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My feedback 6950 -> 6950 Unlocked -> 6970 ->6970 CF

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For those who are interested here is my short feedback on going from 6950 -> 6950 Unlocked -> 6970 ->6970 CF (all 2GB reference cards Rev 1.0 XFX) all tested on Dell Display 21 inch 1920x1080 resolution. I dont have Benchmarks since they are all over the forum and the internet.

THIS IS JUST A PERSONAL FEEDBACK FOR THOSE WHO CONSIDER UPGRADING TO CF.

I started with a XFX 6950 2GB card and was amazed how nice the graphics were rendering but then I was some seeing random lags in games such as Bulletstorm and Crysis. When I lowered the quality the lags went away but other than that everything else looked amazing.

Then I unlocked the BIOS to 6970 and didn't notice that much difference but I never touched the voltage.

Next I sold the 6950 and bought a 6970 ref v1.0 and right away I noticed a lot more improvements in games. I was able to notice more fps during teh games such as NFS HP and Dirt 3.

Next I got a second 6970 card for crossfire setup (always running the latest Driver and app profile) and did not notice any difference in any games other than Crysis 2 with the D11 patches. Other than that everything looked the same. Of course I was getting more fps but then I was getting decent fps with one card.

So I think best option is to spend the extra $80 and get the 6970 single card and stick with it until 79xx or 89xx series. 6970 crossfire is much too overkill for today's games. people with eyefinity might argue different but I would stick with high end single card and change every one or two generation.

Here is my 2 cents with my experience with 69xx cards.
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Get 2 more monitors and you'll see a difference
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I have a 6970 CF with a 6950 unlocked shaders and everything runs great @ 5760x1200
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Soon Soon I might have a U2711 Crossfire it at that resolution should be perfect
 
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