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I think I'm going to go ahead an get it. Purely on the facts that it is a faster card, my current PSU will handle it, and I won't need to upgrade in the near future as in the case with the 6970 an going xfire, so in the end I'll save a big chunk of dough which could go towards a future next gen GPU card when the time comes.
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I've had a 5970 for almost 2 years and it is still one powerful card, I've my a few hickups with it here and there, but other than that its been a stable card. Although in the new drivers im not sure how to disable crossfire. i did a mild OC with it.
post #33 of 35
The 5970 is still a very powerful card, but it still has its flaw. I owned 2 5970 in crossfireX and there was not a game that it can't run, even on 5760x1080 resolution. The only downfall was that drivers were craptastic and the scaling on crossfiring was horrendous. Running a single 5970 solved most driver issues, but there were also a few rare times where drivers just crashed to desktop. Ever since I moved to the 6900 series, the drivers have been heaven. I don't know how the recent drivers fair with the 5000 series.

As others have mentioned, the 5970 is more powerful than the 6970.
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Originally Posted by lblitzer View Post
A fool and his money are easily parted
What a waste of a post.

You have no idea what this members cash reserves are and his question is a valid one.


OP, look at this report,

http://www.techspot.com/review/373-a...990/page4.html

The 5970 is still in the top 4 of single use cards, (non-SLI or CF)

Personally, I would consider the 580.
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post #35 of 35
I don't know anything about the 6970, but I have a Sapphire 5970. I'm running it on air stock (fan running at 60%) during gaming @ 890 / 12000 (oc'ing using MSI Afterburner). Been beta testing BF3 on Ultra setting and getting avg of 45-50 fps. I'm very happy with my card, bought it used on ebay for $300. The guy I bought it from never oc the card, he was selling it because he had two and needed the money.
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