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Getting my new gpu's in August, and I want the best setup without going too crazy. Overall I want power, I want to be able to max out current and upcoming games as well ( mainly the ones seen at E3 Skyrim, Deus Ex 3, Mass Effect 3, Rage, Battlefield 3, etc.). The 6950's are cheaper but the 6970's are faster. Is the 6970 performance worth the extra $100, or is it still possible to get a 6950 to 6970 performance through overclocking and tweaks? Which is the better build?
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post #2 of 8
6950 CF with shaders unlocked, save some money and just manually overclock them to 6970 speeds. Or use the straight 6970 flash if you know it won't damage them. But the 6970 is pretty pointless, you'd be spending a lot of money for little to no improvement.
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post #3 of 8
yeah, it seems like most oc quite nicely. some 6950's can also unlock the extra shaders to become 6970's. you'll be able to easily match and surpass the framerates of stock cf 6970's.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/299?vs=298

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2...d[4956]=on
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6950's, even if they don't unlock they're just a much better deal
   
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post #5 of 8
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Newegg seems to be out of stock of most of the 6950's.. I guess I can get the IceQ Turbo's for $275 each. Can those unlock?
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post #6 of 8
All of the 6950's for sale on Newegg right now are non-reference. That means they're not as likely to unlock. Tigerdirect does have a Visiontek 6950 in stock which is reference and more likely to work. Most of the stuff for sale new right now has been disabled by AMD not to unlock.
   
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post #7 of 8
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I see, if I were to buy a non reference, then overclock,could performance be comparable to a 6970 then?
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post #8 of 8
Yes, basically. It's about a 10% difference give or take. Reference is not the coolest/quietest design but it is good at exhausting air outside the case. Try to get a card with a decent shroud like the Sapphire Flex or MSI Twin Frozr III if you go non-reference.
   
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