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post #1 of 11
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I know that there are alot of these threads but i simply cannot decide on a new gpu.

Right now I am looking at the Sapphire 6950 TOXIC and the EVGA GTX 570.

I just RMA'd my old 5850 to MSI and plan on selling it when it is returned to me on ebay.

If anyone has any strong opinions either way they would be appreciated.
post #2 of 11
Yes get the 6950 reference 2gb so you can flash bios to a 6970 bios and get more performance.
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Originally Posted by Osea23 View Post
Yes get the 6950 reference 2gb so you can flash bios to a 6970 bios and get more performance.
that is, if the flash works.
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If I had to pick between those 2 EXACT cards you are looking at, I would chose the EVGA GTX 570 for the reason being that it outperforms the 6950 and the difference in price is about $40-50.

However..

If it was strictly between any a 6950 and a 570, I would grab a cheaper 6950 and save myself $80-$100. Yes, it would be taking a hit in performance slightly, but if you are gaming on the 1680x1050, it shouldn't be too bad. The 6950 is still a beast of a card.

That is my opinion though. I would use the extra $80-$100 and spend it on a SSD or something.
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I would choose the 570 hands down. More compatibility of games (wider arrange of games that have better performance with nvidia)

and the 570 is just better in terms of performance and overclock ability as well as evga being a pretty top customer support compared to others.
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post #6 of 11
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Thanks for the input guys.

Correct me if i'm wrong but doesn't the Sapphire 6950 TOXIC almost always flash to 6970 bios?

Whereas the reference cards no longer do?
post #7 of 11
two choices, get a saphire toxic 6950 and hope it flashes to a 70. Or go with the safe bet and get the 570. like Pchow said, get an EVGA, they have been my last 3 cards, and they are fantastic.
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Originally Posted by Doctor-Detective View Post
Thanks for the input guys.

Correct me if i'm wrong but doesn't the Sapphire 6950 TOXIC almost always flash to 6970 bios?

Whereas the reference cards no longer do?
ive heard that a toxic has a very high chance of flash, because you pay a 40 dollar premium over a reference card. Somewhere in the ballpark of about 65%
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6950 all the way.
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post #10 of 11
yeah, it's about 2/3 people can flash it.
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