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At a clock of 880 and a memory of 1375 is this card really superior to the base 6950's, or is just because this card has already been overclocked?

If this card was maxed out to its potential overclock and a base 6950 was maxed out to its potential overclock, which card would come out on top or would they both be equal?

I'm looking into getting into computer gaming which means I need a new video card (already have a 4850), but I don't want to spend more for this when I can buy a cheaper one and do the overclock myself unless the 6 + 8 pin makes that much of a difference.

Thanks for the help, other than the mass amount of reading I've been doing over the last four days on video cards, overclocking, flashing and mods I'm pretty new to this.
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A normal 6950 that gets overclocked to those speeds will perform exactly the same, however what you are getting with the toxic version is a much better heatsink and a higher binned chip. This means this card will overclock much better than the reference card and also be much quiter. If you are buying a 2gb version you also might want to try to unlock it to a full fledged 6970.
    
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It has been overclocked. But I think it will overclock further than reference clock 6950's, because what i have seen even some 6950 wont get to stable 880 core. They are probably binned but most of the time if the card has reference PCB then overclocking is pure luck.
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A normal 6950 that gets overclocked to those speeds will perform exactly the same, however what you are getting with the toxic version is a much better heatsink and a higher binned chip. This means this card will overclock much better than the reference card and also be much quiter. If you are buying a 2gb version you also might want to try to unlock it to a full fledged 6970.
It is indeed a little bit cooler than the reference cooler, but it ain't something marvelous. Dcmo what is your budget? I would rather go with something that has 2 fans. Like Twin Frozr.
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Well my budget is whatever it takes to just get by at maxed out specs (with high frame rates) at 1080P. I game on a 110" screen and am unwilling to step back down to something smaller no matter what the resolution is, so all I will need until they make projectors (2560 x 1600) that are affordable (3000)is 1080P.

I've read the 580 handles everything at 1080P except for Witcher 2 set to uber-sampling. However I don't really want to spend 440 when what I'm really doing is waiting on the 7000 series and am willing to deal with that game being set on very high settings instead of uber.

Like I said I'm just biding my time on the 7000 series to come out and making do with I can get by with. I've read that the 7000 series is expected to out-do the 6990, not sure how far up in the series you have to go to get that kind of performance (7950 perhaps). Sounds like they are a major jump up from the 6000 series, really excited to see some actual specs. At that point I want something that will slaughter the current games and near future releases.
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580 can't handle 2560x1600 Witcher 2 maxed and Metro 2033- these are I know, there might be actually more. If you want to slaughter the current games then you need to go SLI 580 or CF 6970.
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No, for the time being I'm only gaming at 1080P and for the forseeable future. I know the 580 can't handle Witcher 2 at uber, but I'm not looking to do that right now. All I want for the time being is something that will run it in high settings and the rest of them right at the highest settings. I'm willing to settle for a little less though as I'm just going to re-do it right in about a year.

Also I'm not looking to blow away anything right now, I'm waiting on the 7000 series to do that.
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What resolution?
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Then you are good with 6950. The Toxic 6950 is a good pick, considering it's overclocking capabilities and it has 2 bioses from which already one with 6970 by factory. So if you are lucky you might end up with a 6970.
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