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I have come into $1,300 give or take to spend as I see fit. Which is perfect as I was looking at upgrading in August for BF3 and the Witcher 2

Im definately getting the Asus transformer with docking station which is $800 in Oz.

The second part of my spending will be for a GPU upgrade. Time to embrace DX11 Im thinking.

My options are:

2 x 6970 2GB:

http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/161087/V.../H697F2G2M.asp

or

2 x 6950 1GB

http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/168020/V...H695FN1G2M.asp

or

2 x 6950 2GB

http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/168022/V...H695FN2G2M.asp

Based on the reviews that I have read there seems to be a sizable increase in performance between Xfired 6950s to 6970s and I know that the older 6950s can be unlocked to perform the same as the 6970s however with the newer versions this is no longer possible and there is no way to tell without checking the batch number if it can be done or not.

I am gaming (for now anyway) on a single monitor so my questions are:

How much difference does 1GB of Vram really make against 2GB?

Would I really use all the horse power that comes with duel cards Vs a single card give my monitor setup?

For those that have them is the extra $$$ really worth it for the 6970s?

For what its worth, I dont do any video editing but I do a fair bit of photo editing.

Im pretty sure these cards will fit in my case as well but if anyone disagrees please let me know.

Thanks Community, feedback is appricated.
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post #2 of 10
Twin Frozr III 6950s can unlock. If you wanna be sure though look around on OCN. But with a budget like that I would just look for some cheap 570s/580s, or just go with the 6970s.
    
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post #3 of 10
As what others say, 1GB for 1920x1080 or less. I would just go straight with a 6970 stock as it may disappoint you if the unlock fails.
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http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/163822/V...DPH-2048D5.asp

Interesting, looks like a good ole reference card on the surface.
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Originally Posted by tsm106 View Post
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/163822/V...DPH-2048D5.asp

Interesting, looks like a good ole reference card on the surface.
Never heard of the brand though which makes me a little reluctant.
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Never heard of the brand though which makes me a little reluctant.
Amaze is a brand that steals OEMs and resells. They are a POS, least were. I'd get 2x 6970s, powercolour has done me great.
    
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post #7 of 10
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I think I'll go with the 2 x 6970s. My PSU should be up to it just not sure if I have the rigth available slots on the Mobo....

Edit: OK the Mobo has 2 x PCI-E 16 slots but it seems this card is pretty big. Anyone got any clue if 2 of these is going to fit? How badly would performance degrade if I used a different slot?
Edited by iscariot - 6/5/11 at 8:02pm
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Originally Posted by iscariot View Post
I think I'll go with the 2 x 6970s. My PSU should be up to it just not sure if I have the rigth available slots on the Mobo....

Edit: OK the Mobo has 2 x PCI-E 16 slots but it seems this card is pretty big. Anyone got any clue if 2 of these is going to fit? How badly would performance degrade if I used a different slot?
They will fit fine.
    
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post #9 of 10
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OK so slight change of plan.

I am now going to order 2 MSI Lightning 6970s from Amazon. Much cheaper than ordering from oz.

I have a few concerns as Im sure you can appriciate. Any feedback on the following would be good ( I am still researching myself as well)

Warrenty:

Does MSI have an international Warrenty? If I need to RMA will the fact I purchased overseas be an issue?

PSU

I have a 1000 whatt PSU. This should be enough right? All the reviews recomend a 550 PSU for one card. Im worried Im not going to have enough juice.

Cheers.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by iscariot View Post
OK so slight change of plan.

I am now going to order 2 MSI Lightning 6970s from Amazon. Much cheaper than ordering from oz.

I have a few concerns as Im sure you can appriciate. Any feedback on the following would be good ( I am still researching myself as well)

Warrenty:

Does MSI have an international Warrenty? If I need to RMA will the fact I purchased overseas be an issue?

PSU

I have a 1000 whatt PSU. This should be enough right? All the reviews recomend a 550 PSU for one card. Im worried Im not going to have enough juice.

Cheers.
I'm running on 750w.
    
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