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I recently got lucky and managed to get a Lightning R6970, open box. Total was $236.

I currently have a XFX 6870, which far as I can tell OCs very well, I was hitting 990 core with no artifacting in games/furmark/Kombuster, although OCCT was giving it trouble with both artifacts and temps.

In total, a xfire 6870 setup would cost me just the same, $240. After rebates/selling games the 6870 came out to $120.

However, I have read that BF3 utilizes over 1GB Vram which does give me some concern over how xfire 6870 will perform if I go that route. While I know xfire 6870 outperform a 6970, not so sure how it will fare throughout the following year with games possibly using over 1gb vram.

Any input/opinions would be great.
Edited by Wek - 8/12/11 at 8:10am
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I would sell your 6870. keep the 6970 and save for another 6970 for xfire the 2gb gpu ram will be a huge factor in high res gaming
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Originally Posted by Wek View Post
I recently got lucky and managed to get a Lightning R6970, open box. Total was $236.

I currently have a XFX 6870, which far as I can tell OCs very well, I was hitting 990 core with no artifacting in games/furmark/Kombuster, although OCCT was giving it trouble with both artifacts and temps.

In total, a xfire 6870 setup would cost me just the same, $240. After rebates/selling games the 6870 came out to $120.

However, I have read that BFBC3 utilizes over 1GB Vram which does give me some concern over how xfire 6870 will perform if I go that route. While I know xfire 6870 outperform a 6970, not so sure how it will fare throughout the following year with games possibly using over 1gb vram.

Any input/opinions would be great.
There is no such thing as BC3.
    
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There is no such thing as BC3.
Sorry, BF3.
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i would sell your 6870. Keep the 6970 and save for another 6970 for xfire the 2gb gpu ram will be a huge factor in high res gaming
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better wait for bf3 release ^^
    
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Before I make another thread, does anyone have any experience with the BIOS switch on the card?

When set to "Performance Mode," I get no display to my monitors. I read a review online which mentioned the same problem but allocated the issue to the card being a sample and assuming it will be fixed in the final product.

EDIT: Nevermind, seems this performance/silent is irrelevant. According to MSI the performance setting is actually "reserved for future use," seems the middle setting is the best bet for OCing. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Edited by Wek - 8/12/11 at 9:41am
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Originally Posted by Wek View Post
Before I make another thread, does anyone have any experience with the BIOS switch on the card?

When set to "Performance Mode," I get no display to my monitors. I read a review online which mentioned the same problem but allocated the issue to the card being a sample and assuming it will be fixed in the final product.

EDIT: Nevermind, seems this performance/silent is irrelevant. According to MSI the performance setting is actually "reserved for future use," seems the middle setting is the best bet for OCing. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Only my Ref card has the BIOS switch. One of the BIOS is read-only in case you messed up flashing the primary one. So it's a backup BIOS.
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Only my Ref card has the BIOS switch. One of the BIOS is read-only in case you messed up flashing the primary one. So it's a backup BIOS.
TFIII has a bios switch.
    
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post #10 of 16
*oh god*

I would absolutely die and crawl in a whole if they released Canceled BF3 for BFBC3...

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I'm expecting BF3 to be a Extremely power hungry game.

So, Throw what you will at it I know I will be.

Having Eyefinity my self I'm thinking my current setup isn't going to be enough =(.
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