Originally Posted by Wulfgar
If you have patience to check all the 30 pages you'll find some surprising results.
Just one of them on the first page:
Metro 2033: @ 1080p
compudaze ---- i7 2500K @ 5.1GHz ---- CFX HD 6950 Unlocked (1000/1450) ---- 88.46 FPS
BallaTheFeared ---- i5-2500k @ 5.2GHz ---- SLI GTX 470 (900/1750/2100) ---- 86.03 FPS
Think about it, GTX 470 @ 800-825MHz = GTX 570 stock performance which is more or less on par with an HD6970. At 900MHz we're talking HD6970 overclocked performance.
We can all agree that HD5850 OC or 5870 OC have no chance of reaching HD6970 OC, especially in tesselation heavy games.
Exactly. It took the guy w/the unlocked 6950's a couple of days to get to an OC where he *just* edged out my 470's (840/1800) in 3dMark11 (gpu score). I never did get him to post the LostPlanet 2 benches (I haven't been back to the thread in a while though), or Call of Pripyat Bench.
Granted not 'true' 6970's, but 470's at their top clocks in SLI are extremely competitive with unlocked 6950's, at least in 1080p resolution in DX11 tests.
The guy w/560ti's in SLI gave up, he was a good 10% behind my 470's on any test.
Smob's, I sold my 5850's for 470's, and couldn't be happier. They do DX11/Tess much better, and are comparable in DX9/10 when it comes to average FPS, but are noticeably better at maintain strong MIN framerates vs. 58xx series cards. Only thing better about 58xx cards is on reference cooling, they are def. quieter/cooler than 4xx-series on reference. Aftermarket cooling on Fermi's is the way to go if you want to OC them much, cause they do heat up quite a bit w/extra volts/clocks.