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My birthday is right around the corner, and I'm thinking of upgrading from my 2 XFX 5850s.. I do have an eyefinity setup and I do notice that in games if I rotate too fast, my screen gets choppy as if its trying to reload the video buffer. I'm guessing having a larger video memory will resolve this problem. It seems like the 6990s are the only ones with 4GB VRAM, and I don't know if prefer to go with the dual gpu on a single board solution.

I was thinking 2 6950s @ 2GB a piece .. what do you guys think?
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Sapphire 6950's, they have the highest chances in unlocking to 6970's

Besides...they are great over clockers.
post #3 of 12
6990's have 4GB of RAM but only 2GB are usable. This is because crossfire is in the works, and with a multi gpu setup working together all cards need to be running the same exact thing.

2 2GB 6950's sound good.
     
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Your monitors are 1080 in the sig right? In actuality the 6990s are just two 2gb cards slapped together on the PCB, so as far as video memory goes it will not really be more than 2x 6950s as they do not share it in the 4gb format.

6950s are great cards for the price and will not let you down. I haven't seen an ETA on the 7XXXs so who knows, maybe they will be out before Bday and you can step em on up!
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Yeah, I'm getting a good vibe on the 6950s, I mostly play MMOs so they aren't all that GPU intensive, but the chop is getting annoying :|
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post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by SeanWebster View Post
Sapphire 6950's, they have the highest chances in unlocking to 6970's

Besides...they are great over clockers.
i bought one of those cards thinking that but they don't unlock to a 6970 so returned it to newegg.
spoke with sapphire tech support and they told me you cant do it one bios is regular settings and the other is a overclock setting.
post #7 of 12
i would get the 3gb version of the 580
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by MASSKILLA View Post
i would get the 3gb version of the 580
which would cost the same as or more than 2 6950 2gb cards and perform less.

why are you recommending that again?

@OP, 6950 2gb CFX is the optimal solution at the moment.
    
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which would cost the same as or more than 2 6950 2gb cards and perform less.

why are you recommending that again?

@OP, 6950 2gb CFX is the optimal solution at the moment.
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post #10 of 12
Depends how long you are willing to wait and what kind of performance boost you are looking for. The 6950 is a marginal upgrade to a 5850. The main difference would be with the gddr size. That being said supposedly the southern islands cards are a few month away and offer significant performance gains over the current cards.
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