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AMD fans, correct me if I'm wrong but from what I remember, a 5970 is not really two 5870 in crossfire. Actually, it's more like two 5830s in crossfire. Additionally, the AMD 5xxx series video cards did not scale that well compared to what's out now.
It is the same chip as the 5870 only downclocked to something like 5850 speeds to stay in spec with voltages and things. Most easily overclock to stock 5870 speeds at stock voltages. Same as the 6990 is now. Stock its not as powerful as 2x 6970 even though its the same chip but once you flip the bios it OCs itself to 6790 speeds I believe. Although I still think a 2x setup of 5870s or 6970s are still slightly more powerful than their dual gpu big brothers. And yes the 6000 series does scale better than the 5000s

As for the OP...If the card didnt run OCed 24/7 untill this point then Id say its lifespan really depends on what you do with it now. But why not just get another 6950...when run in xfire they are more powerful than the 5970 anyway and your still going to have the same amount of Vram. Also cheaper and it will scale better if you decide to run eyefinity.
Edited by Racersnare21 - 10/22/11 at 5:27pm
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You have a 6950 and you want to get a 5970? Just get a second 6950 >.>
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post #13 of 27
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You have a 6950 and you want to get a 5970? Just get a second 6950 >.>
^^ Great advice, and if you would have snagged this deal, Amazon link to what was a 200.00 His 6970. that would have been even better savings you could have unlocked your 6950 to a 6970 and then crossfired it.
post #14 of 27
Hi, I had my HD5970 with an Arctic Accelero Extreme for the past 1.5 years with a 850mhz/1200mhz oc on it. It ran fine for that time, I removed the Accelero cause I had enough air flow through my case and it got in the way of my tri-fire 5870-5970... unfortunately in removing the accelero I mucked up on unscrewing it and lost a DVI output
Sold it a couple of months ago on Ebay for $300. I think I asked a too low price cause it only took 1 hour before someone snapped it up!!
post #15 of 27
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Anywhere from 1ms to 20 years.... there's no real answer.
I see no legitimate reasoning this thread continued past the reply above.
post #16 of 27
I think it'll remain more relevant than a 6970 obviously.

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Anywhere from 1ms to 20 years.... there's no real answer.
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I wouldn't get it. [I do have one and it is a great card btw] You have a decent card and the 5970 is two years old next month. If you want a replacement, go with a HD 79xx when they arrive as you'll get double the VRAM and a nice boost in bandwidth, most of the performance and none of the microstutter for somewhere around the same price.
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It is the same chip as the 5870 only downclocked to something like 5850 speeds to stay in spec with voltages and things. Most easily overclock to stock 5870 speeds at stock voltages. Same as the 6990 is now. Stock its not as powerful as 2x 6970 even though its the same chip but once you flip the bios it OCs itself to 6790 speeds I believe. Although I still think a 2x setup of 5870s or 6970s are still slightly more powerful than their dual gpu big brothers. And yes the 6000 series does scale better than the 5000s

As for the OP...If the card didnt run OCed 24/7 untill this point then Id say its lifespan really depends on what you do with it now. But why not just get another 6950...when run in xfire they are more powerful than the 5970 anyway and your still going to have the same amount of Vram. Also cheaper and it will scale better if you decide to run eyefinity.
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You have a 6950 and you want to get a 5970? Just get a second 6950 >.>
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^^ Great advice, and if you would have snagged this deal, Amazon link to what was a 200.00 His 6970. that would have been even better savings you could have unlocked your 6950 to a 6970 and then crossfired it.
I do not wish to keep using my 6950. As I have stated on another thread, this is why: http://www.overclock.net/amd-ati/114...re-damage.html
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Hum... that's uh, interesting way to look at things. I burned up my newest gen card so now I'm going to buy a slightly more powerful old gen card. I dunno man, the 5970 is a beast but after using one -on water- I couldn't really recommend it. I wasn't that impressed. 5*** series is notorious for not scaling that well, along with it being old tech. If you're just doing gaming at 1080p then seriously just pick up a 6970, it's a lot cheaper.
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AMD fans, correct me if I'm wrong but from what I remember, a 5970 is not really two 5870 in crossfire. Actually, it's more like two 5830s in crossfire. Additionally, the AMD 5xxx series video cards did not scale that well compared to what's out now.
The HD5970 is two full HD5870 cores running at lower clocks.
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