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Poll Results: Which option would you choose?

 
  • 30% (3)
    A: Keep the proven 1GB version
  • 50% (5)
    B: Sell and pick up the 2GB version
  • 20% (2)
    C: Other.. please explain
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post #1 of 10
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I have the XFX 6950 1GB (XXX dual fan edition) and it's a beast.. OC's at 1000 / 1500 @ 1.22v. Stays fairly cool, max temp in game with 98-100% usage is in the mid to upper 70's (at the 1000 / 1500 OC).

I purchased the 1GB version because I had a Storm Scout case and it's all it could fit. I have since upgraded to a HAF 932 Advance so I can fit whatever. I've been debating on selling the 6950 and picking up a 2GB model since the extra VRAM would come in handy in a couple games (IE GTA 4 and possible future games), also I plan on CF'ng in the future and the 2GB VRAM in CF would be more future proof. My goal is to go another 2 years before upgrading.

How well do the 6950 2GB versions OC? Is 1000 / 1500 easily accomplished? If I flash it to a 6970 (2gb version), what would be the performance increase between my current 6950 @ 1000 / 1500 and a 6970 at the same clocks?

So my options:

A: Stick with this card as it's proven. Pick up another 6950 1GB for CF in the future.
B: Sell this card and pick up a 6950 2GB and possibly flash to 6970. Allowing expansion to CF later.
C: Other (please explain)

Looking for honest opinions. Not just "jump on the bandwagon" advice.
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post #2 of 10
Stock of the original reference design with volterra vrms is quickly diminishing. Most brands have swapped over to the revised reference design, so the classic unlock is basically extinct. In other word you shouldn't count on getting version 1 cards, but hope for it.

2gb vs 1gb is down to resolution or running multi monitors. If you are going to go big res or multi monitors, you want the 2gb.
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I was looking at the MSI TwinFrozer III as they claim it will unlock to a 6970 using their BIOS. I have not dug in deep to see if this is indeed the case but that card was essentially what I was basing the idea on.
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The problem with the tf3 for me is the full custom pcb, and full custom pcb's can be finicky. It also will not have any fullcover waterblock support which is a big issue for me personally, may be different for you.
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I wouldnt bother. My 6950 2gb only overclocks to 900 / 1400 but runs like crap in GTA IV...I think all 6950's are poor in this game. I saw much better performance with my GTX275 in GTA IV.

I doubt its worth your while. By the way i have storm scout and my 6950 fits with plenty of room but its not a reference cooler (PowerColor)
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Originally Posted by tsm106 View Post
2gb vs 1gb is down to resolution or running multi monitors. If you are going to go big res or multi monitors, you want the 2gb.
This, you need 2gb (and xfire ) with three monitor gaming or if you plan to game > 1920x1080. If Eyefinity is in your future, invest now and pick up xfire later. triple monitor gaming is very demanding, good luck

edit: gtaiv is heavily dependent on the cpu, push your SB to 4.8+ as its fully capable and you'll see an improvement.
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Nah my pc is playing GTA 4 with no issues at all. That wasn't the concern. My thoughts here were since I only upgrade every 2-2.5 years I want to ensure future proofing as well. I would imagine 2 years from now games will probably need more than 1GB of VRAM even at 1080p.. but that's just an assumption.
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post #8 of 10
If you want to go multi-display, then you need the 2GB version, otherwise, stick with the 1GB version.
Edit: 1GB Vram will not be obsolete any time soon, the only possible thing that could happen is that you cannot max games in a couple of years.
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I think your better off keeping it and just get crossfire if games start to slug down at 1080p in the future. That's what i will do anyway.

What sort of FPS are you getting on your 6950?
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I think your better off keeping it and just get crossfire if games start to slug down at 1080p in the future. That's what i will do anyway.

What sort of FPS are you getting on your 6950?
I get great fps.. especially fully OC'd..

GTA 4 is generally 50+
Mafia II 80+
JC2 70+
Etc.. All maxed

The 3DMark11 score was P61xx can't remember the last parts. But supposedly a good score for a single 6950.

The reason I'm considering CF now is because my card will probably be hard to find later on. It's usually out of stock now as it is.
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