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Poll Results: Stick with the 6950 or get a 560ti

Poll expired: Aug 17, 2011  
  • 74% (29)
    Stick With 6950 2GB
  • 25% (10)
    Replace with 560ti 1GB
39 Total Votes  
post #11 of 21
id stick with the 6950 2G if it works; also the benefits of 2G ram are not obvious atm, but will become in a year or two (2G handles bigger textures much better)
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post #12 of 21
I didn't realize there will be a major breakthough in texture rendering next year...

90% of games released use 600 or less mb of video memory and by the time they'll use 1GB the HD6950 won't be able to run them.
post #13 of 21
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I didn't realize there will be a major breakthough in texture rendering next year...

90% of games released use 600 or less mb of video memory and by the time they'll use 1GB the HD6950 won't be able to run them.
It would be interesting if someone did some testing with all the modern games showing how much VRAM they actually use, would definitely make for interesting reading. If there is anything like this I would be interested in seeing it.

I have only really got into pc gaming recently so I'm pretty happy to play some older games too and I know fine rightly I will probably end up changing my card sometime in the near future anyway. Definitely a tough choice.
post #14 of 21
What did you pay for your 6950? Anyhow, ebuyer will give you probably store credit, and just email them and ask for a paypal refund as you will purchase something but don't want the remaining as credit and they'll do that, and then just buy something else for the money.. A while ago I saw 6970s for ~£230.
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post #15 of 21
Id definitely stick to 6950 especially if it's a reference model which can be unlocked to 6970. Don't forget that u also got an option to rma it directly with powercolor, i've had decent RMA experience with them but that was here in the US.
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post #16 of 21
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Paid £215 for it and a 1055t off a guy on gumtree, so it wasn't exactly expensive. Its in his name and his card details, I do not have access to his ebuyer account and would just prefer to get a card of equal value.

We cannot rma directly with power color here in the UK it must go through the distributor, I did email power color and this was the response they give me. They do no provide RMA service on their site for UK customers or customers in europe i don't think.
post #17 of 21
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90% of games released use 600 or less mb of video memory and by the time they'll use 1GB the HD6950 won't be able to run them.
90% of games were also released long before 2010. Quite a few newer titles can push 1GB at 1080/1200p today.

Off the top of my head, Crysis 2, Metro, Dragon Age 2, Shogun 2, GTA4 can all push the upper limits. I'd bet BF3 will as well.

1Gb obviously isn't going to cripple you now, but more breathing room is always a plus if you're planning on keeping the card for a few years.
post #18 of 21
I know how your feeling. I had to wait a month to see if another reference 6950 was back in stock. Alas, amd drivers and me could not coexist. Reference 6950s are EOL, unless you can find one used, there's a slim chance you'll find one at this time.

Going with a non-reference 6950 you won't loose much other than it most likely will not unlock. Still they are great cards. And you can't loose either with the 560 (ti recommended if you can find one ). If you are looking for a performance boost, get a 6970 or a gtx 570 as they are coming down in price a bit and will be more soon since the next gen cards will be appearing soon.
post #19 of 21
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UPDATE!-

Just off the phone to ebuyer, I went with 6950 2GB version, managed to get one of these for £4 extra so im happy enough. Here.

I just decided to stick with the 6950 2GB because like said before, it just is that little bit more future proofed. Would have loved to try one of the 560ti's but maybe another day

Edit to add: Actually couldn't believe it that ebuyer were trying to charge me for the shipping the replacement card back to me. I was like "Hold on, I pay for the return of a faulty card and now you will not pay for the return of the replacement, are you joking?" Then he disappeared for a while and came back to tell me that they could do the shipping for free but I would not be able to claim my expenses for shipping the card to them back. AND to make it worse there shipping to me would have cost £10 because im in northern ireland, even if you order a 120mm shipping is still £10 which i find ridiculous when other sites such as novatech do it for around £3-4.
post #20 of 21
Uhh, be stubborn and try and get a 6970 or a 570
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