game release in fact I think its damn right lazy from both that they dont do this.

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Wait, how did two 6970s cost you over $1000? MSRP on them is around $370 or so.
This! and the scaling should be MUCH better on 6970s than on the 38xx series. From the ground up there should be huge differences in scaling, since really not until the 6xxx series had crossfire scaled all that well.

What resolution are you running at? If you're running 1080p, then you wouldn't be able to take advantage of scaling. I've got an eyefinity setup at school, and got crossfire to run that, but when I'm home, I can basically max out any game with one overclocked and unlocked 6950 (similar or a little faster than stock 6970)

You may not be seeing scaling because you've got nothing to see the scaling with. You could be having some frustration with some games because of poor programming. Crysis 1 still runs like crap with some of the most advanced cards available today, and is still used as a benchmarking tool because it was written poorly, not because of it's ability to take advantage of better video cards. Many games look better than Crysis 1 and run at higher FPS on the same setup.

Are you certain that you've got Catalyst Application Profiles installed and updated as well? That will make a big difference in crossfire performance.
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I'm getting one today would also like to know satisfaction levels.

It's from VTX3D not heard much about them as a manufacturer. Bit worried.
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Wait, how did two 6970s cost you over $1000? MSRP on them is around $370 or so.
perhaps you don't remember but when 6970s came out in december they were $440 each
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