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As title says... I am not new to ATI or nvidia.. I am new to the newer stuff lol 6 series and 5 series for nvidia..

So I am building a new rig and basically have everything I want picked out. Where I am stuck is the best bang for buck GPU form ati.. I am not going to pay over 1k for 2 580's atm.. When ivy platform comes out I will upgrade again. I hear that the 6970 in xfire is a sweet way to go..

But my question is out of the 6970's what is the best way to go. OC'ing, low temps, good cooling solution. Water cooling will be down the road.. But for now I just want to get my rig setup and running ASAP. So with that being said I need some expert advice form you folks that keep up to speed with ATI's gpus

I have about 300 left in my budget to play with atm...

Thanks!
post #2 of 21
I'd say go with a 6950 2gb and unlock it to a 6970 for the best bang for the buck.
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post #3 of 21
Yep 2 Toxic 6950 unlocked in x-fire $579 total killer cards for the money .
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102951
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post #4 of 21
Yes, 2 6950s are the way to go for pure performance/$.

If you want pure performance with less noise for more $, get these. Best rear exhaust heatsinks available.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...0+iceq&x=0&y=0


If you prefer a single fast GPU, go with this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814133399
The 120mm rad essentially supplements the stock cooler.


Also, carefull with crossfire/sli on lower end cards. Those old microstutter issues are still around, but are much less of a problem on high end cards.
Edited by brucethemoose - 10/27/11 at 1:34pm
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I have about 300 left in my budget to play with atm... Thanks!
Apparently everyone missed that. Go with one of these to start off with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102951

It's only $270 after rebate. Unlock it to a 6970 just by flipping the bios switch. No flashing needed, as they added the 6970 bios to this card. Then, buy another 6950 Toxic later to run Crossfire.
    
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People are still recommending unlocking 6950s, i thought amd put an end to that earlier this year, or am i missing something?
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People are still recommending unlocking 6950s, i thought amd put an end to that earlier this year, or am i missing something?
Sapphire put the 6970 bios on the card I mentioned above. I think it's the only 6950 which offers the feature of just flipping a switch and unlocking it to a 6970.
    
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Sapphire put the 6970 bios on the card I mentioned above. I think it's the only 6950 which offers the feature of just flipping a switch and unlocking it to a 6970.
But the extra shaders is a big part of differentiating between a 6950 and 6970. Can you unlock shaders or is it just the bios? According to the link above it still has only 1408 shader units.
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When you switch to the 6970 bios it also unlocks the shaders.
    
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People are still recommending unlocking 6950s, i thought amd put an end to that earlier this year, or am i missing something?
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