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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.
I will agree with everyone here about what is being said. My dual 3870 system is a 1920x1200 res monitor, while my 6970 system is only 1080 (ASUS VH242H)

Since the 3800 series ATi has dominated in higher resolution usage, now i feel that perhaps dual 6970s may have been a tiny waste without eyefinity haha, oh well

The best part is in games like Mafia 2 cards load out at like 50-60% usage and hit real low temps of like ~45c which is awesome (compared to 3870/4870 with like 85c load temps)

I can certainly say that overall, the 6970s have been dream cards... in all honesty, one is often enough, but im sure drivers may help performance in the future.

Also lets remember that the 6970s do scale better than 570s in SLI and beat out 580 in SLI is several scenarios

Overall I couldn't be happier with the load temps, performance, load noise and other things that this set of cards has impressed me with...
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Although mine are not 6970's, I've been very pleased with AMD latest offerings in the 69XX series. I upgraded from the GTX 4XX series and really like the Eyefinity setup now that DP is becoming more common on monitors and that you no longer need an active adapter for 1080 resolutions.

That being said, there is a reason I went for 6950's =/. I felt when I bought them late last year/early this year, that they were the best price to performance ratio. I gave $250 after rebates for each of mine. And even with three monitors they are clobbering most games. That being said, AMD does not actively pursue fixes for known issues very well at time. I picked up the game RIFT recently and crossfire scaling in that game is awful lol. Almost makes me wish I had gone the 570's route sometimes =X
    
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Very satisfied with my 6950/6970's...
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If you don't like 6970's then how about gtx 570's? They're about the same price in the US, and they scale very well.
    
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Although mine are not 6970's, I've been very pleased with AMD latest offerings in the 69XX series. I upgraded from the GTX 4XX series and really like the Eyefinity setup now that DP is becoming more common on monitors and that you no longer need an active adapter for 1080 resolutions.

That being said, there is a reason I went for 6950's =/. I felt when I bought them late last year/early this year, that they were the best price to performance ratio. I gave $250 after rebates for each of mine. And even with three monitors they are clobbering most games. That being said, AMD does not actively pursue fixes for known issues very well at time. I picked up the game RIFT recently and crossfire scaling in that game is awful lol. Almost makes me wish I had gone the 570's route sometimes =X
Hm you make a good point there... NFS Shift Unleashed 2 was the same way 75fps in CF and like 80fps without CF lol. That got fixed in 11.5 so i wasn't too disappointed...

The biggest reason i went 6970s as apposed to 6950 is because i wanted to OC them, and i knew that the 6950 did not have as much headroom, especially after "unlocking" them to flash 6970 bioses...

But otherwise, most game have decent framerates anyways.. to be honest most games that dont work the greatest in CF are often games were the cards load out at 50% usage and the game is like several hundred fps even at max settings (MW2 with like an average of 3-4 hundred frames per second)

Or Black Ops, but that game caps at 91fps... so im happy

Low temps, high frames, and low card load out (which means zero fan noise) all the better
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Wait, how did two 6970s cost you over $1000? MSRP on them is around $370 or so.
I believe the 6970 with the waterblock, they come out to almost 500 each....just a thought
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Very satisfied with my 6950/6970's...
Did you unlock and overclock the 6950?

Like, over 880MHz CORE | 1375MHz MEM (stock 6970)??
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